Auckland is not the only centre holding head and neck cancer support meetings. As far as we know there are regular meetings in Nelson and Christchurch. We are not sure about Wellington. Does anyone know?

Here, committee member Cosette Calder reports on the most recent Christchurch meeting. 

On Thursday 19th of October Christchurch held its 6 weekly meeting. This meeting was about  “patient stories” where patients tell their story to the group.

Our first speaker was diagnosed with base of tongue cancer five years ago and our second speaker spoke of throat cancer diagnosis two years ago. These stories brought up many issues faced by our head and neck community. Particularly swallowing issues, lose of taste and hearing impairment.

The stories led to a group discussion on these topics with others sharing their similar experiences.

Although we did share experiences of trauma there were some lighthearted comments and laughs as well which made for an informative, relaxed social evening. A place for our patients and caregivers to feel supported, and that they are not on this journey alone.

If you would like to join our Christchurch group, please contact Pene Clifford from the Cancer Society 03 3795835 and view the Canterbury West Coast Cancer Society website where you can find a list of support groups and times. 

https://canterbury-west-coast.cancernz.org.nz/how-we-can-help/want-support/support-groups-and-programmes/

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