Stand Strong 4 Sweet Louise

Not in our wildest dreams did we imagine this. The past 24 hours has been nothing short of incredible. We’ve seen the most amazing outpouring of love, of community spirit, of pure generosity, and we’re just in awe of this wonderful community. It’s safe to say, it’s a day none of us here at Sweet Louise will be forgetting any time soon. Together we absolutely smashed our target – we … Read More

In memory of Hilary

“When my friend Hilary was diagnosed with breast cancer she researched, questioned and then threw herself into her treatment with determination,” says Denise. “After an initial period of remission, it was devastating to find her cancer had not only returned but had spread throughout her body. Faced with a terminal diagnosis, Hilary continued to fight the cancer with everything she had, while still working and living life to the full. … Read More

Meeting with the Minister of Health

Sweet Louise joined Breast Cancer Aotearoa Coalition (BCAC) representatives in Wellington recently to meet with Minister of Health, Hon. Andrew Little and Prof. Diana Sarfati, CEO of Te Aho o Te Kahu (Cancer Control Agency) to discuss some of the key issues affecting New Zealanders with breast cancer. The three key issues BCAC raised with the Minister and Prof. Sarfati were: risk management and targeted screening for early detection and … Read More

My world turned upside down

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You are told you have breast cancer. And for you, there is no cure. You are heart-broken by the news. Then it hits everyone you love. Karen was just 41-years-old when she found out she had breast cancer. The cancer had already spread to other parts of her body – there is no cure. “I cried for myself – and my family. How will my daughter manage without her mum?” … Read More

Compassion comes first

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“Being a Sweet Louise Support Coordinator is no ordinary job,” says Nadine Morton, Support Coordinator for the Auckland region. “Every day is unique. I have a background in occupational therapy and counselling and this framework helps me to support our members who are living with incurable breast cancer. We help in whatever way a member needs. I don’t always have the answers but I help where I can. “Often women … Read More

Helping more people than I ever could by myself

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“We all need friends. Life can be hard, especially for those with health issues,” says Vernon Harvey, Trustee of Sweet Louise. Vernon was Louise’s oncologist and treated her throughout her cancer journey. Over the 10 years of her treatment, Vernon became good friends with Louise and her husband Scott. After Louise died, Scott wanted to do something to honour Louise and he talked with Vernon about a way to honour Louise’s … Read More

Tea with the Governor General

We were incredibly privileged to be invited by The Governor-General of New Zealand The Rt Hon Dame Patsy Reddy to a special morning tea at Government House in Auckland and Wellington. It was a wonderful experience for all and lovely to see so many of smiling faces!

I cannot be cured, yet every day I feel healed

Natalie Yeoman from Dunedin is a mother, grandmother, teacher, poet, writer and musician. Natalie shares here her difficult story of missed signs and ‘failure to treat’ that eventually led to incurable breast cancer. She also shares her positivity, her gratitude for your support, and some of her beautiful poetry. “In spite of regular self-examination and mammograms, my breast cancer was not picked up until the beginning of 2015. I first … Read More

Sweet remembrance

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The wonderful Stella Wall not only volunteers her time at our office, she has also left a gift in her Will to help make sure Sweet Louise can continue to support women with incurable breast cancer. “Leaving a gift in my Will is my way of giving back,” says Stella. Stella’s daughter, Donna, was one of the first women to join Sweet Louise. Donna was only 29 when she was … Read More

Spectacular day out at Gibbs Farm!

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Thank you to all those who joined us for a fabulous day out at Gibbs Farm on Saturday, 13 March 2021! Thanks to you, we raised $80,000 for incurable breast cancer support. The money raised will help provide vital support meetings and services for Kiwis with incurable breast cancer throughout New Zealand. We received this lovely message of thanks from a mum with advanced breast cancer who was able to … Read More

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