Member newsletter 6 November

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An update on Sweet October and Breast Cancer Awareness Month Lizzie, Margaret and Jessy in the news Team update Time Out: your chance to access a free holiday home …and more. Read the newsletter in full.

Member newsletter 28 September

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Our latest member e-newsletter, featuring: An update on member meetings Annemarie’s story and first book Sweet October Survey 2020 …and more. Read the newsletter in full.

Member newsletter 28 August

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Our latest member e-newsletter, featuring: An update on member meeting Preeti’s  dramatic  journey home Sweet October Survey 2020 …and more. Read the newsletter in full.

Preeti’s dramatic journey home

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Whilst we were all anxious when the first lockdown began, at least for most of us, it meant staying in indoors in the relative safety of our own home. But for our member Preeti Satam, who was visiting family in India when the lockdown was announced, it meant being locked out of New Zealand. She shares with us her adventure on getting back home to Auckland. “I was invited to … Read More

Presentation on managing anxiety

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Earlier this week, we ran the online presentation about anxiety, what it is, how it affects us and how can we manage it. Dr Rebecca Storey, Senior Clinical Psychologist for Cancer Services at Waitemata DHB gave a short presentation about anxiety and how techniques such as reframing thoughts can be used. Louise Bobbit, Integrative Nurse Coach and mindfulness practitioner talked about mindfulness as a tool for managing anxiety and lead … Read More

Cancer is just a word

Jessy Terry from Mokau in the Taranaki region (age 76) has been a Sweet Louise member for 12 years. She brings an incredible warmth and generosity and to the member meetings – leaving a deep impression on those she meets. Our Support Coordinator Nicki, says there is something very special and spiritual about Jessy. We hope her story here conveys some of this. Meet Jessy About 12 years ago I … Read More

Member meetings postponed

COVID-19 UPDATE: WEDNESDAY, 19 AUGUST 2020 With the Covid cases appearing in Auckland, we have taken the difficult decision to postpone all our face-to-face meetings with members until Friday, 28 August. We’ll review this decision again on Friday, 28 August. We’re disappointed – but the health and safety of our Sweet Louise community is our absolute priority. Please contact your Support Coordinator if you have any questions or concerns. Our … Read More

Update on member meetings

COVID-19 UPDATE: Monday, 21 September 2020 With the announcement that Auckland will remain at level 2 lockdown, we will continue to place on hold all face-to-face activities in Auckland until the next update from the government on Covid-19 alert levels on 5th October The safety of our members is our first priority and this decision has been made with this in mind. Better news for the rest of New Zealand. … Read More

Member news: Living well with advanced breast cancer

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Member newsletter: 29 July 2020 Happy International Friendship Day! We’re really enjoying being able to get out and about again post lockdown to connect with you at our meetings and visits. In this newsletter: meet Jessy, sign up for a rural Zoom meeting, join the online presentation on managing anxiety. Read the newsletter in full    

Zoom meet-up 12 August

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Are you unable to attend a Sweet Louise morning tea? Let’s connect online! Sweet Louise would love to connect with our rural members and members who may be unable to attend our morning teas. If that sounds like you, please come along to our rural zoom meeting. This is a great opportunity to meet and connect, share strengths and challenges. The zoom meeting will be held on Wednesday, 12 August from … Read More

Presentation on managing anxiety: 25 August

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We know from you, our members, that anxiety is something you live with as part of your cancer diagnosis. Add in the roller coaster ride of uncertainty, fear and change that many of us have experienced as we have lived through the Covid-19 pandemic over the last few months and we’re thinking – let’s talk about this. Let’s talk about anxiety, what it is, how it affects us and how … Read More

Update on vouchers

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Sweet Louise has proudly supported our members for over 15 years through the work of our Support Coordinators and also financially with our voucher system. Recently, due to changes in economic circumstances in New Zealand and globally, we have had to take the difficult decision to review our voucher offering to members for the period 1 July 2020 to 30 June 2021. From 1 July 2020 to 30 June 2021, our voucher … Read More

Member newsletter 26 June

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How lucky we are here in New Zealand that we have been able to return to some sort of normality. For us, that means getting stuck into planning our visits to you and our member meetings. Member meetings will be back on from July – we know you’ve missed them, and so have we! We are busy planning the meetings as we speak and we will be announcing details on the dates and venues … Read More

Helping is the greatest reward

Robyn Warin is one of more than 50 volunteers who support Sweet Louise and our members throughout New Zealand. We are so grateful for their support and generosity. Robyn regularly prepares and facilitates the morning tea for the Northland member meetings. Robyn first became involved with Sweet Louise through the New Zealand Textile Fishing Competition, which used to be a key fundraiser for Sweet Louise. Last December, at the Pt … Read More

A wave from the Winedown

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Our Sweet Louise member Lynne Hanson shares her love of a road trip adventure and living for the moment! Lynne says: “We have owned various buses and caravans for over 40 years and recently purchased a new motorhome to enable us to travel around the country now that I’ve retired. We’ve got solar power so there’s no need for campgrounds. We have everything we need on board – no packing … Read More

Member newsletter 12 June

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From this week our Support Coordinators are resuming personal contact with you – initially meeting with individual members. And as advised previously, from July we will resume member meetings. Also in this newsletter: Online presentation on managing anxiety Meet member Lynne Hansons Cookbook competition …and more Read the newsletter in full 

Cookbook Competition

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Calling all bakers, cooks, chefs and sous chefs. Here’s your chance to let your talents in the kitchen shine with the Sweet October Recipe Competition! Last year the Sweet October e-Cookbook raised awareness and vital funds to help Sweet Louise support our members. This year, we want to build on this success and we need your help! We are aiming to release a 2020 update of the e-cookbook and we … Read More

Avalon: Living the dream in a D11 dozer

Avalon is a Sweet Louise member from a very special part of the country. Avalon is Ngāti Mahuta ki te Hauāuru and lives in Taharoa on the west coast of the North Island, to the southwest of Kawhia, in rural Waikato. Thanks to positive thinking and a job she loves – she knows she’s got this! “My breast cancer was diagnosed in 2014,” said Avalon. “They told me at that … Read More

Member newsletter 21 May

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As restrictions around Covid-19 ease across New Zealand and life starts to return to normal, we want to update you about our plans for resuming face-to-face contact with all Sweet Louise members. Also in this newsletter: A special gift from Tessa Johnson Mailene: My mental health boost! A simple bridge: meet Support Coordinator Lesley Read the newsletter in full

Life with ABC podcast series

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Life with ABC (advanced breast cancer) is a podcast series in which Jane, an experienced documentary-maker and Sweet Louise member, chats with other Sweet Louise members to share their thoughts and experiences of living with advanced breast cancer. Episode 1: The Stage 4 bombshell  “A diagnosis of ABC is like a bomb going off. It calls absolutely everything into question.”  The panel speak frankly about their thoughts and feelings, covering work, … Read More

Member News April 30

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How our world has changed in these first few months of 2020. Who could have envisaged life in isolated bubbles? And while the new quietness of our roads, the increase in birdsong and the relative simplicity of life are aspects we might all appreciate – there are things we miss from ‘normal’ life too. Contact with loved ones, family and friends is one of the biggest for sure. Connection is one … Read More

Covid-19: latest information

This is a particularly challenging time for our members. We have listed below some useful information and resources that you might find useful at this time. If you need help in any way at this time, please contact your Sweet Louise Support Coordinator.  Whether it’s shopping for groceries or you need counselling support, please reach out to your Support Coordinator or email and we will be available to help. … Read More

Member News May 2020

We’re changing the way we work and while for now we can’t get together in person at our usual member meetings in cafés, we are still very keen to connect our members with each other and share experiences. We are therefore replacing face-to-face meetings with Zoom where we can. There’s more information on how to join us on Zoom in our e-newsletter. If Zoom isn’t for you we will continue … Read More

Member News April 2020

As we enter week 2 of lockdown, we’re very keen to keep in regular contact with you. As one way of doing this, we’re introducing this new email newsletter that we’ll send more regularly, rather than posting our printed newsletter every two months. For members who don’t have email access, we’ll continue to post a copy of the newsletter. Featuring a wonderful story about member Tessa, links to some fascinating … Read More

March & April 2020 Member Newsletter

Please click the link to read our latest members newsletter Lizzie on living life well Lizzie is a Police Officer, a basketballer, a netballer, a mum and a grandmother. And she is the inspiration behind a programme that assists victims of domestic violence. Lizzie has also been living with advanced breast cancer for eight years. “I was first diagnosed with breast cancer in May 2010 when I was 42 years … Read More

December 2019 & Jan/Feb 2020 Member Newsletter

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Sweet Louise October/November Newsletter

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Please click on the link below to read the full member newsletter for October and November. Please note the Warkworth member meeting is on Friday October 5 at the Coffee Club at 4/67 Auckland Rd, Warkworth from 10.30am to 12noon. We apologise for the error in the newsletter. Sweet Louise October/November Member Newsletter  

Sweet Louise October/November Newsletter

Please click on the link below to read the full member newsletter for October and November. Please note the Warkworth member meeting is on Friday October 5 at the Coffee Club at 4/67 Auckland Rd, Warkworth from 10.30am to 12noon. We apologise for the error in the newsletter. Sweet Louise October/November Member Newsletter  

Running For His Mum

I haven’t always been into exercise. Five years ago I couldn’t even run down the street! So when I decided to run Wellington’s Round the Bays half marathon in February I knew it wasn’t going to be easy. Knowing I could fundraise for a cause I believed in made it all the more worthwhile. The decision to run for Sweet Louise was easy because a few years ago, my mum … Read More

December Meeting Dates

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Member Meetings for December 2016/February 2017 (No meetings scheduled for January 2017). If you have any questions about Auckland and Northland meetings, please email your Auckland Support Coordinator or email to see if transport is available. Please note times for individual meetings. Morning tea is provided. Auckland West/North Shore/Warkworth/Northland. Contact Sarah on 027 371 8686 or 0800 11 22 77 Whangarei: Tuesday 6 December, 10:30am- 12pm, Daffodil House … Read More

A Special Thank You

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We had a lovely October meeting in Auckland. A special thank you to the ladies Carlene, Ida, Maria and Christine from Whiri Aroha (which means weaving with love) who spent a very relaxing and enjoyable hour teaching us to make flax flowers.They also showed some examples of korowhai (cloaks) that they weave with feathers. All the ladies enjoyed taking the flowers they weaved and a few more gifted from the … Read More

November and December Meeting Dates

If you have any questions about Auckland and Northland meetings, please email your Auckland Support Coordinator or email to see if transport is available. Please note times for individual meetings. Morning tea is provided. Auckland West/North Shore/Warkworth/Northland Contact Sarah on 027 371 8686 or 0800 11 22 77 Henderson: Monday 7 November, 9:30-11am Kings Plant Barn, 224 Universal Drive. Warkworth: Monday 21 November, 10:00-11:30am The Honey Centre, 7 … Read More

Service Provider News

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Bev Domancie at New Look Beauty & Skin Care Clinic is offering the Sweet Louise Ladies a special for November. If you book a Treatment Skin Care Facial (90 minutes) which is her most popular treatment and includes lots of massage (neck, shoulders, face, scalp and a foot & leg massage) as well as a brow tidy, you’ll will get a free Touch up Pedicure which is just removal of old nail … Read More

An Open Letter from BCAC

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Breast Cancer Aotearoa Coalition (BCAC) has launched a campaign for greater access to medicines to give Kiwis with secondary breast cancer a better chance at life. Visit their website for more information.

A day in the life…

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Last week I had my first appraisal since I started working as a Support Coordinator at Sweet Louise in September last year. As I reflected on my Support Coordinator role, I realised what a varied one it is. I often feel like I wear many hats: Administrator – organising vouchers for our members that provide services that help improve quality of life and recruiting new service providers. Arranging family initiative payments has … Read More

Clinical Trials in Auckland, Waikato and Christchurch

Do you have advanced triple negative breast cancer? Auckland, Waikato and Christchurch hospitals are all running clinical trials for Keytruda, a new type of cancer immunotherapy that’s had promising results in early stage trials. Click here to read about the early results, and if you’d like to take part in one of these trials, no matter where in the country you live, email Helen at NZBCF – These trials … Read More

Fill your car up with petrol and love: It’s Good in the Hood time again

You’ve got the chance to be a superstar when you fill up at Z Stations around the country!  Spread the word… Z service stations around the country will be supporting four neighbourhood groups each and we’re lucky enough to be one of the chosen groups in 14 stations. Where can you vote for us? Z Ti Rakau Drive – Auckland Z Wilmot Motors—Warkworth Z Kamo – Whangarei Z Kepa Road—Auckland … Read More

April News: Cushion Stars!

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Sheryl and Simon have recently delivered their first batch of heart cushions to Tracy, Support Coordinator, in Wellington. Sheryl says “We decided we wanted to help others as we understand how life can change dramatically in a heartbeat. Seven years ago Simon was involved in a car accident which left him with a brain injury.  Without the help and support of family, friends and therapists we wouldn’t be where we are … Read More

April News: Journal Writing Workshop

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Ever wanted to write your own story but don’t know how?  Whangaparaoa Library (Pohutukawa Room), Saturday 16 April, 10am-3.30pm $15 fee includes a copy of Jane’s book, ‘Welcome to the Amazon Club’ This one day workshop will include: An introduction to journal writing How keeping a journal can help with everyday life Tips for daily writing Turning your journal writing into life story To register: Enrol online at Email Jane at … Read More

April Service Provider News

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Wellington:  We now have the services of The Beauty Room,5 Britannia Street, Petone. The lovely staff there are available for all kinds of beauty treatments. Freedom drivers are now available in: Hamilton—Stuart Aston 07 826 4189 Tauranga South—Gavin Bennett 07 575 6324 Rotorua—Robert Strickland –07 213 1961 Vouchers If you need help using your vouchers, please remember Support Coordinators are always available to help you through the process, either by … Read More

April News: Member Story

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We love it when a member is able to use her vouchers to indulge herself. Like Adrienne… on one of her    regular visits to Wellington, she was able to stop and have a pampering day at the Woolshed in Pukerua Bay. She says, “Pamela and Verity have the best aromatherapy bath and massage and the rest at the retreat in lovely trees was healing, energising and very nurturing. The lunch and … Read More

December: Mid Central news from Geraldine

Hawkes Bay The sun shone brightly, warming the day to 26 degrees when we met at the beautiful Birdwood cafe in Havelock North for our last meeting of the year. Louise and Bruce Stobart, owners of the café, have built a gorgeous marquee out in the garden nestled in amongst some incredible sculptures that we enjoyed our morning within. The marquee is beautifully decorated with a current Christmas theme and … Read More

December: Waikato News from Lyn

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Our last Hamilton meeting had a Christmas theme—Dianne Derbyshire taught us to make simple but very beautiful floral table centres that we can make again and look very ‘clever’ for Christmas. For longer lasting flowers, Dianne advised us to trim all the leaves off the stems which will be in water and to dunk the cut stems in boiling water for a few minutes before placing in a vase. Also … Read More

December: Wellington and Christchurch News from Tracy

Wellington News Our November meeting saw us preparing for Christmas. We were guided through making a beautiful Christmas tree card by Lynne Hawkes, a very talented creative lady. She calmly encouraged us and ensured we all went home with our own masterpiece. Thanks to our volunteers who took care of all the housekeeping details, food and drink, and to a young volunteer who photographed the day. Ladies from the Kapiti … Read More

December: Auckland News from Steph and Sinda

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At the Epsom meeting there was some discussion about mindfulness, and we also practised a short exercise. On the Breast Cancer Network Australia website there were these suggestions too: Download the free Smiling Mind app for your smartphone or computer and try the mindfulness exercises. Search iTunes for free mindfulness podcasts, e.g. Zencast. YouTube has a wide selection of relaxation and mindfulness exercises. Check with your local council or community … Read More

November: Mid Central News from Geraldine

“Spring is sprung, the grass is ris. I wonder where the birdies is?” Well spring has certainly arrived along with the changeable weather, I feel excited when the sun is shinning only to be plummeted back into my winter clothes in a flash! We again enjoyed a lovely morning at the Cooperage cafe and were joined by Gen Kelsang Demo from the Amitabha Buddhist Centre, who shared with us her … Read More

November: Wellington News from Tracy

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Our October meeting was held at a different venue where we still enjoyed good company and a lovely morning tea provided by the Good Bitches Baking Company. Next year we are planning to run members meetings on a regular basis in Kapiti and in the Hutt Valley, as well as the regular Wellington City meeting. This is in response to much feedback about the difficulties of travelling distances. I am … Read More

November: Waikato News from Lyn

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Waikato members were treated to a ‘Look Good Feel Better’ session at the October members meeting. This was a lot of fun and I must say that everyone looked truly lovely with huge smiles on their faces at the completion of the morning. Thank you to Robyn and her wonderful team of volunteers from Look Good Feel Better. Gail and Sherryn from ‘Gail’s of Tamahere’  treated us so well by … Read More

November: Auckland News from Sinda and Steph

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Auckland members dusted off their hats pre-Melbourne Cup and wore them to the October meeting, where we welcomed Kerrin Osbourne from Kaus. Kerrin shared the story behind Kaus, which came to life because her mother could not find hats and scarves during her treatment that were both comfortable and stylish. In response, Kerrin decided to design some for her mum, and they proved so popular, a business began. All the … Read More

October: Waikato News from Lyn

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Sally facilitated the Hamilton September meeting and really enjoyed meeting some of our Waikato members. Raewyn Wallace spoke about the benefits or massage and gave a demonstration—this was very much enjoyed by everyone. The Thames meeting did not go ahead as the few members in that area were unable to attend. Matamata was a most enjoyable meeting with three members enjoying each other s company over a cup of coffee … Read More

October: Mid Central News from Geraldine

Hawkes Bay This month we met at the lovely No. 5 Cafe & Larder, with the room looking beautiful with lovely flowers on our tables. We were joined by Hayley Jenkins who shared her knowledge of essential oils and practical emotional wellness steps. Hayley gained her qualification of BSc Dietetics from Michigan State University and is certainly passionate about the mind and body wellness connection and the various oils that are … Read More

October: Wellington News from Tracy

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At our Members meeting on 26 September we appreciated a very informative talk with Chelsea, clinical dietitian from Wellington hospital. Chelsea engaged us all, answering many questions from members regarding diets, super foods, sugar and more. There was much excitement in the group as we viewed the ‘hot off the press’ article in the Australian Woman’s Weekly featuring our own Max Croskery. It has been my pleasure to make contact with … Read More

October: Auckland news from Sinda, Sally & Jana

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What a great turnout for our joint meeting with Look Good Feel Better and Sweet Louise. Luckily the sun was shining and everyone could soak up a bit of sun whilst they drank their cups of tea and nibbled on yummy healthy biscuits provided by “Good Bitches Baking”. Meanwhile the team of makeup artists from Look Good Feel Better were making preparations to transform everyone with their skills and have … Read More

October: Mid Central News from Geraldine

In Palmerston North we enjoyed a lovely morning tea and then we were ‘at it’ again being creative with card making. From the various bits and pieces to hand it was incredible the array of fantastic cards that we produced, and how nice it is to give a card that has been made with care and thought. We certainly appear to be a talented bunch so I do hope you can join … Read More

October: Auckland News from Sinda, Sally and Jana

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[Best_Wordpress_Gallery id=”5″ gal_title=”Auckland meeting”] We were lucky to have Physiotherapist Michelle Gall (also a Clinical Pilates instructor) come and talk about the Pinc programmes and take us through some breathing and relaxation exercises. The Pinc and Steel Cancer Rehabilitation Trust has funding throughout the country to support access onto the programmes. Michelle reassured that programmes are individualised and aimed at meeting your own goals, be that walking  the dog, … Read More

October: Waikato News from Sinda

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This month Dr Anna Goodwin, Oncologist with special interest in Nutrition and Environmental Medicine was the guest speaker….she certainly kept us all riveted and we all took home messages.  Here are a just few… Choices make us feel more empowered Fear takes power and joy away Meditation – find ways to positively manage stress, eg consider the single nostril breathing technique if you find meditation difficult. Exercise – walk regularly … Read More

September: Upcoming Events

Northland: Breast Cancer Support Northland has an Annual Retreat for Northland women in October. There are still a few places left!! If you would like a relaxing weekend at Mangawhai being pampered, please message them on Facebook for an application. Auckland: Music therapy – at dove hospice, Glendowie, Auckland This opportunity to connect with others around music and relaxation to engage in reminiscence and life reflection through music.  Sessions will be led by … Read More

September: Auckland News from Sinda, Sally and Jana

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Creative juices were flowing at the July Auckland meeting where colours and patterns were carefully matched to make beautiful patchwork cards. Steph Hansen brilliantly co ordinated us all with everyone going home with very professional looking cards and the makings of a bookmark. Which Steph had prettily packaged in a gift box with a bonus chocolate. One member commented how much she enjoyed the focus and found it very calming. … Read More

September: Wellington News from Sinda

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In August thanks to the generosity of four Wellington Service Providers, 12 members had first hand experience of Reflexology. This modality is believed to have its roots in the ancient civilizations: Egypt, China, Africa and the native Indian tribes of America. It involves the application of pressure by the practitioner’s hands, thumbs, and fingers to reflex points in the client’s hands, feet, or ears. Read more at:  

September: Mid Central News from Geraldine

We met at Birdwood’s Café in Havelock North with all their beautiful African arts and crafts for a delicious morning tea in the beautiful conservatory overlooking the gardens complete with huge sculptures. As pictured we certainly enjoyed our morning sharing stories and much laughter. In Palmerston North we gathered at the Cooperage Café armed with photos of ourselves in our younger years and attempted to match ‘who was who’ in … Read More

September: Waikato News from Lyn

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The Hamilton meeting in July was very well attended and everyone contributed towards making one another aware of the multitude of services available to Members.  These ranged from  exercise, retreats, WINZ funeral grants and funeral options, to wigs and prostheses and transport options to name a few.  It was great to see Mew members come along and feel welcomed. The Matamata, Thames and Tokoroa meetings have a small attendance but … Read More

Farewell to Elva

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This month we farewell Elva Phillips, the Wellington Support Coordinator. As many of you know, she was instrumental in the set up and delivery of a wide range of support services to our members living in the Greater Wellington Area since 2009. All the best Elva! We are currently recruiting a new Support Coordinator for the Wellington area. This staff member will also be responsible for the planning of the … Read More

August: Upcoming Events

Waikato: Look Good Feel Better Workshops: Hamilton – August 5th and 19th, September 2nd, 16th and 30th Thames – August 12th Tauranga – August 4th and 25th, September 15th Lymphoedema Education Monthly at Hamilton Lion’s Cancer Lodge on the last Tuesday of each month, next session is 25 August. Wellington: The Wellington Lymphoedema Support group Meets on the 3rd Tuesday of the month 7-9pm at St John’s Anglican Church Hall, … Read More

August: Mid Central News from Geraldine

Rae Brown of the Cooperage Café joined us for a morning of great fun. Rae very generously made a huge batch of delicious chocolate cupcakes and was armed with an amazing array of nozzles, cutters and design tools to transform the butter icing into great creations. Mastering the bag full of icing to squirt on the cupcakes was no mean feat and a few of us were a bit wobbly … Read More

August: Auckland News from Sinda, Sally and Jana

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We had a wonderful High Tea at the Wintergardens last month with 30+ members from all over Auckland meeting for a cup of tea, sandwiches and cakes. Despite competing for attention with a giant ‘corpse’ flower in the gardens, everyone managed to make their way to the cosy warmth of the Wintergarden pavilion. With special thanks to Kim and her team at the Wintergardens, Brian and his driving with Freedom … Read More

August: Waikato News from Lyn

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As everywhere, the weather has been extremely cold but has not dampened the enthusiasm of our Members. We had a wonderful meeting at Cafe Fresca in June and it was lovely to have three new Members engage in the care and mutual support of other Members. We had a good discussion around ideas for future Member Meetings and I have come away with an exciting list of requests that I … Read More

July: Waikato News from Lyn

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Nicola Mayos from Breast Care Products NZ gave a fun and informative demonstration of lingerie, prostheses and sports wear at our Hamilton Members Meeting. There was a lot of discussion around who is eligible for Ministry of Health funding towards full or partial prostheses. Please speak to your Breast Nurse to discuss whether you meet the criteria. Unfortunately, only a couple of Members were able to come to the Thames … Read More

July: Wellington News from Elva

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The weather gods were kind to us for our Mid-Winter Christmas lunch. It was a beautiful winter’s day in Wellington. Thanks to all Members who made the journey from near and far. We welcomed some new Members and it was great to see them enjoying the conversation and feeling at home in company of other Sweet Louise Members. A few keen Members arrived early for the Qi Gong Session and … Read More

July: Mid Central News from Geraldine

It’s official, winter is here! As I write I have the fire roaring as the lovely mild days we have been having now seem to be over and we have had a few cracking frosts. We have been lucky here in the Manawatu without much wind, so have been treated to a feast of glorious autumnal colours that the trees have been able to hang onto. We gathered at the … Read More

July: Auckland News from Sinda, Sally and Jana

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Aaran Church is a Service Provider and offers Reiki, Acupunture, Acupressure, EFT and Tai Chi. It was fantastic to have him along at the latest Auckland Meeting answering questions we had and sharing a wealth of knowledge. It was a lively meeting with much discussion and some time to try Tai Chi. We all had a good try even if we may not have been quite as flowing and graceful … Read More

June: Upcoming Events

Dove house is offering a six week “Heart Centred Music Group” starting on the 21st of May at 1:30pm-3pm. Please register your interest by phoning 09 575 4555. Lisa’s Wish – peer support service for children. Next outing to Snow Planet on 21st of June at 1:30pm. Please phone 021 132 2483 for further details. Look Good Feel Better Hamilton sessions for May and June will be held at the … Read More

June: Service Provider News

New Providers: Indulgence Beauty and Day Spa in Matamata. Phone 07 888 8794 Ada Sobieszczuk offering Acupuncture in Titirangi. Phone 09 827 6205 Elisabeth Apel offering QiGong Classes on Waiheke Island and in Auckland. Phone 09 372 5492 Service Provider Changes: Active Physio New Plymouth is under new ownership. Phone 06 769 9992 Diane Lacey – Auckland Lymphoedema therapist has a new email contact:

Free Counselling with NZBCF

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The New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation has partnered with Stratos, a national counselling service, to provide free support for people coping with the emotional challenges which often accompany breast cancer. Counselling can help you talk through concerns, manage stress and find better ways to cope and communicate with family and friends. Often it is helpful to talk things through with someone not connected to your life. This service is free, … Read More

June: Mid Central News from Geraldine

Wishing you all a belated happy Mother’s Day. I do hope you had a lovely day with family and received a few treats! Here in Palmerston North, 480 women lined up for the Mother’s Day Fun Run, a mixture of walking and running 10km, raising just over $10.000! The great buzz and energy of the crowd was infectious and there were lots of super costumes with fantastic spot prizes won … Read More

June: Waikato News from Lyn

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The Hamilton Meeting in April was the first one I have attended in my new role and I was delighted by the wonderful turnout and comradery amongst Members and supporters. Jan Clark, Nurse Specialist from Hospice Waikato, spoke about ‘Advance Care Planning’. This was a lively meeting which sparked some very interesting discussion. A good number of Waikato Members attended Singin’ in the Rain and gave rave reviews. It sounds … Read More

June: Wellington News from Elva

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Wellington turned on a glorious day for our May Meeting, it was lovely to see you all again and to welcome another new Member to our group. A special thanks to Lyn for the delicious lunch as always! I am a Tai Chi Qi Gong (Chi Gong) instructor and offered to take everyone through a short session of Tai Chi Qi Gong. Tai Chi Qi Gong consists of gentle, easy … Read More

June: Auckland News from Sinda, Sally and Jana

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It was great to hear from new Service Provider Shelley Simpson who shared a little about the digital recording that she can do, helping Members to produce their own DVD complete with sound and a photographic record. Shelley also said she might be able to help with other digital creations such as snap fish book making. We also heard from Kaytee Boyd who is a Nutritionist and Natural support and … Read More

May: Waikato News from Sinda and Lyn

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Yvonne Randle, Community Dietitian kept us spellbound with her sensible approach to diet and eating. She highlighted some of the myths of diet and good nutrition. Yvonne started her talk with information on the benefits of eating a wide range of fruit and vegetables.  For good health New Zealand guidelines recommend you eat five or more serving a day.  Although World Health Organisation currently recommends up to 10 portions a day. … Read More

May: Wellington News from Elva

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It felt like autumn was upon us at the March Members Meeting – we cranked up the fire at Hobson House to take the chill off. Lynn Black made us a wonderful vegetarian flan, fresh salad and an amazing banana sponge, followed by a fresh fruit platter. It was enjoyed by everyone. Thank you Lynn for the amazing food. Nicola Mayos from Breastcare Products made the long drive down from … Read More

May: Auckland News from Sinda, Sally and Jana

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Pukekohe Members once again met at the Cafe Berne in Pukekohe this month. It is always good to see new and old Members coming along. The next meeting in Pukekohe will be on the Tuesday the 23rd of June. The West Auckland Cafe Meeting was a lovely affair. We were very pleased to be able to celebrate Winnies 60th birthday. This was a very special celebration for her as she … Read More

May: Mid Central News from Geraldine

It seems that we have been given our first taste of winter! Brrr the last few days have been rather chilly to say the least and I have dusted off my electric blanket. We gathered at the Cooperage Café armed with material, ribbons, buttons, lace and lots of creative thoughts for the ‘dressing’ of our Sweet Louise ‘chicks’. The chicks will adorn the track for the Mother’s Day 10k for … Read More

April: Auckland News from Sinda, Sally and Jana

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Tarsha Dean from The Flower Shed came along to the Whangarei Members meeting and shared her love and enthusiasm for flowers with us. A lot of fun was had creating beautiful table displays which were amazing and very individual. Thank you to Tarsha for her time, flowers and expertise, The Cancer Society for hosting us and our lovely volunteer Robyn for raiding her garden for foliage and making us morning … Read More

April: Waikato News from Sinda

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The February Hamilton Meeting was attended by Nancy James, Social Worker at Hospice Waikato. She highlighted a wide range of areas in which social workers are able to assist patients and their families. These included: Linking people with community resources such as benefits and accommodation. The importance of making a will – If assets are over $13,000 a will is needed. Options include an online tool set up by Mai … Read More

April: Mid Central News from Geraldine

We had a special treat this month at Estelle Bennett’s beautiful home and garden where we were all very spoilt enjoying a delicious lunch of gourmet sandwiches, savouries and yummy raspberry and coconut slice. Estelle shared the history of her homestead and the renovations that have been done and we all strolled about her lovely gardens. We shared many stories and had many laughs with Carol and Harriet (as pictured) … Read More

April: Wellington News from Elva

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The New Year seemed to come and disappear in a heartbeat – but haven’t we had a stunningly hot long summer? Saturday February 21st was our first meeting for 2015 –My apologies if the change of date caused a wee bit of confusion for some of you. Unfortunately Hobson House wasn’t available on our usual second Saturday of the month. It was fantastic to see you all again and welcome … Read More

March: Waikato News from Sinda

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The January meeting in Hamilton was a great chance to catch up with holiday news. Once again the baking from Loaf was a hit. So don’t forget you can always use your vouchers to have Loaf products couriered to your front door! Perhaps you would like to meet other woman cancer survivors who go under the (accurate but not very zippy) name of Women’s Cancer Support Group or WCSG for … Read More

March: Auckland News from Sinda, Sally and Jana

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This month we had our Auckland Members Meeting in Manurewa at the Nathan Homestead, an old homestead that is now a Community Centre. We had a lovely pamper morning thanks to four of our Service Providers. Reiki Therapist Lynley Frame bought along her reiki table and Members were able to truly relax as they received her reiki. Foot care nurse therapist Sole to Soul Andrea King was able to attend … Read More

February: Mid Central News from Geraldine

Welcome to the New Year! The festive season is ‘done and dusted’ and we have almost zoomed through January with fabulous weather almost throughout the country. Hooray! We had some lovely Christmas luncheons in the Midcentral region. In New Plymouth we met at the lovely café,‘The Bach’ down on the breakwater, in Hawkes Bay we spent a balmy afternoon in a marquee in the beautiful sculpture garden of the Birdwood … Read More

February: Waikato News from Sinda

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Robyn Wilson, local Support Coordinator has left Sweet Louise. As many of you know she set up and has delivered the support service for the last 16 months. We all wish her well in her travels. Sweet Louise services will continue as normal, and we are recruiting a new Support Coordinator to work in the Waikato early in 2015. But in the meantime, I shall be facilitating the meetings in … Read More

February: Northland and Auckland News from Sinda, Jana and Sally

The Auckland Members met for a festive Christmas morning tea this month. Thank you to Barbara for creating the decorative candy reindeer to add to the festivity and something to take home. Loaf provided the yummy Christmas fare that went down a treat. We also had a table with some summer holiday reading thanks to SparkPHD. It was a lovely morning and everyone took a little bit of Christmas home … Read More

December: Wellington News from Elva

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Loaf sponsored our sweet treats at the November meeting – Members got to sample spicy carrot loaf, walnut and banana, gooey caramel slice, cranberry and pistachio slice – all very delicious! Many thanks to Loaf for the yummy treats. Followed by fabulous fresh asparagus flans, garden salad and fresh summer fruits made by Lynn. Anita Sarginson, NZ Chefs Association National Ambassador and Glenn Curphey, President for Wellington Chefs Association popped … Read More

December: Mid Central from Geraldine

It was flowers galore with sweet perfume filling the air at this months’ meeting. We had all raided our gardens giving us a beautiful array of roses, granny bonnets, various succulents and freesias to name a few to transform into beautiful creations. We also had a variety of ribbons and mesh to add a bit of pizzazz which did challenge my successful bow tying I have to say. After a … Read More

December: Waikato News from Robyn

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These months leading up to Christmas have been very busy in the Waikato with families with younger children having fun at Rotorua on the gondola, Luge, paddle boat, and Polynesian Spa. Families also had fun in Auckland at the Zoo. We have had well attended meetings in Matamata and Hamilton this month. Our guest speaker was Robyn Creighton from Look Good Feel Better and Wig Creations. She had some very good … Read More

December: Northland and Auckland News from Sinda, Jana and Sally

It is hard to believe that this is the last newsletter of the year and that once again Christmas with all its highs and lows is speeding towards us. The Auckland office closes on the 23rd of December and opens again on the 5th of January. We will look forward to hearing from and seeing you again next year. Dr Sara Rishworth, Palliative Care Specialist from Mercy Hospice, came and … Read More

November: Mid Central News from Geraldine

We were joined by Gill Christie and Alison Green who shared with us their skills and tips on all things about quilting. We were treated to a vast array of quilts that they had selected to bring along with a huge range of design and colours. Many of the quilts were mathematical challenges but the patterns created were truly impressive. Quilts really do seem to be a labour of love … Read More

November: Wellington News from Elva

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The sun was shining and the tuis were in full song in the Hobson House garden, a fantastic day for our October meeting. We had a large turnout of Members again, it was great to see you all. Thanks for making it such a fabulous afternoon. I’m sorry I didn’t get a chance to talk to all of you individually. We enjoyed another fabulous lunch of lemon muffins, quiche Lorraine, … Read More

November: Auckland News from Sinda, Jana and Sally

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What a fantastic joyful meeting we had with Karen Philipsen Brown from Healing Ways who took us through a laughter yoga session at the Mercy Centre. We learned that laughter is a natural stress reliever helping to lower the body’s cortisol levels. Then we had to laugh. Karen gave us short exercises to do, starting with a simple Namaste greeting all the way to a lawn mower driving finale. And … Read More

November: Waikato News from Robyn

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The past month seems to have raced by and we are certainly enjoying daylight savings as the weather warms. We had great café meeting in Matamata on Friday with eight of us around Robert Harris’s biggest table. Many thanks to the established Members for making new Members feel so welcome. There was great interest in our newest provider EAT, as well as the weekend Retreat at Bethel House at Raglan. … Read More

October: Northland and Auckland News from Sinda, Jana and Sally

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Whangarei members came together this month for a lovely lively catch up. We had the pleasure of a visit from Katrina Andrews, Whangarei Encore coordinator, who took us through some land based moves and gave us an overview of the programme. The next Encore course starts soon in Whangarei and there are now just a few places available. It is very bountiful in Northland, Members went home with a beautiful … Read More

October: Mid Central News from Geraldine:

“Spring is sprung, the grass is ris. I wonder where the birdies is?” is a little tune I like to hum. Spring has arrived and hooray to warmer weather coming our way. We enjoyed delicious food at the picturesque Birdwoods café in Hawkes Bay and great conversation. We were joined by Jay Cattanach of Abella Beauty Clinic who has undergone specialised oncology skin care training. She has lots of lovely … Read More

October: Wellington News from Elva

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It’s the time of the year I love most – blossoms, freesias, daffodils and all the sweet senses of spring. Thanks to everyone who attended from near and far, it was lovely to see you all. There was a bit of a discussion around what kind of support was available through Mary Potter and Te Omanga Hospice (e.g short stay admissions for pain and or symptom management) and questions about … Read More

October: Waikato News from Robyn

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We ended August with a fun session on Daffodil Day at the Bandroom on Clyde St in Hamilton. We were treated to a lovely display of quilts, examples of light-box applique technique, stamp & card-making, scrapbooking and photo albums. Many thanks to the members Wendy, Rose and Robyn; Service Provider Dianne, and Patrice Haliday-Larson who demonstrated then helped members to make a beautiful card. The donation of card and scrapbooking … Read More

September: Northland and Auckland News from Sinda, Jana and Sally

The July North Shore members meeting was a real treat. We were so lucky to have four of our service providers visit. Thank you to Marita Cairns, Lynne Walker, Claudine and Bev Domancie who gave reiki, massage and mini facials. Ten members attended and there was time for everyone to have a pamper, catch up and to meet with our new members. The Snug at Knightsbridge Village was a perfect … Read More

September: Waikato News from Robyn

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This month has blown by quickly, and we are all relieved to see that spring is finally here. August began with a lovely mid-winter lunch at the Windows Training restaurant at WINTEC. Members were welcomed, waited on and then served by very nervous trainee chefs who were well supervised by their tutor. It was very nice to simply meet, chat and enjoy each other’s company. Because our usual meeting place … Read More

September: Mid Central News from Geraldine

Winter is certainly upon us with gusto! The Manawatu has thus far experienced reasonable winter weather, however on the day of our meeting there was a biting cold wind along with rain so it was great to join those who managed to venture out at the lovely warm Cooperage café. We enjoyed delicious warm savouries and much lively conversation aiding to the warmth of the room! We are all enjoying … Read More

September: Wellington News from Elva

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It was wonderful to see you so many of you at the August meeting, including new members and our new CEO Fiona Hatton from Auckland. Our guest speaker was Cathy Davys (Vivo – Hair and Beauty Service Provider). Cathy shared how her career started as a hairdresser and her journey along the way to become a successful hair dresser and beauty business owner 39 years in the making – very … Read More