Tina, Paige and Abbey

Ask any mum what life must be like living with advanced breast cancer and raising small kids at the same time and they usually say they’ve no time for the cancer bit. They live in the storm of child-rearing with little time for reflection on themselves and their condition. In Palmerston North, Tina’s no exception. In fact, in the course of an afternoon I felt like I was in a category five storm that she was riding out as best she could. But storms have an eye. And when the two girls were moved on to allow me to photograph Tina on her own, an eerie calm descended that Tina seemed ill at ease with.