Kelly and Vernon

We may not admit it, but we’d all like a Mary Poppins in our life. In Auckland, Kelly’s Rosie’s oncologist, Vernon Harvey, would be horrified to be likened to the Disney character that can make people levitate by making them laugh, but well… he does. Kelly is relatively early in a life living with advanced breast cancer. Talking about it can be hard and – to her embarrassment – tears come easily. But then she described her patient/ doctor relationship with Vernon and how his blend of expertise and fun lifts her in mind as well as body. These photos were taken in the course of a regular catchup. You can almost hear Vernon whispering “with your feet on the ground you’re a bird in flight with your fist holding tight to the string of your kite”