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This is my third time fighting this nasty beast - but I am no quitter and I won't go out without a smile on my face and laughter on my lips. I am a wife and mother first and foremost, my husband is amazing and I wouldn't be where I am without him. With three amazing sons - I have everything to live for. Diagnosed in 2008 after finding a lump in my abdomen, I had the lump along with my spleen and some of my pancreas removed. Misdiagnosis meant no followup was carried out only to have the tumor grow again in 2011. More surgery to remove it, and diagnosed with rare Ewings Sarcoma of the Soft Tissue. Viscious chemotherapy for 9 cycles (as that is all my heart could cope with) and a month of radiation, gave me nearly 3 years survival. Finally down to my first six monthly visit to Oncologist to be told at Christmas 2014 that the beast is back in two places and they wanted me to start chemo again. My worst nightmare - not so much that I had cancer and that it was termina,l but that they wanted me to start chemotherapy again. No guarantees were given that Chemo would work and even whether my heart could cope again. Did I want quality or quantity of life?? So I made a difficult decision not to go ahead and live life to the fullest while I still can. My husband and sons are my main concern, and if they can have a little more time with me looking and feeling like "me" that will make me so happy. Eventually they will watch their mum die, but if I can make it easier on them I will do my utmost......so now is for living, laughing, and loving

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February 18, 2015

Auckland, New Zealand

July 7, 1967

Cancer Fighter

Cancer Info

Sarcoma

Ewings Sarcoma of the Soft Tissue

July, 2008

Stage 3

5.1 - 6.0 cm

Grade 3

No

Lumpectomy

I try not to think about it too much, yes it is there, but while I am feeling well I will not let it rule my life. I want to laugh and live, not cry and die.

That you never realise what others are going through - not all cancers are visible, it can be a silent killer, have empathy for others. Realise tomorrow is a new day and it is just around the corner.

Think positively for me

The gift of laughter, make me smile. Let me cry when I want to, I try hard not to but there will be times when I can't help it. Let me talk about it when I need to even if it means talking about death, I can deal with it if you can.

Auckland Oncology Dept,

March, 2012

Small lump found in my abdomen - otherwise, happy and healthy

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