As a tribute to those who are battling with cancer – those who will win and those sadly who have lost.
Our darling girlfriend has melanoma cancer in her blood stream and every day we are grateful for the services provided and the care and support that she receives, as well the drug trial that she has the opportunity to be on. And every day we wish there was more that could be done for her.
The loss of my own mother to secondary liver cancer, my uncle and grandfather to bowel cancer and also many family friends to other cancers, including another very special lady just this week, means the C-Word is a terrifying thing for me to hear (especially now I have to have annual colonoscopies myself), as it is I am sure for hundreds of thousands of other Kiwis and their families suffering around New Zealand.
So I’m dedicating myself to two things to show how much I care about those who are battling Cancer this month.
One is professionally supporting our local Waipuna Hospice here in Tauranga, by spreading the word far and wide that we are recruiting for a new Palliative Care Medical Specialist to join their amazing team of professionals and volunteers. These specialist physicians are a bit like finding ‘hens teeth in a haystack’. And since every other town in the country is also after the same thing, we are finding we can only compete on providing a great remuneration package, Waipuna Hospice being recognised as an excellent employer and the Bay of Plenty being the lifestyle destination of choice. Now that part’s not hard at all, of course J Yet finding these highly skilled Doctors does seem a bit trickier!
And the second thing I am doing is abstaining from alcohol for the month of July. The official ‘Dry July’ website raises funds that get allocated for various projects that help the wellbeing of adult cancer sufferers and their families. And I think that’s a pretty ‘real’ cause to support.
I’m also doing this for some sense of personal gain – health and wellness and reawakening that rather elusive virtue I have somewhere called willpower!
So, I would appreciate everyone’s support in this mammoth mission J and also welcome you all to give a little for this cause, as its one that will affect us all in some way at some stage in our lives.
To donate and put Tauranga at the top of the leader board please go to my profile: https://nz.dryjuly.com/profile/christinamorrison
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