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Katrina

I gave birth to our daughter on his second to last day of chemo. It was hard being a caregiver over this time.

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Katrina

I’m Katrina McClean. Last year my husband had pains in his heart, he felt dizzy and breathless. Trips to doctors and the emergency department found nothing. We finally saw a cardiologist who confirmed a cancer growth in his heart and that he needed surgery ASAP.

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We live in the Hawke’s Bay, have a three year old boy and I was pregnant with our second child.

After sarcoma surgery in Wellington we were told he has three years if we are lucky. He’s had chemo and radiation treatment in Palmerston North and his scans have come back clear. I gave birth to our daughter on his second to last day of chemo.

It was hard being a caregiver over this time. There was nobody I could relate to. So I started a blog called “supporting the supporters” to share my story of what this was like for me and my family.

Katrina’s blog is on Facebook.

30 Stories for 30 Years

In 2020 the Cancer Society celebrated the 30th anniversary of Daffodil Day. 

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It also marked a 30 year relationship with ANZ as the Principal Sponsor of Daffodil Day. We want to thank the team at ANZ for their amazing support.

To acknowledge this we found 30+ people to tell their story. These stories talk about the generosity of everyday New Zealanders making a difference for people with cancer. They talk about the effect of cancer on people and on whānau, they talk about hope, and they talk about the work we do here at the Cancer Society.

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