June News 2022

The last few weeks have seen some important events for health in general and our charity in particular. First of all we wish two of our founding board members well in their new life in Australia. Thank you for all you have done over the years,  Narelle and Shane. Last...

May News 2022

April was a difficult month for HNCSA as we lost one of the founding members of our Facebook group. Adam Love gave us the idea of an online group to support patients and carers back in 2016 and died on April 14 2022 after a late recurrence. A lovely man, only 52 when...

April News 2022

April shows some hope for reaching the green Covid traffic light in the not too distant future. However, face to face meetings at Domain Lodge are still too far away for us. At our last board meeting we decided to run online support groups, one a month in the daytime...

March News 2022

Once again our health care is dominated by Covid, this month with what we hope is peak Omicron. It's hard to see over the other side of the mountain but others have gone before us and seem to be living with the virus with case numbers and hospitalisations way down....

February News 2022

Here we are almost halfway through February with the expected Omicron surge beginning slowly and behind schedule.  HNCSA has been busy giving items to hospitals where HNC is treated. We're  trying to extend our patient packs to Dunedin, Waikato, and beyond while also...

January News 2022

I hope everyone is braced for the Omicron outbreak. Let's hope our low level of Delta, preparations made by the hospitals and sheer good luck will see minimum impact on New Zealand. Lots of aroha to those of you working in healthcare and essential services.  Our...

December News Version 2

  There was a big omission in the first December News post. I forgot to thank the multitude of health professionals who helped me through my October 27 surgery 5 weeks ago.  Since my last HNC surgery in 2014 there seems to have been an advance in technology (the...

December News from HNCSA

Covid and cancer have slowed us down over the whole month of November. The Auckland lockdown and the fact that the secretary (me) has had a recurrence have been factors. We're back in business now and looking forward to more intiatives in the new year, Covid or not....

Quality of Life

How can we maximise our quality of life? HNC patients might have eating and speaking difficulties and some disfigurement. The treatment is traumatising to some and depression, even PTSD, can kick in.  I’ve lost the ability to eat socially and it’s a big loss. When you...

October News 2021

Our October 13 meeting at Domain Lodge has been cancelled. It's obvious we won't be in level 1 at that time. However, we have had two Zoom meetings for members of our Facebook group in the weeks since the mid-August lockdown. These have been ad hoc with limited...