St Heliers, Auckland
Thank you for visiting my fundraising page. This is a very important charity and close to my heart, not just for my health, but for my chosen career path as well. I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer December 2015. Up until now, I have not had the time or energy to give back to this wonderful Cause and now by doing so, I am taking part in the Pink Ribbon Breakfast campaign this year to help support Breast Cancer Foundation NZ's vital work.
To begin with, I should let you know that I have a small business of my own in the medical industry. I re-market pre-loved medical systems to less fortunate countries and this includes aiding in Women’s Health. (The following is out of my Step-by-Step journal I was given by the NZ Breast Cancer Foundation).
It was the 9th December 2015, I will never forget that day – I was at the warehouse getting ready to export a mammography system - of all things. The system was at its’ end of requirement here at Breastscreen Aotearoa – of all places, and rather than scrap it, it still had life in it and I found a worthy home for it in South America. Ironically, that same day, I received a phone call from Breastscreen Aotearoa at St Marks, that my recent mammogram was inconclusive and I needed to have another mammogram.
December 16th, a week before Christmas, my husband is driving me to my appointment for my results and asks me if I have prepared myself should it be bad news. What? Of course I have, but I know I haven’t because it won’t be bad news, I have a real busy day today and I am slightly annoyed with myself for even having to do this, as I am way too busy plus I have my happy dress on, (it’s a dress that I think it looks nice on me, and makes me feel confident and positive.) My appointment is at 9:00am, the specialist looks at me sympathetically and I instantly KNEW IN A NANO-SECOND! I thought ‘oh, okay – just tell me.’ From the second of him opening his mouth, he said ‘I’m very sorry Veronica, it is not good news.’ I thought there must be a mistake, I am a good person, I eat well, I am active, I volunteer so much time to the local community through rugby, for goodness sakes, I help less fortunate countries with pre-loved mammo systems, ultrasounds, CTs, MRIs – why me? And from that moment, my husband, children, family and I went to hell and back and I am a survivor.
If I could share the importance of Breast Cancer awareness to the women and their loved ones out there, I will feel like I have achieved something. I don’t want them to go through this nor for their loved ones to suffer and watch in pain or to feel afraid. Women can prevent this through regular checks. Your donation will contribute hugely to a number of things we need including spreading awareness. Thank you for reading my story.