Based on my personal experience I highly
recommend each and all of the following:
1. NZ support organisations
Relay For Life NZ!
Relay For Life is not just an event - it's a life experience!
Relay is a team event for people of all ages and levels of
fitness. Corporate groups, community and sporting clubs participate
together. Everyone is welcome.
Cancer Society of New Zealand, Wellington Division:
The Wellington Division of the Cancer Society of NZ provides
a comprehensive range of services designed to help patients,
carers, friends and family in its areas of operation deal
with cancer while maintaining a positive future outlook and
making the most of living in the present. My close association
with this Division goes back over 20 years.
Leukaemia & Blood Cancer New Zealand:
The Leukaemia & Blood Foundation (LBF) is the leading
organisation in New Zealand dedicated to supporting patients
and their families living with leukaemia, lymphoma, myeloma
and related blood conditions. I have worked a lot with the
whole LBF team since 2006 and have developed the highest regard
for them and the services they provide.
Breast Cancer Network NZ:
A New Zealand-wide grassroots organisation for women with
breast cancer and their supporters. I presented as a keynote
for BCN's first national conference in 2007. They are a wonderful,
dedicated and authentic group of women.
Sweet Louise Foundation:
Sweet Louise helps to improve the quality of life for New
Zealand women living with secondary breast cancer.
Breast Cancer Nirvana:
A particularly well developed and helpful NZ website created
by breast cancer survivor Andrea Fairbairn. Amongst the goals
of the site are the provision of more support for those going
through breast cancer, translating into better lives and increased
survival rates. Well worth a review by anyone facing breast
Designs and sells stylish hats, bandanas and headwear especially
for people affected by hair loss through cancer, etc. A Ministry
of Health-approved provider. Owned and operated by breast
cancer survivor Caroline Steele, and Kate McIsaac.
2. International resources and information
This is the blog of respected friend and colleague Jeff Kane
MD based in the USA. Jeff's medical practice consists exclusively
of listening to cancer patients and their families (imagine
that)! He founded the support programs at Sutter Cancer Center
in Sacramento and Sierra Nevada Cancer Center in Grass Valley,
CA., and has published dozens of periodical articles on the
healing relationship. His most recent book is The Bedside
Manifesto: Healing the heart of healthcare - available from
Amazon, etc). Jeff offers some of the most sage and genuinely
helpful information available anywhere. He has been an expert
soundboard for me for two decades.
National Cancer Institute (USA):
A website rich with helpful information about all cancers
and how to cope with them, as well as with life after cancer.
The Cancer Council Victoria (Australia):
Another particularly useful site for people coping with cancer
or the challenges of life after cancer.
Fontaine Press: (Australia)
Publishers of the Australian edition of my book Life, Happiness
& Cancer (2008). Fontaine Press is an innovative, independent
book publisher with a fresh approach, working with both Australian
and internationally based authors. Visit this link to purchase
copies of the Australian edition of my book.