How We Can Help?

How Breast Cancer Support Northland Can Help?

 

Support Volunteers

Would you like to talk to someone who has had breast cancer?

Breast Cancer Support Northland Volunteers are examples of women coping with breast cancer. They understand the fears and feelings that come with a breast cancer diagnosis, they’ve been through it themselves. They are here to help you successfully navigate the journey by offering practical and emotional support, encouragement, information and a shoulder to cry on.

 

Our volunteers do not offer medical or treatment advice, and we always recommend that women, in the first instance, seek such information from their medical team, but we can listen and have information on resources available to you.

 

Breast Cancer Support Northland Volunteers can give you a call, visit you at home, email you, meet for a coffee or come to an appointment with you, the amount of contact is up to you and your support person to decide.

 


Group Gatherings

The meetings provide an opportunity for women with a present or past breast cancer diagnosis to meet in an informal environment for mutual support and encouragement. 

Even if you have great support from family and friends, keeping in touch with a group of fellow patients adds a different perspective.  You are given the an opportunity to talk openly without feeling like you may upset your loved ones.   

We aim to hold our Pink Loop fund raiser, our Women's Retreat and our Mid Winter Xmas Meal on an annual basis. 


Fortnightly Coffee

Subject to COVID-19 Government Restrictions.  Check out our Facebook page for the up to date situation.

Breast Cancer Awareness month - Thur 28th October, we are buying the drinks, so join us for a coffee on us.   

These are held every second and fourth Thursday morning of the month 9.30am at Mokaba Cafe at 6 Quay Side, Town Basin, Whanagarei. Come for a cuppa and a chat in a casual relaxed atmosphere. Just look for the Pink Flower in the centre of a table.  Newcomers get their first drink on us.

 

Updated 12/10/2021


Helping Hands

Helping Hands offers assistance to support Northland patients who have received a breast cancer diagnosis within the past 18 months.  It is a one-off support payment to a maximum value of $200.  Helping Hands can be provided for the following:

· Grocery Vouchers

· Petrol Vouchers

· Reimbursement or payment on invoice for treatment and recovery costs.  Physiotherapy, exercise classes, massage.

· Reimbursement or payment on the production of an invoice for practical home help needed during treatment or recovery, like house cleaning or firewood.

If you are interested in this service please contact your support person to request this assistance package.


Heart Shaped Pillows for post surgery under arm Comfort

If you've recently had surgery for breast cancer, or are going to have surgery soon, a heart-shaped pillow can help your recovery. The pillows can be placed under your arm to help relieve pressure on tender, post-surgical areas. 

Get in touch by sending us a message and we will get one to you for free 💗.  info@breastcancersupport.co.nz


Knitted Knockers

Chris Finlayson is happy to support Northland women undergoing a mastectomy, by supplying acrylic knitted knockers. She does a range of different sizes and you can have just one or a pair. All she asks for is a Koha towards the materials used.

Contact Chris at onlyapoorwife@gmail.com with your requirements and she will do her best to assist you.


Frozen Meals

If you are undergoing active treatment then some frozen meals may be useful for you to have.  Meal options are available to the maximum value of:
$100 for a single person

$125 for a couple

$150 for a family

Meals are provided by Sabres Ezi Meals in Kamo.  Their website is http://www.sabresezimeals.co.nz

Please note this offer is only available once.  Contact your support volunteer if you would like to apply for this assistance, they will take your order from you.


Brows by Hannah

Service currently suspended whilst business recovers from COVID-19 Government business restrictions. 

Generously, "Brows by Hannah" wants to support women going through Cancer Treatment, by offering a FREE semi-permanent feather touch eyebrow tattoo service to one of our ladies each month.  


The service is worth $600 and includes a thorough consultation, brow design, anaesthetics, feather touch brows,  a take-home aftercare kit and a follow-up appointment 4-6 weeks later.  There will be a second touch-up session one month later which is complimentary if business commitments permit.  

Hannah's website is  https://www.browsbyhannah.com

Full details and T&C's are given in our monthly Facebook post and draw.  So follow us at  

https://www.facebook.com/BreastCancerSupportNorthlandTrust

Updated 21/09/2021


Port Pillows

Sometimes chemotherapy medicines are given through a port in your chest,  The port is a small disc that sits just under the skin. Wearing a seatbelt can sometimes put uncomfortable pressure on your port.  These pillows can help to remove that discomfort.

Available for free from the Cancer Society Northland.

https://www.facebook.com/CancerSocietyNorthland


Wig Stands 

 

Free to borrow - Wig stands available for anyone to borrow to store their wig on, so it maintains its shape. 

They are crafted and turned out of wood. The wig stands are made here is Whangarei by volunteers at the Mens Shed.  Every stand is different in style and varies in height to suit the length of your wig.  All the stands have their own personalities.

Once they are no longer needed the stands should be returned to the Cancer Society Northland.   So they can then be recycled and passed on to other chemotherapy patients.

https://www.facebook.com/CancerSocietyNorthland


Turban Headwear

The Cancer Society Northland has a variety of Turbans available for free.  Styles and colours will vary and are subject to availability.

https://www.facebook.com/CancerSocietyNorthland


 

 

 

 

 

 

 




 


 

Helping Hands

Helping Hands offers assistance to support Northland patients who have received a breast cancer diagnosis within the past 18 months.  It is a one-off support payment to a maximum value of $200.  Helping Hands can be provided for the following:

· Grocery Vouchers

· Petrol Vouchers

· Reimbursement or payment on invoice for treatment and recovery costs.

· Reimbursement or payment on the production of an invoice for practical home help needed during treatment or recovery.

If you are interested in this service please contact your support person to request this assistance package.

 


Heart Shaped Pillows for post surgery under arm Comfort

If you've recently had surgery for breast cancer, or are going to have surgery soon, a heart-shaped pillow can help your recovery. The pillows can be placed under your arm to help relieve pressure on tender, post-surgical areas. Get in touch by sending us a message and we will get one to you for free 💗


Knitted Knockers

Chris Finlayson is happy to support Northland women undergoing a mastectomy, by supplying acrylic knitted knockers. She does a range of different sizes and you can have just one or a pair. All she asks for is a Koha towards the materials used. Contact Chris at onlyapoorwife@gmail.com with your requirements and she will do her best to assist you.


Frozen Meals

If you are undergoing active treatment then some frozen meals may be useful for you to have.  Meal options are available to the maximum value of:

$50 for a single person

$75 for a couple

$100 for a family

Meals are provided by Sabres Ezi Meals in Kamo.  Their website is www.sabresezimeals.co.nz

Please note this offer is only available once.  Contact your support volunteer if you would like to apply for this assistance, they will take your order for you.



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