Auckland & Wellington Christmas catch-ups

Auckland

December 3rd was a beautiful sunny day and  6 NZEM members met for a lovely lunch at Mecca restaurant in Devonport. Two of us took the ferry the rest drove and we came from far and wide. Members travelled from Whangarei, Massey, Kohimarama, Waiuku and Takanini!

It was a fortuitous mix of people: a mother of twins gave advice to a member expecting twins and we had two breast cancer survivors who got a lot out of meeting each other as well. My heartfelt thanks to everyone who made the effort to come, I really enjoyed catching up with old friends and meeting new ones. It always reminds me of the importance of this group when I see how much we all get from hanging out.

It can be scary to attend an event like this when you may not know anyone else and are unsure of what to expect. I strongly encourage you to come along to one to discover the liberation of being among people who understand what you’re going through. We’re all a pretty friendly bunch and it can really help knowing a few others who are dealing with similar issues.

Wellington

The following week, while in Wellington for work, I met up with Hilary for a lovely meal and chat in the Back Bencher pub. We shared a platter of tasty morsels while we devised a couple of plans for 2012:

  1. Look into ways to lobby government/health boards for HRT, DEXA scans and Mammograms to be subsidised for the prematurely menopausal woman who has to begin these treatments so much earlier. We thought we could use our contact at the NZ Organisation for Rare Disorders who kindly donated our website to us 4 years ago.
  2. Increase awareness in the cancer community of our existence. I’ve heard so many stories of doctors completely overlooking the early menopause experience in their quest to beat the cancer. While I applaud their life preserving priorities, going through a premature menopause is no picnic and has a significant effect on quality of life – as we all know! So we will be looking into ways to get the word out through the NZ Cancer Society.

Thank you for a lovely evening, Hilary, and for your enthusiasm towards improving the lives of NZ women!

Like I said above, we always have a good time at these get-togethers. If you want to arrange something in your area, please let me know and I’ll do my best to put you in touch with members living near you.

Nicole x

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