Advancing Healthcare for the people of North Shore, Rodney and Waitakere

Toni's heartfelt thank you

Toni at home with her daughter Mila and son Damian
Tuesday 20 March, 2018
New cancer day lounge for local women thanks to your generous support.

Toni and husband Dan in the new cancer day lounge

Toni Squire’s life had hit rock bottom over the past year after her breast cancer diagnosis, but her smiles and natural positivity have returned thanks to Well Foundation supporters.

Donations have helped create a new cancer day lounge at North Shore Hospital to give Herceptin treatment to local women with breast cancer.

Equipment and comfortable medical chairs have been provided thanks to your support, alongside a grant from the W&K Evers-Swindell Trust and golf day proceeds from the annual Rotary Club of East Coast Bays charity golf tournament last year.

That means women like Toni no longer have to travel to Auckland City Hospital for Herceptin infusions, where she often endured gridlock traffic, car parking difficulties and unnecessary stress

“It’s so homely, welcoming and relaxed at North Shore Hospital,” Toni says.

Since her diagnosis, Toni has had “the works” – surgery to remove cancerous tumours from her breast and lymph nodes, chemotherapy, radiotherapy and finally Herceptin infusions to try to rid her body of the cancer cells.

The 43-year-old mother of two says getting through the horrendous past year has given her a new lease on life. Her long hair may have fallen out, but she hopes the days of unbearable pain and nausea from her gruelling treatment are now well behind her.

“I’m now living for today and saying 'yes' to every opportunity rather than putting them on hold. I’m doing it now.”

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