Today marks a global event supporting people living with the life ending disease -Metastatic Breast Cancer Day.
Sweet Louise is New Zealand’s only charity solely dedicated to supporting Kiwis with incurable breast cancer.
Philippa Reed, CEO of Sweet Louise, told RadioLIVE’s Trudi Nelson that the most challenging part of the charity is raising the money due to competition in the charity sector, especially for breast cancer.
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“I think there’s kind of a misconception that breast cancer is extremely well researched and well supported” she told RadioLIVE.
“While that is true to a certain extent, there has been a lot of focus on early detection and prevention and I don’t want to take anything away from that, that is absolutely vital, but it’s not the full story.”
Sweet Louise do invaluable work providing genuine and meaningful financial and emotional support that makes a difference to people living with metastatic breast cancer (MBC).
One of these people is Lynn Hanson, an MBC survivor, who also joined the show.
Ms Hanson has been living with MBC for over ten years and attributes her long survival to putting a positive spin on everything on her journey.
It’s like being on a roller coaster you can’t get off.
MBC can affect both women and men, and currently there is no cure. The current life expectancy usually averages between two and three years but latest research says it can be shorter or longer for some demographics.
Listen to the full interview with Philippa Reed and Lynn Hanson above.