Hope Emerges Blog

An Update from Carol: My Nipple Reconstruction

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On the 26th September, exactly a year to the date of my mastectomy I had my final nipple tattoo (2nd of two) – and it looks amazing!! I feel I have been very fortunate with my journey. Everything seems to have gone to text book.   I was told I was a very good healer. I think this is due to a combination of reasons, genes, being physically fit, a positive attitude and the high dosage of vitamin C which my Naturopath recommend I take, once it was established I needed…read more

An Update from the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium

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I have had the amazing privilege of receiving a scholarship from the Alamo Breast Cancer Foundation and support from Breast Cancer Aotearoa Coalition to attend this years world leading, international Breast Cancer Symposium in San Antonio (The San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium). Arriving here late Friday night (to try and get over any jet lag), the meet and greet the other delegates kicked off proceedings last night. We heard from the wonderful Dr Susan Love, and also Shirley Mertz from the Metastatic Breast Cancer Alliance, who presented a insightful and…read more

Welcome to Pinktober

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Pinktober is here, and the Hope Emerges Project is nearly a year old, and I thought I would take a moment to reflect on how all this came to be. Back in 2005, I was diagnosed with Her2+, stage 3 breast cancer when I was 31. Just four months before, my gorgeous poppet, Kenzie (2) was diagnosed with the rare bone cancer Ewing’s sarcoma, which had paralysed her. My beautiful cherub’s body just could not cope the the toll cancer took, and she very sadly passed away on the 29th…read more

An Update from Anna

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  It’s that time of year when everything starts turning pink and the boobs come out for a very good cause – reminding women to be vigilant and look for signs of changes in their breasts. It’s the cheapest and best way of getting an early diagnosis if breast cancer does arise. This was how I discovered all four of my occurrences of breast cancer, and I was able to take immediate action. This month of pink for those of us already diagnosed and treated is a time of reminders…read more

My Story: A sample from Nic’s Book

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“The human spirit is stronger than anything that can happen to it.” C.C. Scott Chapter 1: I’m not done yet.  Where to even start about my life? It’s 2014, I’m 40 years old and I want to celebrate lifting the pension by jumping out of a plane solo. I want to feel the exhilarating rush of wind against my face as the earth rises to meet me. You see, I just can’t stand a boring mundane life. It has to be filled with adventure and excitement. I must admit though,…read more

An Update from Carol

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Editors Note: This guest blog was written by Carol, one of our Hope Emerges Heroines. Hello everyone, just a wee update as to where I am at with my new boob, June 2014. Since my story in January, I now have my permanent silicone implant.   The operation on February 26 (5 months after my mastectomy) was very straight forward, in one day out the next, I did have a drain for a further day at home, and had a week off work.   It feels quite different to the expander, it doesn’t…read more

Capturing Hope

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Editors Note: This guest blog was written by Lara Boddington, Photographer for Hope Emerges. When Nic approached me about creating a set of images to celebrate her 40th birthday and to symbolise a new beginning after the decade of challenges that she had overcome, I was moved by her story and excited to work with her and bring the idea to life. After seeing the impact of her photos and story on other women and the hope and inspiration they instilled in those facing similar trials, it was a no-brainer when…read more


A New Hope Emerges

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Welcome to our Hope Emerges blog, things have definitely grown from when we launched this little project a few months ago with the aim of dispelling the fear and taboo around mastectomies and breast reconstruction. Sticking my head above the parapet, I did get it slapped by a few. Daring to bare reconstructed breasts in their natural form in an artistic, creative way seemed to upset a few. But when the only images you see of mastectomies and reconstructions are rather stark, I wanted to show another side, one that…read more