An Invercargill woman living with terminal lung cancer says Dawn Wybrow of Nga Kete has been a comfort at an otherwise extremely tough time.
The woman, who wishes to remain anonymous, suffers from several health issues including terminal lung cancer, type 2 diabetes and arthritis.
She was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer two years ago when she visited Southland Hospital complaining of constant exhaustion.
Although she had no symptoms of lung cancer, the diagnosis did not come as a surprise, she said, as she had been a heavy smoker (one pack a day) for 60 years. She’d also previously suffered breast cancer.
The woman explains Dawn, who she has known for a long time, has been visiting her often since her diagnosis and assisting to support her through it.
With plenty of close friends and family around, Dawn has been the person she knows she can call on.
“I feel I can ring her anytime … I know I can ask her anything. She’s always there for me.”
The woman is not currently receiving treatment, but makes sure she gets out of bed every day even when she doesn’t feel like it and has come to terms with her illness.
“You’ve just got to accept these things.”
The woman says she is lucky to have supportive family and friends who visit often.