When Nicole was first diagnosed with breast cancer, she was told there was hope of fighting and surviving. Then just one week later, a CT scan confirmed that the cancer had already spread to her liver - Nicole’s cancer was stage 4, advanced breast cancer.
“I was diagnosed with breast cancer in April 2023,” says mum of four Nicole. ”Little Emelia was just 10 months old when I found a lump in my breast so initially, I just thought it was because of breast feeding. I went to get the lump checked and at first it looked like it was stage 2 breast cancer. But then a CT scan it showed that the cancer had spread.
"I went from having primary breast cancer to stage 4 in just a week.
Sweet Louise works tirelessly to provide practical and emotional support for Kiwi women like Nicole to help them live the best life they can, for as long as they can.
“The kids really help to keep me motivated and help me to get on with living life as normally as possible. Our home is noisy, busy and full of life.
“I am approaching life with the fact that I have a chronic disease rather than a terminal illness.
"I do have days when I cry. When I think of my kids not having a mum around, I am devastated. But taking care of the kids is a blessing and keeps me going.”
“I feel well at the moment, and I am so grateful for that. I treasure every day and want to stay well and keep on living my life to the full.
“I am very grateful that people open their hearts to help people like me - families they don’t even know. Every day I am trying to make memories and you are helping to make these memories happen. Thank you.”
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