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Sweet Louise

Cancer Network Group Service

Today

9:00 AM to 5:30 PM.

Description

Sweet Louise was launched in 2006 as a unique charitable organisation providing support and services for New Zealanders living with secondary (also known as 'advanced' or 'metastatic') breast cancer. Membership to Sweet Louise is free and open to all women and men living in New Zealand who have received a diagnosis of secondary breast cancer.

Sweet Louise was inspired by the life of Louise Perkins who lived with metastatic breast cancer for ten years, until the age of 39. Louise embraced life to the fullest. She lived with absolute positivity and went about life with cancer as part of living, rather than as a main focus of her life.

Louise had some Tips for Life and we'd like to share some with you.

  • Go to the party
  • It's not about how you look, it's about how you are
  • Five fruit and veg
  • Buy the present for the person
  • Think of the good in people
  • Positive visions
  • Is there something sweet?
  • Touch, listen, trust
  • Love the children
  • Don’t procrastinate, do it!
  • Tell me how you feel, not just what the facts are
  • Most importantly, love

Our purpose is to help improve the quality of life for women and men with metastatic breast cancer. We achieve this by providing a comprehensive range of support, services and therapies designed to enhance wellbeing. All services are approved by our Medical Advisory Board.

Locally based Support Coordinators with a health professional background and/or experience in oncology/palliative care, support members through home visits, email communication, telephone support. Sweet Louise also offers its members access to a range of services that complement existing medical and community support services. We provide:

  • an annual allocation of vouchers worth $500 to spend on our range of complementary and practical services
  • regular member meetings (in some locations) offering peer support, inclusive activities and interesting speakers presenting on relevant topics
  •  an informative website
  • a wide range of information resources, both electronic and printed
  • referrals to, and collaboration with, community organisations supporting families experiencing cancer

Service Areas

Cancer organisations

  • Tumour specific support groups for adults

Complementary

Counselling services

  • Spiritual care

Accessories

  • Headwear
  • Scarves
  • Wigs

Cultural support

Exercise and relaxation

  • Massage therapy
  • Meditation
  • Retreats
  • Tai chi
  • Yoga

Supportive health

  • Lymphedema
  • Nutrition and dietetics
  • Physiotherapy
  • Psychology

Support groups

Transport

  • Private transport
  • Volunteer driving services

Support during treatment

  • Support for family/whānau/partners

Welfare & advocacy services

  • Wig subsidy

Home support

  • Gardening services
  • Home & domestic help
  • Meals support

Cancer Types

Breast

Hours

9:00 AM to 5:30 PM.

Mon – Fri 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM

Public Holidays: Closed on all public holidays.
Christmas: Closed 24 Dec — 4 Jan.

How to access this service

Telephone - 0800 11 22 77

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Email -

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Register online at www.sweetlouise.co.nz

Team details

Three Support Coordinators cover the Greater Auckland and Whangarei areas.

Two Support Coordinators cover Waikato, Bay of Plenty, and the Midcentral region of the North Island.

One Support Coordinator covers the Greater Wellington area, Christchurch, and the Marlborough region of the South Island.

Contact Details

1 Prosford Street
Ponsonby
Auckland 1011

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Street Address

1 Prosford Street
Ponsonby
Auckland 1011

Postal Address

PO Box 137 343
Parnell
Auckland 1151

This page was last updated at 11:48AM on December 17, 2018. This information is reviewed and edited by Sweet Louise.