|Over 2,700 New Zealand women and men are diagnosed with breast cancer every year and about 15% will hear the news that the breast cancer has spread to other parts of their body. At this stage, the advanced cancer, also known as metastatic or secondary, is incurable.
Established by the Louise Perkins Foundation and inspired by the life of Louise Perkins, Sweet Louise was launched in October 2005 and is uniquely focused on the needs of New Zealanders living with secondary breast cancer.
Sweet Louise’s mission is to improve the quality of life for all New Zealanders with secondary breast cancer by offering access to a wide range of practical and supportive services.
The Louise Perkins Foundation constantly reviews the published research, identifying the best options for breast cancer patients to help them lead more positive lives. New services are introduced in response to the unmet needs of Sweet Louise Members and all contracted Service Providers are approved by a Medical Advisory Panel.
The support and services for registered metastatic breast cancer patients are grouped under Sweet Louise Helpers, Sweet Louise Body and Sweet Louise Mind.
Sweet Louise receives no government funding and relies on contributions from individuals, businesses and community organisations.
For more information ring 0800 11 22 77 or visit the website.
Oysters for Lunch
Writings by women living with secondary breast cancer
Edited by Jane Bissell
(The Louise Perkins Foundation 2011)
Available from the Sweet Louise Online Shop at www.sweetlouise.co.nz or contact firstname.lastname@example.org. All proceeds from the sales of Oysters for Lunch go towards the provision of Sweet Louise services and support.
This collection of stories and poems written by Members of Sweet Louise are penned from the heart. The writers share the highs, lows, joys and sorrows of life with an incurable cancer.
“These stories and poems are an inspirational tribute to the extraordinary lives of our authors living with secondary breast cancer and we know that the women who contributed their work did so with a courage and determination to help make a difference for others.”
Sue Brewster, CEO Sweet Louise
The Louise Perkins Foundation would like to thank Roche New Zealand and The Max Foundation for their generous support of the Sweet Louise Creative Writing Project and book.