Personal Stories

We gratefully acknowledge these wonderful women for sharing their journeys with us. Please note that the information provided below are women’s own stories and the treatment options are not necessarily the recommendations and views of the New Zealand Gynaecological Cancer Foundation. We recommend and support the latest and most up to date methods endorsed by Gynaecological Oncologists. We recommend that you follow your Gynaecological Oncologists or doctors advice.

2016 NZGCF Award Recipient - Alison Carlin

Registered as a RN in 1981Completed Midwifery in 1983Came to NZ as a Midwife for a years working holiday in 1986 and as you can see I am still...

2016 NZGCF Award Recipient - Jan Barker

Dedicated, hard working, supportive, always at the end of the phone and nothing is too much trouble. Jan is the backbone of the Foundation and has...

2016 NZGCF Award Recipient - Viv Pole

Viviena (Viv) Pole is the Manager of Service Development and Integration (SDI) at Alliance Health Plus Trust (AH+), New Zealand’s only Pacific...

2016 NZGCF Award Recipient - Brogan Ramsay

Brogan Ramsay is one fit women! Brogan set herself the courageous goal of running a 100km loop around Christchurch which she completed on Saturday...

2016 NZGCF Award Recipient - Maria Stapleton

Maria trained and worked as a registered nurse (RN) in Palmerston North. In 1999, when her sons had grown, she embarked on further study; qualifying...

Getting Glam for Gynae 2016 - Pamper Day recipient and Guest Speaker - Christine Moverley

My name is Christine Moverley, I am 48 years old, and am married to my wonderful husband Louie of 12 years, we have a 9yr old daughter Sienna, who is...

Rachel Clarke

Rachel is a 25 year old from Hibiscus Coast, Police Constable based in North Shore also serving the community for the past 4 years. She is the 2014...

Jo-Lea Lawley

Jo-Lea was diagnosed with stage 3 ovarian cancer at just 19. This is no easy task for any young women, but Jo-Lea is a force to be reckoned with and...

Ali Du Fresne

How to begin to describe 16 months- a period that has been a time of standing so close to death- it has been the most frightening and devastating...

Amy Ryan

Who would have thought that so much could happen in 21 months! Finally after three years of trying to have a baby, one round of IVF with a positive...

Leanne Coleman

In 1990 at the age of 25 I read an article in a magazine about Endometriosis and self-diagnosed myself. My gynaecologist initially disregarded the...

Lynne Stronach

When I was in my early twenties, I had Pap smears every six months. The Doctors did not tell me why until one day my new doctor called me in as I had...

Shanel Cornille

I am 28 years old and was diagnosed with Cervical Cancer on 23rd December 2009 - what a great Christmas present - not! I had been having abnormal...

Adrienne Morris

I am a New Zealander by birth, but I have lived in UK for nearly 19 years, with my British husband, and loved it. (He died from MRSA in 2004, after a...

Rachel Deane

Children? There’s plenty of time… As a woman, one of the greatest gifts that we have within our power is to conceive and give life, experience that...

Shaline Das-Fitzgibbon

pureCELEBRATION On the weekend of my 5th Wedding Anniversary I received my cancer diagnosis - stage 4 Ovarian Cancer (clear cell carcinoma with a ca...

Wendy Cook

In the winter of 2002, Wendy a fit and independent 52 year old woman who has a career first in nursing and then for many years in health planning...

Julie Collins

Death tapped me on the shoulder on the last day of Autumn but I sent him away in a scurry of falling leaves telling him not to darken my doorway He...

Leonie Coates

Leonie is the reason the Silver Ribbon Foundation for Gynaecological Cancer was established in 2007. It was her wish that assistance be available to...