Sweet Louise is dedicated to supporting New Zealanders with secondary breast cancer, a terminal diagnosis that has a devastating effect on individuals and families. One third of our members die every year - we support each member to live as well as they can for as long as possible.
Sweet Louise offers a range of services including support and visits from our team of nurses and regular member meetings to provide peer support. We also give each member $500 worth of service vouchers every year - these can be redeemed for a range of services that help improve quality of life, eg lawnmowing, meal delivery. We also provide a yearly $200 grant to families for a special day out to create precious memories for children.
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“I don’t want mummy to be an angel anymore.”
When my wife Jaime died, I told our young girls that Mummy was an angel.
In 2011, Jaime found a lump while breastfeeding our youngest girl.
A few weeks later we found out the cancer had spread to her bones.
She was only 30. We didn’t expect it. Cancer was something that happened to other people, older people.
We were growing our family and planning our future together.
Jaime passed away on January 31, 2013. The last thing she said to me was “I love you”.
Before her diagnosis, Jaime and I were very independent people. We didn’t like accepting help. But we
soon learned to appreciate help in the midst of the cancer battle.
You don’t realise how much stress you’re under. Little things can make or break your day.
After her breast surgery, vouchers from Sweet Louise meant Jaime could buy special mastectomy bras
because the ordinary ones didn’t fit anymore. Jaime told me:
“I started to feel like my old self. It was such a confidence boost because I’d been feeling quite low. The
Sweet Louise also offered support through their monthly Member meetings. At meetings Members spend
time with other women going through the same journey.
Jaime talked about the meetings a lot. There she could talk with people who understood what she was
going through. She didn’t want to upset me. So it helped her to have a support network to confide her
deepest fears in.
For Jaime, Sweet Louise was a group of people she could lean on. She loved her contact with the amazing
Sweet Louise Nurses and the connections she made with other Members. And the financial support took
a weight off her shoulders.
Jaime lived for her family. She was such a loving and affectionate person, a mum-in-a-million. There isn’t
a single day that goes by where I don’t think about her. Or our dreams unfulfilled.
I get so much joy out of the kids and seeing them grow. I wish Jaime could’ve shared it too.
Jaime’s story is a constant reminder to take nothing for granted. To live every day. To be positive, give
love, and be loved.