Battling Bay mum feels confident

By Greg Taipari

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Kirsty Porcer
Kirsty Porcer

Terminally ill Hastings mum Kirsty Porcer says she is feeling positive about the future.

The 42-year-old Hastings woman returned to Hawke's Bay recently after receiving experimental treatment at a German hospital to fight an aggressive form of breast cancer, which had metastasised to her bones.

In a Facebook post to Hawke's Bay Today, she said she was overwhelmed by the generosity shown by the community.

"In the last three weeks a lot has been going on. My wonderful friends all over the globe once again have rallied together."

Kirsty said she had continued with the anti-cancer no-sugar diet, the vitamin C infusions, plus supplements, and generally since the first hyperthermia treatment she was starting to notice improvements.

"I have felt way less pain and have heaps more energy. I also feel very positive about the future and that's the most important bit."

The Hastings mother is set to return to Germany for two weeks to continue the hyperthermia treatment and low-dose chemotherapy.

"After this round I will have an MRI scan to check the body for any cancer activity. To be honest, I know the news will be good, I can feel it.

"As always, I will miss my small babies, but they will have grandma here with them and their dad home in the weekends, so they will be okay."

Kirsty said she was grateful to all those who had donated their time, money and effort towards her treatment.

"To each and every one of you that donated, rallied, organised, ran, baked or ate, thank you, it's you that has made this happen."

When doctors told the her in January that stage-four breast cancer had metastasised to her bones - including hips, legs, knees and crucially her spine - she sought an alternative way to fight the aggressive form of cancer.

First she had to raise $100,000 to cover costs. A Givealittle account was set up by friends, and people from throughout the world have donated more than $40,000 so far. To make a donation for Kirsty: givealittle.co.nz/cause/webbkiss.

- Hawkes Bay Today

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