A 16-year-old cancer sufferer who ended up homeless with the rest of her family after they moved to Auckland for her treatment has found a new home.

The girl, whose plight came to light after she shared her story on Facebook, said this morning she was thankful that her family has a new home, after they were taken in at South Auckland's Te Puea Marae last week.

The girl's post on the marae's Facebook page Te Puea Memorial Marae Manaaki Tangata was shared 16,000 times and reached 438,471 people by 10.30am today, just 18 hours after she posted it.

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Te Puea Memorial Marae Manaaki Tangata
about 9 months ago

B is for Brave 💖💕

I'm B, I'm 16, I have cancer. I am homeless.

My Dad is cool, he’s a solo Dad of 5....
My brother he’s 18, I'm 16, my sister 13 and my little brothers are 4 and 2. We were living in Hamilton, Dad was working, he’s a painter. We came up here in March because my close cousin, drowned at Hunua falls.

We were just trying to get over my cousin’s funeral and then I got told that I have Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and that there’s a tumour in my lower back. Everything, it all went down hill from there.
When I got told, I didn’t think about anything, I just started crying.
It was hard to take in. The doctors said I needed chemo therapy straight away so it wouldn’t spread and that the best place for that was Starship hospital in Auckland. At first Dad said it was to far for us but then he moved my family up from Hamilton to my Aunty’s here in Mangere (the mother of the cousin who'd died).

The first treatment it made me really cold, really weak and really sick. I hated being in hospital. The hardest part was losing my long hair, I always used to play with it and plait it. When my hair starting coming out, my tears started falling down. Two days it was all gone.

I was in hospital for a month. I wasn’t able to swallow, I got infections, I had 2 massive seizures. I had to have antibiotics and that lead to kidney problems so not only do I have cancer, I have kidney problems.
When I was finally allowed to go home I was really happy. I told my Dad I was hungry, I wanted to go to McDonald's. We celebrated getting out, I ordered my favorite Big Mac combo and then we went home to Aunty's.

There were 15 people living at Aunty’s. I slept on a mattress in a room I shared with my little brothers. It wasn’t really good because the hospital said I had to wear a mask because I could easily get infected. It was nice to be around family, I didn’t want to talk about having cancer, we’d talk about my cousin, I miss him.
Dad had stopped working to look after all of us. He would go to WINZ for appointments, he told them about me having cancer, about us. They did nothing. He went to Housing NZ, told them, they couldn’t find us a house “too full” they said “too full”.
We were stuck at Aunty’s things got really tense, so we had leave. My Dad heard about what the marae was doing and said “let’s try the marae.”

We were nervous cause we’re Samoan. At first we thought, 'oh no there’s not gonna be islanders or anything,’ but once we got here everyone was kind and loving. It’s pretty cool here. We are happy, they are helping us to get a house which is a huge relief for my Dad. He still has to take me to Starship for my check ups, blood tests, to flush my line and to change the dressing. He's still stressed out, but I'm really proud of my Dad.

I hope we get a house. So we can all live again. So my Dad can go back to work, he's a hard worker. My brother wants to get a job. My sister she likes her school and I want my little brother’s to have a home. I feel responsible for all of this.

I asked B what she’d like most of all in life and she said right now, a holiday to Samoa to see her Mum’s family, and she wants to meet the wrestler Roman Reigns.

She wants to be cured of cancer, of course.

And a house. She’d like to get a house.

B is for Brave 💖💕

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Although the past few months have been extremely difficult, the light at the end of the tunnel is becoming brighter. B and her aiga will be moved into a home this week (Tuesday) and will get to focus on her healing without the pressures of having no home.

Ngā tauwhirotanga nui ki runga ki a koe e B me to whānau, i tēnei rā, a haere ake nei. Paimārire ❤️

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Her father and her 18-year-old brother have both been offered jobs, and the family, including three younger children, will move into "a brand new four-bedroom house" owned by Housing NZ tomorrow.

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The girl, who does not wish to be named, told reporters this morning: "I just want to say thank you to everyone for their love and support. Thank you to everyone at Te Puea Marae for everything they have done for my family and I."

The teenager, referred to only as "B", became homeless with her father, three brothers and her sister after they moved to Auckland from Hamilton.

"B" was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma soon after her cousin drowned at Hunua Falls. She had a tumour in her lower back. Her post said it "all went down hill from there".

"When I got told, I didn't think about anything, I just started crying. It was hard to take in. The doctors said I needed chemotherapy straight away so it wouldn't spread and that the best place for that was Starship Hospital in Auckland," it said.

The family then moved from Hamilton to live in "B's" aunt's home in Mangere to be closer to Starship Hospital. "B" was in hospital for a month.

"I wasn't able to swallow, I got infections, I had two massive seizures. I had to have antibiotics and that led to kidney problems so not only do I have cancer, I have kidney problems."

When she left Starship Hospital, "B" went back to her aunt's home.

However, there were 15 people staying the Mangere house and the 16-year-old had to sleep on a mattress in a room she shared with her two younger brothers. "It wasn't really good because the hospital said I had to wear a mask because I could easily get infected.

"It was nice to be around family, I didn't want to talk about having cancer."

Her father, who previously worked as a painter in Hamilton, tried to find his family a home. "He would go to Winz for appointments, he told them about me having cancer, about us.

"They did nothing. He went to Housing NZ, told them. They couldn't find us a house. Too full, they said, too full."

When things at her aunt's "got really tense", the family left and had stayed at the marae since. "We were stuck at Aunty's. Things got really tense, so we had leave. My Dad heard about what the marae was doing and said 'let's try the marae'."

Asked this morning about the family's new home, she said: "I'm just thankful for that. Now we don't have to worry about being homeless any more."

She said the two things she most wanted in life were to meet American wrestler Roman Reigns and to visit family in Samoa, where her mother lives.

She said she was feeling "alright" after her latest round of chemotherapy.

Wayne Howett, chief executive of Ronald McDonald House which has rooms for 86 families of children being treated at Starship Hospital, said he could have accommodated the family if they were referred from their original home in Hamilton.

However, it is unclear where they were living at the time because they had come up to Mangere to support B's Aunty after the aunt's son died at Hunua Falls in March.