“I was working at Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Pikiao when I got my Breast Cancer diagnosis. The whole process was traumatic and it took a huge toll on my body. It was brutal and I was exhausted but it was during that time I realised what a taonga our health is and I wanted to fight for mine”, explains Barbie.
Instead of being held captive by fear and pain, Barbie decided to take control of her health and wellbeing. This new focus meant Barbie began to think about the steps she would take to build the strength she needed to battle her disease.
Published: Rāhina, 30 Whiringa ā-rangi, 2015 | Monday, 30 November 2015