(07) 343 6591

Rotorua Community Hospice Stories

Stories of the individuals who have touched our lives.

This is Martine’s story

I really benefit from the coffee mornings. We don’t talk about our cancer or our illness – although we did at the start – we talk about everything. I really enjoy it.

Martine is a regular member of our Day Stay programme or as she calls it a “coffee group”. Every Wednesday, patients come to Hospice for a chat, a laugh, maybe an activity and of course, the morning teas donated by local businesses!

“I really benefit from the coffee mornings. We don’t talk about our cancer or our illness – although we did at the start – we talk about everything. I really enjoy it. The volunteers are so friendly and they ring us every Tuesday to remind us to come… and the morning teas are so yum!”

In 2012, Martine was diagnosed with ovarian cancer and has had surgery and numerous courses of chemotherapy.

Whilst her illness is life-limiting, that doesn’t stop Martine. She’s travelled all over New Zealand in the last few years from Cape Reinga to Dunedin. She lives with her mum, two sons, daughter, their partners and grandchildren too.

Martine is undeniably a positive person, counting herself amongst the lucky ones. “I’m lucky because I only have one thing. Other people have multiple things or illness.”

“I am a positive, bubbly person but I have my moments too. Lots of people at the coffee group are that way. I have a bad day, get over it and tomorrow is another day”.

Martine encourages anyone who is part of Hospice or has a life-limiting illness to come along to Day Stay. “It is for everybody, not just cancer patients, any type of illness. No matter what’s wrong with you, whether it be cancer or whatever, come along and give it a go. Male or female. I didn’t think I was sick enough, not realising you don’t have to be that sick”.

Martine passed away on the 22nd February 2019

Day Stay is available for any Hospice patients every Wednesday morning at 10am at Rotorua Community Hospice. Please get in touch with us on 07 343 6591 if you would like to come along.

More stories from Rotorua Community Hospice

Card image cap

This is Tom & Avis’ story

Having only moved to Rotorua two years ago from a lifestyle block, the Rotorua Hospice team has become Tom and Avis’ family.

Learn More
Card image cap

This is Martine’s story

I really benefit from the coffee mornings. We don’t talk about our cancer or our illness – although we did at the start – we talk about everything. I really enjoy it.

Learn More
Card image cap

This is Kelly’s story

Without Hospice, we wouldn’t have been able to have it the way it was. Being at home was so important to Mum and to Tony and I. Hospice is the only thing that allowed that.

Learn More
Card image cap

This is Michael’s story

Michael remained incredibly positive throughout his journey. When the cancer returned Michael said, “Don’t worry mum, I’ve already had a good life”. Those words from a 19 year old were startling and inspirational.

Learn More
Card image cap

This is Frances’ story

Diagnosed with lung cancer nine years ago and having been with Rotorua Hospice for 18 months, Frances epitomises the hospice way of living every moment in whatever way is important to you.

Learn More
Card image cap

This is Dexter the Dog’s story

Dexter the dog lives a few hundred metres away from Ferguson Home – a retirement community in Rotorua.

Learn More
Card image cap

This is Brendan’s story

“Hospice didn’t come into our lives as the end of the road but rather as another tool to provide Dad and all of the family with the support to help fight his cancer.”

Learn More
Card image cap

This is Monica’s story

It’s not just relatives she is classing as family; it is the team at Rotorua Hospice.

Learn More
Card image cap

This is Denise & Tahae’s story

In the words of their daughter, Sherry Tait… Words will never do our gratitude justice. Eight months ago my life changed, we prepared to lose both of our parents.

Learn More
Card image cap

This is Barbara’s story

Don’t ever be frightened to ring Hospice and get support. They are wonderful. It’s not necessarily the end – they can help. The thing is when you’re a patient or a friend of a patient you don’t know how to deal with it. They do. That’s why I would do anything for Hospice.

Learn More

This is Tom & Avis’ story

Having only moved to Rotorua two years ago from a lifestyle block, the Rotorua Hospice team has become Tom and Avis’ family.

Read More

Rotorua Community Hospice Stories

Stories of the individuals who have touched our lives.