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We need YOU! Cancer is messing with our MUCH LOVED DESRAE

Closed Cause page created in the Health category by Glenda Tuaine for Desrae Ngatai

$73,815 of $80,000 goal

Given by 216 generous donors in around 12 months


Seeking your support to fund her treatment for ovarian cancer!

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Here is Desrae's story in her own words:

"I knew something was afoot when I didn’t feel like a tipple while at a friend’s BBQ over the Labour Day long weekend (Oct 2016) and my stomach started becoming bloated.

Following an ultrasound and further testing, I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer stage 3C. In December, I started nine rounds of chemotherapy (Paclitaxel and Carboplatin) with “interval debulking surgery”, in between.

Think - nuke, shrink, remove as much of the tumour as possible, then nuke again to be sure you get as much of the bugger as you can!!!

To support my healing, I took bold steps as I did not want this thing to take over the essential me. So I overhauled my life and diet to saint-like qualities- no sugar, alcohol or coffee and eating predominantly organic, plant-based food, regular exercise and lots of sleep.

By June 2017, I’d earned my chemo stripes as it were. All of the people who live with cancer know what I am talking about, sadly the stripes we all wish we didn't have. I welcomed a break from it all knowing that the tumour had responded well to treatment and had reduced considerably. I celebrated by completing the Kāpiti Women’s Triathlon…..I know get me!, but I wanted to celebrate living.

From then on my life has been one of being monitored regularly by the medical profession, but in June 2018 my cancer recurred. Soon after, I started another six rounds of chemotherapy (Gemcitabine and Carboplatin this time, for a bit of variety!). Last month, I was told that the chemotherapy hadn’t worked and that my last funded option for treatment is taking Etoposide (tablet form of chemotherapy) and intravenous Paclitaxel.

SO, as you can all imagine I am gutted but I am a fighter with a strong conviction that my health situation does not fit the “one size fits all” standard protocol offered by our health system.

I would appreciate some financial support to pay for my monthly treatments. As my illness is deemed “incurable” by the system, I would like to complement my conventional treatment, which I have to pay for, with metabolic and natural therapies."

Glenda Tuaine's involvement (page creator)

Desrae is one of my closest friends, she is like a sister me and I am committed to helping her Chris and Nikaia, raise money for her treatments against that dam Cancer!

Use of funds

The Funds will go towards prescribed drugs, supplements, and a specialised blood test which screens the efficacy of different chemotherapy agents and natural substances (so I can get the right sort), as well as intravenous vitamin C and ozone therapies.

Latest update

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Thank you   22 May 2020

Posted by: Glenda Tuaine

Firstly THANK YOU every single person who has given a little, who offered support, kind words, thoughts, a karakia, all of you we all send you a huge hug! As this Givealittle page draws to a close Des, Chris, Nikaia and I all feel an overwhelming sense of gratitude and thanks to you all. Thank you for your donations and support. Des has felt your love.

We started this page one year ago and it was not easy for Des ,Chris and Nikaia to make their life and Cancer battle public. I admire their strength, determination and love they share as a beautiful whanau unit.

This update brings some good news. It appears that Des's body has responded to part of her treatment positively and at this time the Doctors have decided against the surgery and will monitor how she goes. Now as you can imagine Des and Chris went to the hospital fully expecting to get the appointment sorted and be briefed on the surgery and outcomes.... to have that spun on its head in a bloody great way and Des now not needing to get her mind around being cut open again!!! YAHOOOOO.

Des told me that Chris and her were in a dream-like fuzz during the drive home, having worked themselves up to the idea of to prepare for surgery, but to be told otherwise. As she said Des had the deepest sleep she has had in ages.

So although she is still having to undergo treatment for the tumor she no longer has to deal with surgery on top of that. She starts back on weekly paclitaxcel, an intravenous chemo on 26 May so fingers and toes are crossed.

God Bless you all for giving, for caring and for being great people. Stay safe in these crazy days and as we all face battles in life this page has taught me to remember and remind others you are never alone in a battle and that love and kindness is always around you.

Much love from all of us and keep in touch


Desrae, Chris, Nikaia and Glenda

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Latest donations

  • Stephanie

    Stephanie 6 days ago


    with all our love Jeremy, Steph, Bonny and Bill


  • Guest Donor

    Guest Donor on 17 May 2020



  • Wedge-Judd Family

    Wedge-Judd Family on 04 May 2020


    Sending our love to you Desrae and your family. Becca, Jason and Molly


  • Dianne Jamieson

    Dianne Jamieson on 03 May 2020


    Sending all my Love, strength and positive pink bubbles to you Desrae. also to Chris & your lovely daughter. XXX


  • Stephanie

    Stephanie on 02 May 2020


    We love you Des, Chris and Nikaia x


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