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

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

$69,941 of $80,000 goal

Given by 209 generous donors in around 10 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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It suks but we need your help again!  29 February 2020

Posted by: Glenda Tuaine

So a couple of weekends ago I got to have the most awesome weekend in Auckland with Des and all the Aunties (a name we have for a bunch of us that are close) We are a sisterhood of love, we care deeply for each other and we when one of us hurts we all hurt. So here is the thing that dam Cancer that is tucked away in our Des is being stubborn and holding on when we all want that little bastard to disappear. Des has been told by her Doctors that she needs to undergo another round of Chemo and this will be starting very soon. As you can imagine this is gutting news but our Des is incredible, brave and so much of an inspiring person. She approaches all of this with calm resolution. But as a good mate I can see in eyes this is devastating news that she has to go down that chemo path again. So please all our you I just ask you to take a moment to register that. I know everyone has battles but our mate is again heading into battle with that bastard Cancer. She needs all of us again - we need to help financially again. So what ever you can give please give. I love my mate deeply and I just ask you all for help.

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    Guest Donor on 25 Mar 2020



  • Rosemary

    Rosemary on 22 Mar 2020


    Dear Desrae - this is a birthday gift sent on behalf of your lovely friend Jan. With lots of love from Rosemary and Dean


  • Daniel

    Daniel on 11 Mar 2020


    All the best from afar. DH


  • Stuart

    Stuart on 04 Mar 2020


    Sending lots of love and prayers x


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