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Help Caro live and beat stage 4 cancer 💜

Cause page created in the Health category by Nastajia Bourke for Caroline Chandler

$22,036 donated

Given by 512 generous donors in around 4 months


Caroline (39yrs) mother of 2 furbabies, Stage 4, advanced - Hodgkins Lymphoma Cancer, help her BEAT cancer and live!

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Caro's Story, by Caro.

I had a dream, but this was not it!

Struggling to shake off what I thought was just the common flu, I decided to head to the doctors and get it looked at.

A few consultations later, at only 39yrs old I was diagnosed with a rare blood cancer, Hodgkins Lymphoma, stage 4 advanced.

Devastated, in shock and lost! Having seen the PET Scan of my whole body riddled with Cancer, left my little family and I lost for words but also, scared of what was up ahead.

It's been two months since being diagnosed and I am currently undergoing ABVD chemotherapy.

After the first hit of chemotherapy, I ended up in hospital for a week! My body reacted and everything became inflamed. I had my parents come to stay, my fiance by my side constantly and before the end of the week, I had zero sick leave and a few days of annual leave left, and I only just started! This is not what I had planned!

Before chemo, my fiance and I had planned to be working through this and taking the odd sick leave and annual leave here and there, but after the 2nd hit of chemo it's now becoming more realistic that my body is struggling to keep up and I’m not going to be able to work for very much longer. I'm looking at 6-8 mths of Chemotheraphy.

Living with this is not easy and nothing in life prepares you for this trauma.

My loss of wages of not being able to work, puts a financial strain to my journey something we were not prepared for.

I've lost my independence to look after my family and now we live off my fiance's source of income.

Thank you for your generosity and support!! Every little bit will go a long way.

Nastajia Bourke's involvement (page creator)

I am caroline's life partner, fiance.

Use of funds

Funds will be used to pay the mortgage, travel to and from treatment, hospital visits, , help pay for family to visit and support us throughout the journey. Both of our families do not live in Wellington.

Latest update

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Set back!  26 February 2020

Posted by: Nastajia Bourke

Hi all,

Sorry for not posting earlier, Caroline has had a wee set back with neutropenia and has ended up in hospital with an infection due to having extremely low neutrophils.

Triggered by exhaustion and work related stress, we are hoping that Caroline will be able to take it easy over the next few more months as treatment progresses.

After 6 nights in hospital she has been discharged and now at home taking it easy.

Thank your for your generosity, prayers and sharing our story.

Every little bit helps our Caroline recover with ease without having sick leave to use.

Lots of love and blessings to all,


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    Guest Donor on 11 Mar 2020



  • Matt

    Matt on 04 Mar 2020



  • Guest Donor

    Guest Donor on 27 Feb 2020


    Best wishes to you Caro, Nastajia and family


  • Guest Donor

    Guest Donor on 19 Feb 2020



  • Susan

    Susan on 07 Feb 2020


    Thinking of you and your journey, Kia Kaha xo


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