Christchurch woman's terminal cancer diagnosis after years of family heartache

A crowdfunding page has been set up for a Christchurch woman after she was given a terminal cancer diagnosis - a horrid addition to eight years of unspeakable pain for her family.

The Givealittle page set up for Gaye Fisher is raising funds for Osimertinib, a cancer treatment that isn't funded by Pharmac in New Zealand.

Any surplus funds will go towards supporting her partner, Max, and their family.

"Recently she was given the most devastating news that her time with us was now to be measured in weeks if she cannot start treatment straight away," the page's description reads.

"This treatment, Osimertinib, costs $10,000 per month as it's not funded and it's being sourced from Australia."

But the devastating news is just the latest in a string of heartbreaking events for Ms Fisher and her family.

In 2011 she lost her son Adam to the Christchurch earthquake, and was left further crushed after discovering Adam's son - her grandson - had leukaemia.

Years later she then learned she had breast cancer, and was forced to get a mastectomy and additional surgery to keep it at bay.

Despite the years of misfortune, donors have alleviated some of her pain thanks to their generous funding of her first round of Osimeritinib. The page explains she will start taking the medication from Monday.

"Gaye has asked me to thank you all from the bottom of her heart for the generous support she has received both financially and emotionally," an update on the page says.

"Messages of love are pouring in and this is really boosting Gaye."

You can donate to the Givealittle page here.


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