Kiri Allan updates Kiwis on cancer treatment journey, says she's missing work and life 'like crazy'

Kiri Allan updates Kiwis on cancer treatment journey, says she's missing work and life 'like crazy'
Photo credit: Facebook / Kiri Allan - Labour MP

Kiri Allan has given an update on the ups and downs of her cervical cancer treatment so far, revealing she's been missing work and life "like crazy".

The East Coast Labour MP has almost finished her fourth week of treatment.

"This week has been filled with lots of ups and downs," she writes on Facebook.

"Highlight has been getting to know my East Coast mate Api Rangihuna, who is undergoing radiation treatment as well - also in his 4th week. We're feeling a little tired together here."

But a sad start to her week was the passing of her 'Battle Buddy', Kimihia Te Maramatanga Webster-Ririnui.

"In his short time on earth, he taught me a lot and I'm grateful for the incredible team at NICU who gave their best care to my relations. My love is with mum and dad."

The Labour MP says despite missing work and life "like crazy", she's trying to appreciate the little things.

"[I] am trying to take in the wonders of some of the small things I haven't done so much of late - like a beautiful walk through Zealandia earlier this week to see the magnificent Kaka, tuatara, kereru and many other beautiful native flora, fauna, birds and wildlife."

Allan says part of her journey involves meeting new and wonderful people, and she's grateful for those who have reached out to support her - "from the cleaners at the hospital to the specialists, and then all the other patients and their families."

"I feel grateful for the many, many people who have reached out to offer love and healing, to the angels that look after me day and night at home and the gift of family friends."

Earlier this week, the Labour MP revealed she had less than a one-in-seven chance of surviving cervical cancer.

"When I got told that I had cervical cancer, they said for somebody with stage 3C you have a 40 percent chance of survival," she told The Hui on Monday.

"As a wāhine Māori, I have about a 13.3 percent chance of survival."

The 37-year-old is encouraging Māori women to speak up about their health and not hesitate when it comes to seeking medical care.

"Our people deserve our wahine, our people deserve our tāne, we deserve our orangatanga and our kids, they need us".