Christchurch mum overwhelmed by support after tummy ache turns out to be 'aggressive' stage 4 cancer

A Christchurch woman said she is overwhelmed by the outpouring of support after Kiwis donated more than $18,000 to help her manage her stage 4 cancer.  

Noami Argyle, 45, was diagnosed with cancer on March 8 after being admitted to hospital with stomach pains.  

The next morning she was told it was cancer which doctors believe started in her colon and spread to her liver, chest and lymph nodes. The cancer was classified as stage 4 and being very aggressive.  

After the devastating diagnosis, Noami's former partner Scott Ashworth started a Givealittle page to help with palliative care and to support their children. The pair share two daughters aged 11 and 13 years old and Scott said the money will help provide for them.  

"This is the most heartbreaking thing I could ever have imagined having to do but I have no other options," Ashworth wrote on the Givealittle. 

"I'm writing this to try and generate as much support as possible so she can have some quality in the time she has left, she is unable to work therefore money is very, very tight.  

"I want her to be able to do as much as possible and create some forever memories with our girls and to make her time left as happy as can possibly be!" 

Naomi is battling stage 4 cancer.
Naomi is battling stage 4 cancer. Photo credit: Givealittle

At the time of writing the Givealittle page had raised a whopping $18,780 from 261 donors.  

In an update, Naomi said she was overwhelmed and incredibly grateful for all the support. 

"I want to say a massive thank you for all the love and messages I have received since last week, it has been overwhelming," she said.  

"Thank you to everyone for their generous donations to my give a little page (sic), it has truly blown me away and I have started to plan a few surprises for the girls, please continue to share this page for me." 

She added she has now been out of the hospital for a week and has had several visits from palliative care doctors and the Cancer Society who are helping her manage the pain.  

Along with money hundreds of messages of support flooded in with one donor writing: "Keep strong physically and spiritually." 

"All the best with the time you have with your family," another added.  

"Thinking of you and your lovely family. Stay strong," someone else said.