Hi, I’m Nick. This site is about my experience with Head & Neck Cancer and how it has influenced my outlook on life.
I wrote my first post from my hospital bed, a few days after coming out of the Intensive Care unit following my first surgery in June 2009. I lost my speech for a while, so I started this blog as a way of expressing myself and telling my family & friends around the world how I was feeling.
Now, I’m a proud escaped patient of Wellington’s public health system. I have frequent checkups & monitoring, to make sure my recovery is going smoothly, but my health today is Excellent – thanks to my Medical Dream Team.
And thanks to the support of all my family & friends, I’m the fittest & happiest I’ve ever been in my whole life.
Since getting cancer & going through treatment, I’ve learned a lot about life in a very concentrated way. My cancer experience has been serious business, but it has also enhanced my outlook on life. I enjoy writing & speaking about what I’ve learnt, and sharing it with others in different ways. There’s a highlights package of that, here.
I’m a life member of Outward Bound NZ and past Chair of on the Outward Bound NZ Members Council. I’m also a patron of the Pink & Steel Pilates Trust, founder of mycancerexperience.co.nz, a nonprofit support site for New Zealanders. I’m a trained and active volunteer for the NZ Cancer Society’s Cancer Connect network, and am currently president of Mt Victoria Toastmasters.
Most of all, I love running up and down mountains, for fun. My highest summit run has been to the peak of Mt Taranaki, a dormant volcano in the North Island of New Zealand, but my favourite mountain of all is Ruapehu, (an active volcano, which I’m often privileged to run on).