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The C Word

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The C Word brings voices of lived experience to an issue that affects so many of us. Drawing on their own experiences, Helen and Belinda speak to other Kiwis whose lives have been impacted by cancer.

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  • Producer / Presenter: Helen King

    A born-and-bred Westie, Helen is a keen bike rider and mental wellbeing advocate, and is the founding member of Nutters Ride Together. A survivor of breast cancer, she is exploring ways of expanding the conversation around cancer and the impact it has on people’s lives. A journalist by training, Helen spent time as a radio producer at Radio Live and currently works in community engagement.

  • Presenter: Belinda Tran-Lawrence

    Up until her cancer diagnosis Belinda was a secondary school teacher, and she now tutors for Massey University. Mother to three young women who have inherited her passion for social justice and fighting inequities, Belinda lives in Ōakura, New Plymouth with her partner, whose drive for adventure keeps her out in the world and happily out of her comfort bubble.

The C Word

Sunday, 13 September, 2020

Crazy grief

When Tatiana Hotere's husband Jason died three years ago she fell into a deep pit of grief, at times it felt like she was going crazy. She found an outlet in writing which has turned into her podcast Crazy Grief. The C Word sat down to chat about what Tatiana has learned about grief, why it's important to grieve in the way you need and not the way others want you to. And how being kind to yourself means putting yourself first.

Previous podcasts

  • SUNDAY 6/09/2020

  • SUNDAY 30/08/2020

  • SUNDAY 23/08/2020

  • SUNDAY 16/08/2020

  • My tits are trying to kill me

    • SUNDAY 9/08/2020
    • Health

    Palmerston North couple Lanz Blackman and Buffy Small are living with cancer. Eighteen months after intensive care nurse Buffy had breast cancer her wife Lanz was diagnosed. Not long into chemo treatment Lanz got the devastating news her cancer had spread. She shares her often hilarious account on her blog my Tits are trying to Kill Me and joined Helen via Zoom to talk about what it's like living with incurable cancer.

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