Howick and Pakuranga Times
Botany and Ormiston Times : Botany and Ormiston Times Thursday March 3 2016
14 — Botany and Ormiston Times, Thursday, March 3, 2016 www.times.co.nz Sell your home with confidence Lucy Bondarenko Phone 265 4544 Mobile 021 638 832 Email email@example.com KC10752 www.phrealty.co.nz 50% off Sealy Up to Posturepedic Floor models off selected 06% up to luxury beds 20% off everything storewide* At least *Excludes already discounted items & those at best everyday prices We’re a family business with years of bedding experience Let us help you choose the right bed for you STOCKTAKE huge bed savings CLEARANCE 500 Ti Rakau Drive Next to Harvey Norman P 274 3695 dreambeds.co.nz $399 *Limited Stock - offer valid while stock lasts Foam Encased spring system Pillow top for added comfort Mattress Pocket Spring Single KC11517 What’s it all about? It’s all about you. It’s all about you as part of our community. The Times is your anchor to local Social Events, Sports, Arts, Schools, Business, Local Government, Readers Contributions and a great way of sourcing Local Businesses and Trades People! We are your community... Online at www.times.co.nz and in your letterbox every Thursday PROUDLY HOWICK! To buy, phone Times Newspapers 271 8000 Or order online @ www.times.co.nz Also available at: Victoria’s of Howick, 87 Picton St, Howick. Ph 534 2490. And: Howick Historical Village ONLY$17EACH The perfect reminder of everything Howick. 100% cotton teatowel. Buy one for yourself, give to friends or send abroad. ■■ By Marianne Kelly The shock of being diagnosed with breast cancer when you are 28 years young is hard enough. But Alexia Casbolt is finding strength in two strong little embryos tucked away in a freezer, future-proofing her and her partner Warren Stevens from the even greater shock of not being able to start a family for five years. A week before Christmas Ms Casbolt was diagnosed with the aggressive grade 3 invasive ductal carcinoma/ hormonal receptive breast cancer. She was quickly admitted to hospital for a full mastectomy of the right breast on January 13.Testing of her lymph nodes came back positive on two nodes. So she has just started a five-month course of chemotherapy, oestrogen suppressant drugs and radiation. Ongoing medication will have to be taken for five years. “ The scary thing is that the drugs shut down the ovaries so I will go straight into menopause at 28,” she says. For this reason she and Mr Stevens immediately embarked on IVF treatment for embryo-cryopreservation which resulted in the two eggs. “ There is still five years to wait before I can carry those eggs,” she says. “ That was the most shocking thing to discover. But the number one aim is to get better and it’s amazing that we have those two strong little embryos tucked away. More than anything, that was the toughest thing to handle.” Ms Casbolt met Mr Stevens when he was doing a traditional OE visit to England. Four years ago he brought her back to New Zealand to live. “I left family and friends in England,” Ms Casbolt says. “But my parents were here for Christmas and worked through the diagnosis with me. We have bought our house and this is my home now, the country I fell in love with.” Plans were to marry at the end of this year and start a family. But now the focus for the couple is to get through the next five years. “ Warren is going through everything the same as I am,” Ms Casbolt says. “He’s dealing with it and we are a great team. I call him superman. “Going through this with him, I can see how much he loves me. Sometimes if you go through something horrible, you can show much more and true love.” Meanwhile Ms Casbolt is grateful for the support she is receiving from the team where she works as branch manager at Tile Space in East Tamaki. The company has left the option of working when she is well enough up to her. Mr Stevens’ mother Lee has set up a Givealittle web page to help the couple with the cost of extra treatment, recovery costs and, most importantly, lost income so that they can afford to stay in their home. ■➤ Ms Casbolt’s web page is https://givealittle.co.nz/ cause/lexineedsangels and her video diary updates are at www.youtube.com Alexia Casbolt is shocked that as well as having breast cancer, she is unable to start a family for at least five years. Times photo Wayne Martin cancer Battle Two little eggs in waiting Go for Gold An unsuspecting local family man who shopped at Countdown Botany has won $10,000. The prize is part of Countdown’s Go for Gold swipe-and-win Onecard promotion. The promotion which ends on March 6 gives Kiwis the chance to win $10,000 gold every day, and four trips for two to the Rio Olympic Games are up for grabs— when they shop using their One Card. Shoppers need to spend $20 in- store or online and swipe their Onecard. Winners can choose the value in cash if they win like the Botany winner did. Winner, Steven from Botany Downs says: “Thank you very much for the opportunity that the money has given us. We will use it to go to the UK to visit friends. They are like grandparents to our children and have visited us every year for about 15 years. However, for the last two years ill health has prevented them from travelling. Winning the $10,000 will now mean that both of us and possibly even our children can go and spend time with them.” Countdown is calling winners daily.
Botany and Ormiston Times Thursday February 25 2016
Botany and Ormiston Times Thursday March 10 2016