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www.times.co.nz Howick and Botany Times, Wednesday, July 10, 2013 --- 17 MOVING Up to 70% off WHOLESALE FURNITURE Quality Indonesian furniture and homeware. We stock it all. Bookshelves, chests of drawers, TV cabinets, buffets and more.... Plus a full range of ceramic pots, buddahs... - then resuming normal prices Too lazy to shift it all 120624 TEAK 'n CANE Jag Kitchens -- Inside Danske Mobler, Botany Town Centre. Open 7 days. Ph 271 3131. www.jagkitchens.co.nz 118249A-V3 CUSTOM SIZED KITCHENS AT SENSIBLE PRICES At Jag Kitchens we specialise in custom-sized kitchens designed and built to a wide variety of budgets. We have a complete range of materials covered by our 10 year warranty. Ask about our: • FREE design service • Sophisticated 3D computer design program Whether you are thinking of a major renovation or simply planning to replace an existing kitchen contact Jag Kitchens. Our showroom is open seven days a week or a visit to our website will give you lots of information and photographs. Visit our 8-kitchen showroom today! “She’s been excellent. We’re very glad we found her because she has worked with us, listened to our ideas and incorporated her own ideas. We have ended up with a perfect result! "We work from home and the kitchen has made a huge difference to the atmosphere of our home. We can see the kitchen from the ofﬁce and it’s such a treat to come into at the end of the day. We love the whole kitchen. There’s nothing we would change – nothing at all.” -- Mike and Cathy Barnes www.homevisionblinds.co.nz PH 0800 254 637 1 Analie Place, Highbrook. Phone 274 1930. 0800 BLINDS NO GIMMICKS JUST FACTO DI 120386-V5 OFF B Merlyn's amazing story By MARIANNE KELLY MANY baby boomers will remember the school dental nurse giving them a ball of mercury to play with as a treat after a tooth ﬁlling. But years later for one woman, the practice of ﬁlling children’s teeth with amalgam was to ﬁnd her conﬁned to a blackened room four days out of seven. Merlyn Clarke, who lived in Howick for 44 years, relates the experience of trying to ﬁnd answers for her sickness, eventual diagnosis and treatment for mercury poisoning in her newly- published book, Life begins at ﬁfty two. However, as well as an account of the devastating effect the sickness had on her daily life, her marriage and self-esteem, Merlyn weaves a story of family happenings and paints pictures of the way it was in Howick 40 years ago. “When we ﬁrst moved to the district I regarded myself as living in the country,” she says, “as it was an open speed limit from Pakuranga and we drove through lovely farmland. “I bought fresh eggs from the chook farm on the highway run by an old codger Mr H, who lived there with his equally old-fashioned wife. They had hearts of gold!” The book is described as an inspiring story of perseverance, courage and a simple faith in God. It tells the story of Merlyn’s early life. Coming from a middle-class background, she dropped out of school aged 14 and abandoned a dental mechanic apprenticeship when the family relocated back to Howick from the Waikato town, Matamata. She married and raised four children, during which time she also gradually descended into a twilight world with excruciating headaches that sent her to bed in a darkened room for three or four days out of seven. No one at the time realised it was caused by chronic mercury poisoning. The situation was made worse when she was told by health professionals that she was neurotic and needed antidepressants. Merlyn says: “Many people have said, ‘but I have lots of ﬁllings so how come I don’t have mercury poisoning?’ “To which I answer, ‘a lot of people smoke but not many people contract lung cancer’. “The purpose of writing a book was to help others understand that this crippling disease, for want of a better word, is not a life sentence like I thought, but rather there is a light at the end of the tunnel.” Merlyn eventually decided to have all her teeth removed at the age of 52. She has since returned to Matamata where she lives in a retirement village and is enjoying creating a new edible garden. ■ Life begins at ﬁfty two is available at Readaway Books and Paper Plus, Picton Street, Howick, and Elim Christian Bookstore, 159 Botany Road. It’s also available online at www.ﬁfty2.info, cost $28. For more information, email Merlyn at lifebegins@ﬁfty2. info. PERSEVERANCE PAYS OFF: It took until she was aged 52, but Merlyn Clarke has regained her quality of life after suffering from mercury poisoning for years. Photography supplied WIN BOOKS ■ The Times has two copies of Life begins at fty two to give away. To enter, write your name and daytime contact details on the back of an envelope and send to: Life begins at 52 Competition, Times Newspapers, PO Box 259-243, Botany, Auckland 2163, or enter online at www.times. co.nz. Entries close at 5pm on July 15.
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