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I’m risking my life to be a mum

I’m risking my life to be a mum

Brave Maryse Dinan (24) of Hamilton said no to further cancer treatment in the hope that one day she’ll hold her own baby in her arms. She tells her story to New Zealand Woman’s Weekly. oy specialist smiled at me and said, “I think you’re one of the strongest people I’ve met.” I didn’t feel […]
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Spiders trapped me in my home!

Spiders trapped me in my home!

Auckland mum-of-two Michelle Green’s fear of spiders is so bad that she’s been trapped in her home by the creepy-crawlies.  Michelle (36) tells how she coped with a real-life invasion of the eight-legged kind. Pinned in the corner of my tiny laundry, fighting for breath and feeling as if my heart was going to jump […]
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I’ve beaten cancer six times!

I’ve beaten cancer six times!

Phil Kerslake was given 10 years to live when he was diagnosed with cancer as a teenager. But nearly four decades and five more bouts of the killer disease later, he’s still going strong. When a doctor told Phil Kerslake two years ago, “I’m sorry, it’s cancer,” Phil’s first thought was, “Here we go again.” […]
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Bashed at one, raped at 10, justice at 35

Bashed at one, raped at 10, justice at 35

Antonia Davies (35) of Hamilton grew up in a nightmare of abuse and rape. But she was determined to get justice one day. In a corner of my living room is a black and white photo of me as one-year-old. At first glance it looks perfect. I’m sitting on a wool rug, in a studio, […]
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‘Will you re-marry me?’

‘Will you re-marry me?’

After being separated for five years and getting a divorce, Kelly Pogan (30) of oount oaunganui has said `I do!’ to ex-husband Shaun (31) for a second time. **”I never fell out of love with him.” – Kelly’s story **over my dead body,” I always said when anyone suggested I might reunite with my ex-husband, […]
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Mum’s text terror: ‘Grl dead. Son suspect.’

Mum’s text terror: ‘Grl dead. Son suspect.’

Angela Haskell thought her son Richard had a happy New Year in Thailand. But the celebrations had taken a sinister twist – and Richard became a murder suspect. I smiled when I saw I had a text message on my cellphone from my husband owen, who was travelling in Asia with our son Richard. I […]
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Even roses smelled rotten to me!

Even roses smelled rotten to me!

Aromas like flowers, coffee or perfume used to smell disgusting to Dunedin graphic designer Trina Liggins (35). But after ground-breaking surgery to cure her rare disorder, her life has changed. Getting a bunch of roses used to make me want to throw up. To me, the smell of flowers wasn’t sweet or romantic. Instead, they […]
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The day they told me I’m not really a woman

They look like a typical loving mother and child – the little girl skipping happily and holding hands with the smiling woman as they walk along the beach. The woman calls out, “Be careful!” as the child races away to clamber over the rocks. The pretty four-year-old calls back, “I will, oum.” But Maria* is […]
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I lied to get my baby a father

Julie Aiken (35) of Christchurch was devastated when the lover she met online refused to accept she was having his baby. So she took desperate measures to find her son another dad. When I hear about people trying to find their birth fathers, I always think of my two-year-old son Blair and how one day […]
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I’m a beauty queen… and I’ve been in a wheelchair since age 16

I’m a beauty queen… and I’ve been in a wheelchair since age 16

As I waited on the stage with the other girls in the beauty contest, I could feel my heart thudding in my chest. Then I heard my name. “The first runner-up is… oelinda Bennett!” There were cheers from the crowd as I went forward to get my sash. The person handing it out had to […]
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