Sarvs Falefitu is a 40year old NZ born, Auckland bred Samoan/ Niuean. Sarvs is mother to four teenagers (Kroydon 19 years, Denae 16 years, Kendra 14 years, Grayson 13 years) and has been married to her 'Samoan warrior' for 19 1/2 years.

My gals, Denae (left) & Kendra

My boyz, Grayson (left) and Kroydon

I have breast cancer and so...

This blog has been created in the hopes that I could raise awareness of this 'evil influence that spreads dangerously', according to Collins English Dictionary, Compact Edition, to fundraise to cover the majority of my Herceptin treatment and hopefully this might help other women even in the tiniest way who might be living and dealing to breast cancer also.
I have Grade 2, HER2 positive type cancer and my cancer has moved away from the primary spot and invaded other parts of my body via my lymph vessels and blood vessels. Along with chemotherapy and radiotherapy I will also need Herceptin. NZ only funds Herceptin for 9 weeks but a full 12 months is recommended. I have opted to take the recommended 12 months and it will cost exactly $96,273.60. While some specialists are 'comfortable' with 9 weeks of Herceptin, I am not. I want to attend my teenagers graduations. I need to wave them goodbye when they go on their OE's. I wish to witness them all walk down the aisles, be present at the births of my grandchillens and finally do my big OE with my hubby too - of course without the grandchillens!!! Clearly I have far too much to live for and I implore anyone with time to please support my fundraisers or send any fundraising ideas our way.
Your support will make a lasting difference to my quality of life and I sincerely thank you all in advance for your love and support.


Sarvs wishes to acknowledge the amazing staff at St Marks Clinic who at the early days of her breast cancer diagnosis helped and coached her through one of the darkest days of her life.Thank you Michelle, Beverley, Jenny, Tracey, the wonderful surgeons Stephen and Stan. Most importantly Sarvs would like to acknowledge 'Johnny' for having the foresight to establish a beautiful haven such as St Marks Clinic many years ago for women such as herself.

Breakdown of Herceptin costs

Since day dot Dr Mike McCrystal my oncologist has been apologetic of the horrendous Herceptin costs for HER2+ women. Nothing to apologise about Mike it is out of your hands and ours however look closely at what Pharmac and NZ Government are blissfully content in handing to a cancer patient and their loved ones -

Loading dose cost: (1 loading treatment)
Drug cost, delivery (+GST) 500mg $7018.65
Nursing $250.00
Medical $350.00
Consumables $35.00
Hospital charge $100.00
GST $969.20
Sub-total $8722.85 for loading dose at 8mg/kg

Maintenance dose cost: (13 maintenance treatments)
Drug cost, delivery (+GST) 370mg $5251.35
Nursing $250.00
Medical $350.00
Consumables $350.00
Hospital charge $100.00
GST $748.30
Total $6734.65 maintenance dose at 6mg/ kg
Overall total for full course: $96,273.60

So dealing with the diagnosis of breast cancer, losing a breast, having major surgery, being put through chemo treatment, being hospitalised 3 times, going through radiotherapy, getting through the remission period, dealing with the emotional side of this all and then having to fundraise endlessly for Herceptin do you think Pharmac or NZ Government have the right to play God with our lives?!!

22 April 2008

Snip pics

Carey and Lara

Carey and hubby

And now mum gets in on the action
And the Boss (I am sure Carey was nice as pie at work that week)
Shelley the hairdresser tidies Carey up...
...'no nigga lines please'...
smiling and laughing the entire night..
You look fantastic Carey
And you too can sport the new look...GI Jane and Sinead
A huge THANK YOU to Carey for getting behind me and putting her money where her mouth is and to her wonderful family and friends who supported this night of success.

14 April 2008

Hair today, gone tomorrow..

Friday 18th April at 14 Glenhaven Place, Te Atatu Peninsula at 7pm sharp a very old friend of mine that cancer managed to bring back into my life (see it does have it's positives) is inviting friends and family into her home to cut, hack and maybe even shave (should I have even suggested that..?!) off her crowning glory to raise more funds for my Herceptin treatment!!

Okay so if you are reading this and in disbelief of Carey's bravery, you have nothing to do that night and have some spare cash jingling in your pockets you are officially and warmly invited to join me and others in supporting Carey on the night, support me for life.

  • 14 Glenhaven Place, Te Atatu Peninsula
  • Friday 18th April
  • 7pm sharp
  • Light refreshments and nibbles (BYO also for more dutch courage)
  • A snippet for a donation


The cost of Carey's new G.I Jane hair do was a whopping $1090.00 - this was how much was raised on the night.

To all the wonderful ladies that attended and made Carey's fundraiser for my Herceptin a huge success THANK YOU so very much!!

And to Carey from me, thank you darling for taking the plunge; I hope you too will enjoy the new look and the kids don't get too freaked out..LOL!

Dearest Baby Luamanuvae,

Your darling parents I will love to no end and no words could do justice or begin to describe my gratitude.
One day you will know that many loving people put much thought into giftng you a beautiful name and gifting me with an extension to life.
You will be surrounded by those loving and generous people who I am so grateful to.
I hope one day you will realise you were a key player in making a difference for me.

Blessings and much love
Aunty Sarvs oxo
(**An amazing $1025.00 was raised and humbly accepted to go towards another Herceptin treatment**)

03 April 2008

169 days since my diagnosis

And reflecting back just a wee bit, life has been bloomin' stark mad.
One GP visit, one mammogram, one ultrasound, one core biopsy, one mastectomy, one breast reconstruction, fourteen breast clinic consultations, one chemotherapy orientation, one chemo oncologist consultation, one radio oncologist consultation, one istotope injection, one bone scintigram, one head, chest and lung x-ray, four oncology assessments, four chemo treatments, one post operation physio consultation, two lymphatic clinic visits, one acute oncology visit followed by six days of being laid up in a hospital bed with neutropenic fever, hundreds of lures inserted in me veins, that many more canulars tucked in there just for good measure, the poppin' of approximately fourty two steriod tablets, approximately twenty plus blood tests, one bald head and an extra freaking ten kilograms later it suddenly hit home that this was just the blooming beginning and I seriously don't know whether to laugh or scream!!!
So lately the last thing I've wanted to hear is 'oh well it's just about finished' or 'I know of so and so they had cancer but they are fine' because I am not even halfway through my entire cancer treatment and after 169 days from diagnosis one is always coming to terms with the blasted inconvenience of it all.
I'm going back to 'one day at a time' with the full support of my family and friends who I am very very grateful for and taking more chill pills along the way and I know they will be very very grateful that I do!!
Love and peace....S:-)