Watch: Auckland woman, 24, with breast cancer films the raw moments of her final chemo session

With a pretty pink scarf on her head and a smile on her face, it's hard to believe a bubbly bright woman like Te Aroha Isaia is going through her sixth round of chemotherapy.

Six rounds of a harsh drug leaves her feeling nauseous and fatigued for a week - and those are just a few of the many side effects caused by the lifesaving, yet debilitating, treatment.

"I'm feeling tired and a little bit nauseous and I have really bad hot flushes…also I have the hot feeling in my nose," Te Aroha said while receiving her final treatment earlier this week.

"Prior to chemo I get quite anxious because I know that when I have my chemo for the next week and a bit I'm usually at home on the couch or in bed with nausea; tired all the time."

Te Aroha never thought she'd hear the words that she had breast cancer at just 24 years old. Source: 1 NEWS

In late October last year, Te Aroha, 24, discovered a lump on her breast.

Just before Christmas, the mother of two was diagnosed with stage three breast cancer and began a series of chemotherapy treatments.

She says the first three rounds of treatment caused her to lose her hair and brought on nausea and fatigue. But the side effects were nothing compared to the ones she's experienced during her final three chemotherapy sessions.

"With my hands I couldn’t even pick up my phone sometimes," she says.

Some of the "quite bad" side effects also included trouble with her bowels and losing function in her legs and hands.

In a video diary, filmed during her last chemotherapy session, Te Aroha detailed the nearly three hour process, including how the chemo drugs were fed through a "portacath" - a long catheter inserted at the top of her breast underneath her skin.

Te Aroha Isaia filmed the side effect of having six rounds of chemotherapy to help fight her breast cancer. Source: 1 NEWS

"Then I get some steroids through the IV line. I then get three red syringes, then two white syringes and then I receive my last lot of drugs in a bag which takes an hour," Te Aroha said.

These syringes containing fluorouracil, epirubicin, and cyclophosphamide are feed into her chest port before she is hooked up to a chemotherapy drip for an hour.

Te Aroha will go on to have a mastectomy in May which is then followed by a series of radiation treatments and then a year on the Herceptin breast cancer drug.

We'll be following her journey here on 1 NEWS NOW and Te Aroha will be providing regular updates.

Te Aroha Isaia filmed a video diary of her last round of chemotherapy treatment before her surgery next month. Source: 1 NEWS



Repairs to earthquake damaged war memorials a 'morale boost' for Kaikoura

War memorials significantly damaged in the Kaikoura earthquake are getting repaired in time for ANZAC Day, which has been described as a "morale boost" for the town. 

The repairs have been made possible due to a lottery grant, which has been made a priority by the council. 

Hurunui District Mayor Winton Dalley told 1 NEWS two cenotaphs were "seriously damaged", one at Spotswoord, as well as one at Waiau. 

"These are two places where we have services on an annual basis and with about ten services around the district in our small communities, ANZAC day is extremely important to bring those communities together," Mr Dalley said. 

Quentin Cassidy, an Irish stonemason in Christchurch for the rebuild, is committed to the challenge of repairing the memorials. 

"I found the memorial in several different pieces, the main ball was lying maybe 20 metres away from the main structure and then there was a plague with inscriptions of the names on it and it was broke and cracked and damaged," Mr Cassidy said. 

"More stones have shifted so have to get it back into place, reinforce with steel and steps which are stone not concrete like here so it's having to source the stone as well."

Sue Galletly from the Waiau Citizens Association says the repairs "is a start and good morale booster".

"We have sustained huge damage from this earthquake and we are hoping we can repair our infrastructure and our township and our farms and businesses to something perhaps a bit better," she said. 

It’s a morale booster for the local Hurunui community facing a long road to recovery. Source: 1 NEWS

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State house tenant faces eviction for letting nine homeless friends stay with her

A woman living in a state house faces eviction for letting nine other people live with her - but she says if she didn't help them, they would be homeless.

Pauline Goodwin is living in the carport so her family and friends can live in the house.

"I'm not going to have children out on the street, that's not fair," she says.

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"They need a place to call home, they need stability, you know?

"The real thing I'm really scared of is if they go out on the street then CYFS will step in and take their children off them."

Ms Goodwin is meant to live with just one other person, and Housing New Zealand has told her the rest have to go.

She admits she knows she is breaking the rules, but her guests say she is a God-send.

"She's actually a saint to be honest because if it wasn't for her, we wouldn't have nowhere to live - we'd all either be in refuges or on the streets with our kids," one says.

Housing New Zealand has said in a statement that: "It is not safe or healthy or appropriate for them to be there", as well as suggesting that those who need accommodation should contact the Ministry of Social Development.

Ms Goodwin is left wondering why that same ministry can't help to find homes for those under her roof.

"What can they do to help these people? Why are we in this situation?"

She says if she doesn’t help her friends, they’ll be homeless. Source: 1 NEWS