Mary fights each day

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By AN­DREA O’NEIL

Ten weeks af­ter sur­viv­ing a lifethreat­en­ing stomach op­er­a­tion, life is still a strug­gle for As­cot Park woman Mary Humphreys.

North Porirua Bap­tist Church Mainly Mu­sic leader Mary, 52, has been at home for six weeks re­cov­er­ing from her May 8 bowel surgery. She is still in pain and longs to be able to shop, ex­er­cise and visit friends.

‘‘It’s been a hell of a jour­ney,’’ she says. ‘‘I have never ever had to fight this hard. In the hospi­tal they pre­pared me for dy­ing, not for liv­ing, and get­ting out and liv­ing has been huge.’’

To add to her strug­gle, hus­band Dave has been made re­dun­dant from the print­ing job he has held for 32 years.

Fam­ily and community sup­port have got her through the dark times. More than 200 church­go­ers and friends banded to­gether in May to form an ‘‘Amaz­ing Mary Fundrais­ing Group’’, which raised about $ 7000 to fly Mary’s daugh­ters and her grand­son from Aus­tralia for her surgery.

‘‘It still touches my heart ev­ery day, what peo­ple have done for me. I could never re­pay it.’’

Life is still a day-to-day fight but Mary is get­ting stronger ev­ery day, she says. ‘‘I just want to get back out there and see ev­ery­one again, that’s my goal.’’

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