In the South
Heather Paterson's year has never been so different. After being diagnosed with an incurable cancer she has learnt to live life for every moment, good or bad. It has certainly been a big year for her:
1) What was your personal highlight of 2013?
Being awarded a Queen's Service Medal and being well enough to travel to Wellington to receive it with all of my family there to share such a special occasion.
2) What was your biggest regret?
Not being able to give 100 per cent to all my interests and activities.
3) What was your best purchase of the year?
A pair of amazing boots, the last pair in the store, my size and best of all 85 per cent off!
4) Most embarrassing moment of the year?
When I was on chemotherapy I hooked my wig in a low-hanging branch at my mother's, which sent the wig flinging onto the ground.
5) What made you laugh this year?
The innocence and honesty of my grandchildren.
6) What made you angry this year?
Len Brown not doing the decent thing - resigning.
7) What new skill did you learn?
To value every little moment both good and bad and learn from them.
8) How has your life changed from January 1 to now?
Being told that I had oesophageal cancer which is both incurable and inoperable. The resulting treatment has left me unable to be as active as I was in the past and as the picture shows has led to a whole new look.
9) What's your goal for 2014?
To stay as strong and well for as long as possible and to spend as much time as I can with my family.
10) Tell us a secret . . .
I don't have any - I just have dreams!
- The Southland Times