Amazing mother recalled

19:06, Dec 19 2012

A woman who took a trip to China in an attempt to find a cure for breast cancer has died.

More than 500 mourners packed St Mary's on Tuesday to pay their last respects to New Plymouth mother Lana Tipene.

Mrs Tipene had gone to China for alternative treatment in an attempt to beat the cancer.

The trips had been worth it, husband Aaron said.

Mr Tipene said the support the couple had received from the Taranaki community had been overwhelming.

"It's been really amazing. Especially in the last month with people dropping off food. A lot [of the people] we didn't know."


The couple, who were together for 16 years, had made some things for Mrs Tipene to leave for their three daughters, he said.

"She never gave up right to the end. She was so stubborn and determined that she was going to get through."

Mrs Tipene was great person and had many friends, he said.

"She was a very positive person in everything she did. Bloody tough, courageous, determined - all those words. She had three kids and was really fighting for them."

Mrs Tipene told her story to the Taranaki Daily News in July because she wanted people to be aware that there are things that can be done if a woman finds a lump while she is pregnant. There is no need to wait until the baby is born like she did. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in March 2010 just after giving birth.

Taranaki Daily News