Kate worked as a charge nurse manager at an Auckland hospital. In August 1995, she had tests carried out by her doctor as she had not been feeling right for a while. The tests indicated that Kate had endometrial cancer. Surgery followed, leaving Kate unable to work for six weeks. She returned to work for a short period of time but then had to take a further week off to recover from follow-up radiotherapy.
Kate had Trauma Cover and a claim was made through her financial adviser and she promptly received a lump sum of $20,000. This was used to fund an overseas trip with her children.
Kate is currently in good health and having regular check ups to ensure that all the cancer has been removed. She is concentrating on maintaining a more relaxed lifestyle.