• “When you push off from the dock … we’re all in the same boat. 
    This isn’t about cancer anymore. It’s about exercise and health and the rest of your life. 
    When we push off we’re paddling away from breast cancer.” 

    - Dr. Don McKenzie, Founder, Abreast In A Boat 
  • “Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass. It’s about learning to dance in the rain!” 

    - Vivian Greene 
  • “Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.” 

    - T.H. Thompson & John Watson 
  • “I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. 
    The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.’ 

    - Nelson Mandela 
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Belles Stories

Rayghanah Cassiem

Cancer has changed me for the better. Before cancer I merely existed, after cancer I started living my life.
For me, there is a Higher Power. I have connected with God and I am God conscious each day.

Wendy Scurr

I was first diagnosed in 2003 and again in 2006. I went bald twice as a result of chemotherapy and underwent radiation once. Breast Cancer taught me many things – not least of which, just how important it is to live every moment to the fullest.

Sharon Kidd
Sharon Kidd

After getting divorced in 1999 I took up cycling as I had started a full time job and no longer went to gym 5 days a week.
It was the Wednesday before the 2000 Argus cycle tour, when I went to my GP to get a painkiller for my ankle…

Pam Newby
Pam Newby

I have been deeply involved with dragonboating ever since entering a fun regatta between running clubs in 1995. I have been fortunate to participate in numerous World Championships and Internationals in Europe and the Far East.

Nan White
Nan White

I found out that I had cancer in 1995.
My husband found the lump while feeling frisky one evening, I just knew it was cancer and that I would be fine.

Michele Kruger
Michele Wallis

A month before completing my second ‘Voet van Afrika’ marathon in October 2002 I discovered a lump…

kelee Arrowsmith
Kelee Arrowsmith

I was diagnosed with breast cancer on the 8th of December 2005 and had a lumpectomy on the 22nd of December.
The surgeon also removed 22 nodes from under my arm, 4 of which were cancerous.

Karen Shean
Karen Shean

I have given a lot of thought to this my cancer journey.
It took me a long time before I could even say that word as related to me, I still rather say my illness, or when I was sick.

June Hampshire
June Hampshire

Picture this…..Cape Town, May 2007 – my perfect world……
I shared my life with an adoring (and adored) husband of 20 years and two beautiful cats, one of which had just won the coveted Sacred Cat of Burma Pet of the Year competition.

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Judith Jaars

At the age of 52 years old, in March 2006, I was diagnosed with breast cancer.
I discovered a lump in my right breast and went to visit our GP who could not feel the lump but sent me for a mammogram.

Jenny Heunis
Jenny Heunis

I was 34 when I was diagnosed with breast cancer. The diagnosis almost did not happen.
When I visited the gynaecologist in April 2000 I was told by him that all women my age have lumpy breasts.

Janet Butler

When I was diagnosed in June 2008, I really thought this is it.
I had lost my Mom and sister in 1999/2000 respectively, to cancer and thought – now it is my time.

Eldre Strydom
Eldre Strydom

I was 31 years old when I got cancer.
It was on a Wednesday, 15 December 2004 to be precise, when my life changed …

Eileen van Helden
Eileen van Helden

I’m a molecular biologist in Biomedical Sciences, Stellenbosch University.
We work on finding the genes that make some people more susceptible to tuberculosis – a big problem in the Western Cape.

Adi Wait
Adi Wait

I am not a cancer patient, although I work as medical secretary for GVI Oncology at Vincent Palotti in Pinelands.

When the Amabelles started my mom had just passed away unexpectedly from a brain aneurism.

Lenora Hammond

Hi! My name is Lenora Hammond. I am the mother of four children, am 50 years old and live in Pinelands, Cape Town.
My cancer journey began six months after I had been the donor of one of my kidneys to my son who has chronic renal failure.