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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
A month before completing my second ‘Voet van Afrika’ marathon in October 2002 I discovered a lump…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I was 31 years old when I got cancer.
It was on a Wednesday, 15 December 2004 to be precise, when my life changed …
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.
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.
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.