• “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 » 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. By ten the next morning I had seen my gynae who had taken me by the hand to see a surgeon who immediately did a biopsy. That was a Monday, I heard on Tuesday afternoon that I had cancer and arranged to have a mastectomy on Thursday. That left me one day to organise lifts for my two children to and from school and to buy my poor husband a birthday present. As soon as I could I started to write down my thoughts and the first thing I wrote was to be careful what you wish for as I had always wanted to have a breast reduction. While cancer would not have been my first choice I do now have a lovely chest. I found that humour was my best way of coping with such a huge event in my life. My first thought however the instant I heard “You have got cancer” was to think I am so glad I am not hearing this about my husband or my children. The support of incredible family, friends and doctors is so important and I was extremely blessed to have so many wonderful people around me offering love and care.

Joining the amaBele Belles has been great fun and I am delighted to know such a fantastic group of women. Thanks to you all, to Pam for her passion and care and to the non-cancer paddlers who join us with such dedication, I say thank you. The most important thing I learnt from my cancer experience was to embrace every day as if it were the most important day so far, I just need to remind myself of this every now and then when I forget how much fun life is.