• “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 

Women’s Day catch up surgery

This extract by was part of a centre spread article (viewable at the end of this page) with Dr Liana Roodt, a medical officer in the Department of General Surgery at the GF Jooste Hospital, and founder member of the Cape Town Breast Cancer Project, published on Tuesday 9 October 2012 in the Voice! The article featured two of our team members, Merlin Osborne and Lewina Rowland.

A Disease of the Mind and Body.

Breast Cancer is a disease that has an intense physical impact on women: Physically, mentally and emotionally.
It is my firm belief that cancer can only truly be fought with success if we address it on all these levels.
The Cape Town Breast Cancer Project has been set up by Dr Lydia Cairncross and me, as well as other doctors in the public health sector who share a similar point of view with regards to disease and wellbeing – aiming for improved patient care within the public health sector.
The Groote schuur Breast Unit provides an open service to the massive and expanding greater Cape Town area with patients coming from as far as St Helena Bay on the West Coast.
Despite very limited staff, the unit runs a very successful breast clinic every Friday where more than a hundred patients are seen and assessed by international diafnostic standards.
Project Flamingo works very closely with the amaBele Belles – a team of dragon boat breast cancer survivors who also provide “buddies” to support the patients during their treatment

A major concern is that there is currently no physiological support available for our breast cancer patients (or for any of our oncology patients for that matter). I am of the opinion that this is of critical importance: Disease is ultimately a battlefield of the mind and we are finally also starting to recognise the importance of the body-mind connection in western medicine.
We do not address disease properly unless we take the time and make the effort to ask the right questions – the disease process involves far more than genetics, physiology, anatomy and bad luck.
More and more reliable scientific research points to the fact that a significant part of disease is physical manifestation of what is going on in the rest of our lives on a deeper psychological level.
Viewing life-threatening disease and, more importantly, treating life-threatening disease with this in mind, asks for radical changs to be made in an already challenged public health system.
I hope and believe that we will, by addressing all of the above-mentioned obstacle, get to a place where each and every patient is treated in a truly holistic fashion.
The need is massive and there is a lot of work to be done… but we tackle this firmly believing that change is possible.
This is the spirit of Hope Etemba Lomoya.

The entire article is reproduced below. Click the image for a larger (more readable) version.

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