Row, Row, Row Your Boat!

Cassiem Rayghanah” ~ by Tracey Derrick
50 years old | Liaison specialist | Heideveld

 

Diagnosed: 5th August 2005 – lumpectomy, chemotherapy, radiation & tamoxifen for five years.
Second diagnosis: 15th June 2009 – cancer lesion in breastbone. Radiation, chemotherapy and femara estrogen suppression. Liaison specialist. Heideveld.
Member of amaBele Belles breast cancer dragon boat rowing team!

“We like to think of ourselves as a floating support group because we’re fighting a communal battle with dignity and commitment.” 2009

 

Tracey Derrick: portraits of breast cancer survivors - Cassiem Rayghana

From Tracey’s 1 in 9 seminar paper, continued from yesterday’s post:

“I agree with his [Richard Avedon] sentiments but it is also about directing the photographic situation and the challenge is still to try and capture a moment, the communication between myself – the photographer – and the subject. As Kuhn says, “The face stands in for the person’s whole being, the subject’s essential humanity is seen as inhabiting the face, the ‘window of the soul’.” (1994:37).

Photographs function in constructing and encouraging particular ways of viewing and telling about the world. The photographs of breast cancer survivors – Alicia and Suzanne (above), Cassiem and Siona (not shown) – are woman that I have met during my breast cancer process. My projects have always developed over a period of time, influenced by the people that I have met along the way and interacted with. These photographs reflect in part my relationship with them.”


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It has been a good journey!

Merlin Osborne – a survivor for eight years – says that running keeps her sane – including running away from negativity!

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August 2015’s POW-WOW: Policy Production Progress

“The test of our PROGRESS 

is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much;

it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.”  

 

~ Franklin D. Roosevelt

 

Nestled alongside Mowbray’s Main Road, whooshed past by hustling taxis, bicycling students and colourful Capetonian pedestrians, CANSA‘s Cape Town headquarters houses a passionate team of people who’ve made it their mission to research cancer causes and treatments, educate South Africans about cancer – and provide invaluably expert and heartfelt support to those affected by cancer. And on Wednesday, this matronly old building was host to a boisterously excited group of ABC representatives who were meeting to discuss the group’s most recent efforts and subsequent successes, as well as develop their ongoing goal-driven strategy  → lobbying government to create and implement an equitable breast health policy for all South Africans.

ABC - Advocates for Breast Cancer - Team
Unfortunately not all of our determined damsels were able to be at the meeting — but fortunately, it was because they were so busy making a difference!

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” ~Helen Keller 

 

In case you’ve just arrived to join us on this tremendous project, are members are featured below! We’re proud to welcome Wings of Hope  to our flock!

(Click on their logo to visit their website – and read more here!)

Advocates for Breast Cancer - Wings of Hope NGO

ABC - Advocates for Breast Cancer - Reach for Recovery

ABC - Advocates for Breast Cancer - Project Flamingo - amaBele Belles

ABC - Advocates for Breast Cancer - CANSA

http://www.plwc.org.za/

ABC - Advocates for Breast Cancer - Breast Health Foundation

ABC - Advocates for Breast Cancer - Breast Course 4 Nurses

ABC - Advocates for Breast Cancer - Pink Drive

amaBele Belles head for Malaysia

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The amaBele Belles are travelling Malaysia to take part in the Malaysian International Dragon Boat Championship and IDBF Cancer Survivors Championship 2014.

Twelve paddlers are going, and they range from paddlers who have been in the team for eight years, to relative newcomers to the sport who joined less than six months ago.

Most came to paddling through our brush with breast cancer, and would not have thought of joining the sport otherwise, but now thoroughly enjoy the paddling, the exercise, the camaraderie on the boat and the fun we have. When we need a support group, the Belles are there.  Paddling is both cardio and strength training, and all in the fresh air, with a view of Table Mountain. 

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