You can’t do this journey on your own

“Talking about my cancer helped me to be in a better state of mind and to move on with my healing,” says Beryl Arries who is a 10 year cancer survivor

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I’m not a pink person but I’m wearing pink every day for October

“You can’t ask for better treatment than you get from Groote Schuur. They were fantastic,” says Laurine Viljoen, whose cancer has been in remission for four years now.

“When you hear the word cancer, you think ‘yay, I’m going to be thin!’ But no. I picked up 30kg!” she says.

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Breast cancer is not just the lump

Lesley Collopy’s breast cancer was diagnosed on her son’s birthday, eight months ago.

“When you hear your doctor say it is cancer, your whole world implodes. Breast cancer is not just the lump. Not enough support is given to the husbands or children of people with breast cancer. And it is difficult because I don’t think they know how to react around you.”

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It is amazing what you can do when you don’t have a choice

“I may have inherited breast cancer, but I also got the gene to overcome it,” says Kate Squire-Howe, a five year survivor of breast cancer. “A cancer diagnosis is a life changing experience. Growing old is not something that is guaranteed. I decided to live the life that I want to live right now.”

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Cancer changed my whole life

After her cancer diagnosis Roselind Ludolph stayed in bed for ten days because she couldn’t cope with what the doctors had told her. Then, at 3.30am one morning, she heard her mother praying for her and she decided to stand up and face the future. As it turned out, her lump was very small and her breast was not removed. Now she says “that cancer wanted me to just stay in that bed. But I said NO! There is life and hope after cancer.”

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Breasts don’t make the woman

Another great video from the ‘What’s Underneath Project’, this time from breast cancer warrior, Gail Chovan.

There may be a couple of words that would offend some of our readers, but we think that what she has to say is more important than a few harsh words.

More questions than answers

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