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Write on our Wall – July 2018

CANSA would like to know what your concerns and point of view are. Do you have something you would like to share? Do so in the comment box below. Please note that these comments will be public, should they be approved, or you will receive a response via email.


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  • Lovemore Matlhodi Sewela says:

    We need a new face of Cancer Survivor. Faces that are healthy, happy and thriving. Faces that give people hope and encouragement. Faces we can look to in our darkest hour and see them living – not dying. I want to be one of those faces. I want to inspire people to live their best lives no matter what!
    I tested positive for breast cancer when I was 48 years old it was in August 2015. My diagnosis hit me hard, I did not want to know. I did not want to be known. I wanted to hide, I didn’t see a point in studying or planning for the future that I knew I could never have. Every story I saw, everything I heard told me that the monster of cancer was coming to get me.
    That was 3 years ago, and I am still here. I have never been sick. I get minor ailments like everyone else and life can be hard, but I am still standing. I am a proud mother of two beautiful children. ( Ofentse & Kgosi) I have a good job that I love and family and friends who care for me. Over and above all this God’s love and mercy has sustained me.
    I don’t want to be a data point any more, I feel like I have something unique to add. I have lost many people that were close to me. It took me back to 2015 when I was afraid of the death sentence I’d just been given. I believe it is this hopelessness and fear that cause new patients to hide from the disease especially in the black community. They do not want to know; they do not want to be known.
    I want to give hope to all the people who are struggling to come to term with their cancer status. Show them a face of a woman that is happy and healthy and full of life. An honest face because sometimes life is hard, everyone’s life can be hard. I want people to know that cancer is not the scary monster it once was. It can be managed one day at a time. And if it will help, I will be a new face of CANCER SURVIVOR.


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