June-July 2024: The path to innovation

Welcome to another amazing issue of Buddies For Life, themed The path to innovation. Immediately Dorothy’s journey to Emerald City along the yellow brick road springs to mind.

The road of our journey sometimes is full of potholes, and a cancer diagnosis is a bit like, “Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.” We manage particularly with our trusty companions that can help us stay motivated when the road is long, with the words, “Courage, dear heart” going a long way.

When reading Is your doctor listening? remember, “It’s always best to start at the beginning” and do they have heart? The Tin Woodman would say, “I have a heart, for I am a living person.”

There are great articles: All eyes on DCIS, and the new non-chemotherapy targets for cancer: CDKs; what a great innovation!

Oncology has come so far; “The only way to do something in this world is to do it, and you can’t do it by just sitting around talking about it.” Towards reaching Emerald City (and this city is a true gem, not an illusion), “If we walk far enough, we shall sometime come to someplace.”

Our Super Survivor shows us, “Never give up, no matter how hard it gets.” And even when faced with cancer again, the answer is, “All you need is confidence in yourself. There is no living thing that is not afraid when it faces danger. The true courage is in facing danger when you are afraid.”

So, remember, “It is not where you are but who you are with that is important” and to always, “Take the heart. For brains do not make one happy, and happiness is the best thing in the world.”

Your Buddie For Life
Prof Carol-Ann Benn

Cover by Mandy Steenkamp Photography | Follow @mandysteenkampphotography


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The Breast AI system brings hope and equity

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CDKs: the chart-topping hit on the breast cancer playlist

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The nutmeg verdict

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More than everyday nutrition

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The when and why of a vocational assessment

Gabriella Kourie explains when and why a vocational assessment would be needed after cancer treatment. ...

Top ways to deal with stress

Melody Fourie unpacks the reaction stress causes in the body and offers five easy ways ...

Emotions: welcome them and let them leave

Mel Fourie explains the advantage of treating your emotions as house guests by welcoming them ...

Pastor Johnny Challen – What must be, must be

Seven years after treatment, Pastor Johnny Challen was re-diagnosed with the same primary breast cancer ...

Is your doctor listening?

Dr Michelle King expands on good indications that shows your doctor is actively listening to ...

Stuart Cox – Doing it his way

Stuart Cox tells us why he kept his breast cancer diagnosis quiet at first and ...

All eyes on DCIS

Dr Lucienne Van Schalkwyk educates us on the elusive pre-invasive form of breast cancer: ductal ...

What is your golden thread of motivation?

Nadia Booysen elaborates on how to keep your motivation when your cancer journey gets tough and ...

With our theme being The path to innovation, our cover story My second life depicts the success of a drug trial that Des Watkins underwent twenty years ago to treat a gastrointestinal stromal tumour (GIST).

In the 2024 Big C Survivor’s Guide, we focus on preparing for treatment; as we are well aware of the anxiety and overwhelming emotions that come part and parcel with a cancer diagnosis and facing treatment.

Thank you to the great group of healthcare experts who have shared their knowledge from their respected medical fields and much gratitude to the advertisers who have come onboard to support our 2024 Big C Survivor’s Guide booklet.