Feb-Mar 2024: Step it up and shine

Welcome to another year of the amazing Buddies For Life. Many people go into re-evaluation at the start of the year which reminds me of the quote by Nido Qubein, “Your present circumstances don’t determine where you can go; they merely determine where you start.” This is so true of our remarkable Super Survivor, Amelia Mbungwana; good words for her to remember are that of Audrey Hepburn, “Nothing is impossible. The word itself says I’m possible.”

We look at ways to get better sleep (I’ll be reading this as I’m an insomniac of note), breathwork and healthy no heat lunches. As the father of medicine Hippocrates so aptly said, “If we could give every individual the right amount of nourishment and exercise, not too little and too much, we would have found the safest way to health.” And, I 100% agree with Mahatma Gandhi’s thinking, “It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.”

But let’s be frank, it’s not easy to be disciplined and reach goals so thanks Buddies for the encouragement and let’s live out Jim Rohn’s words, “Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.” 

I looked at the difficult quest of prehabilitation and have taken to heart the wise expression of Lee Haney, “Exercise to stimulate, not to annihilate. The world wasn’t formed in a day, and neither were we. Set small goals and build upon them.”

So, remember what Denis Waitley said, “Time and health are two precious assets that we don’t recognise and appreciate until they have been depleted” and what Louis Sachar said, “It’s better to make many small steps in the right direction than to make a great leap forward only to stumble backward.”

Your Buddie For Life
Prof Carol-Ann Benn

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Never have we felt so good about the start of a year and we love how our theme Step up and shine epitomises our goal for the year ahead. We trust all of you (our readers) will join in and make this the year to shine. Samantha Edwards kick-starts by sharing how she is Shining through adversity when she was faced with an unexpected journey with colon cancer (March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month).

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.