Getting active against breast cancer – Sept/Oct 2017

Writing this on the eve of Heritage Day, it seems correct to focus on this proudly South African initiative – Buddies For Life magazine; that is now being read in other countries.

Our Super Survivors inspire me and will get you exercising, and in the words of our great Madiba they show “There is no passion to be found in playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one  you are capable of living.”

I agree with Mangosuthu Buthelezi’s notion, when I see the effort the contributors put in, that “South Africa is blessed to have women and men like yourselves who have little to give but give what you have with open hands and open hearts.”

The articles Predicting the future and Preserving your future family reminds me of Desmond Tutu’s quote, “Your ordinary acts of love and hope point to the extraordinary promise that every human life is of inestimable value.”

When I wrote on cancer fear, I was reminded of Breyten Breytenbach’s words, “In dancing with the enemy one follows his steps even if counting under one’s breath.”

It’s so difficult to face a cancer diagnosis so let’s end with theses quotes: “When time and space and change converge, we find place. We arrive in Place when we resolve things. Place is peace of mind and understanding. Place is knowledge of self. Place is resolution.”- Abdullah Ibrahim

“There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.” – Nelson Mandela

Your Buddie for Life  

Prof Carol-Ann Benn

Cover by Chantal Drummond Photography |

Thank you to Virgin Active Roodepoort for the use of their facilities.