Apr-May 2022: Choose a healthier you

Welcome to another wonderful issue. To quote CS Lewis, “The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles but to irrigate deserts.” Hence, this is why this magazine is so important. Pass it on to someone so they can learn about cancer, even if they feel it’s not relevant to them.

When I read our Super Survivor stories (we have an Iron Man on the cover), I’m always reminded that “Miracles are a retelling in small letters of the very same story which is written across the whole world in letters too large for some of us to see.”

Read about bone health, food safety and how to stop those bad habits now because “The future is something which everyone reaches at the rate of 60 minutes an hour, whatever he does, whoever he is.”

I had such fun writing about The A-Team (multi-disciplinary teams) that ensure your health safety. Bringing to mind another great thought from CS Lewis, “A pleasure is not full grown until it is remembered.” And when I look at 25 years of breast cancer treatment and see how much allied care and exercise post treatment plays such a fundamental role in healing, I realise “It’s funny how day by day nothing changes, but when you look back, everything is different. Reality is not neat, not obvious, not what you expect.” 

So, share these stories and become a buddy because “There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.”

Your Buddie For Life
Prof Carol-Ann Benn

Photos by LuciaB Photography | Facebook @luciabphoto

Venue: Thank you to Jaqui Nel for the use of her garden.


Super Survivor

My body might have cancer in it, but my soul doesn’t

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Food safety tips during your cancer journey

Food safety is always a matter of importance. However, it’s especially important for immunocompromised cancer patients ...

Acudetox for post-cancer treatment detoxification

Fiona Hardie explains the origin of Acudetox and the many benefits it has. Oncology treatments, together with ...


Positively negative

Social worker and breast cancer survivor, Lara Noik, shares her stance on what being positive ...

Time to be the best quitter

The best time to quit smoking was years ago, but the next best day is ...

Exercise post-surgery and radiation guidelines

Physical exercise can positively impact your social, psychological and vocational functioning. Gabriella Kourie advises on ...

The reality of inflammatory breast cancer in the public health sector

Despite the ongoing struggles of attaining cancer care in the public health sector, Jennifer Blowers ...

Inflammatory breast cancer

Inflammatory breast cancer is the most aggressive form of breast cancer. Fortunately, it’s a rare ...


Breast Health Foundation welcomes Malebo Kotsokoane The Breast Health Foundation welcomes breast cancer survivor, Malebo ...


The A-Team

Professor Carol-Ann Benn explains why you don’t start your breast cancer mission until your personalised ...

Managing chronic pain in cancer survivors

Dr Michelle King gives beneficial advice on how to avoid chronic pain once diagnosed with cancer. ...

Healthy bones and a happy body

Preservation of bone health is a body function that breast cancer patients can actively take ...

In the Apr-May issue of Oncology Buddies Lincoln Chipembere, a testicular cancer survivor, shares his story with us. Read how he, with the extraordinary support from his fiancé, has navigated his way through his recent diagnosis in Making every shot count.
Wendy Vermaak’s article Defining fitness and physical activity levels is so interesting and gives insight on how to measure your levels. While oncology pharmacist, Lailaa Cajee, educates us on Drug safety in the home which in turn also contributes to a healthier you.

Word For Word Media are proud to present a new navigational concept, The 2022 Big Survivor’s Guide, to assist you, the patient, through the strenuous times and guide you through all the humps and bumps and prepare you with the many questions you need answered. Let’s walk and talk through diagnosis, treatment and survivorship.