Aug-Sept 2022: Rising Strong

Welcome to the August-September issue of Buddies For Life. August is the month to celebrate women; remember this was when women of our country proved Kasia Gospoś’ saying true, “Amazing things happen when women help other women”, and that “A strong woman stands up for herself. A stronger woman stands up for everybody else.”

Thanks Ronwyn for addressing that all-important topic of oncofertility; all young cancer patients should have this discussion with their treating team. As Diane Mariechild said, “A woman is the full circle. Within her is the power to create, nurture and transform.”

Our Super Survivor is the epitome of Atticus’ quote, “She was powerful not because she wasn’t scared but because she went on so strongly, despite the fear.” 

I so recognise in this important month when I see breast cancer in women of all ages Mark Anthony’s quote, “And one day she discovered that she was fierce, and strong, and full of fire, and that not even she could hold herself back because her passion burned brighter than her fears.”

I looked at innovations, trials and the future of how medicine is changing and as Amy Tenneyo said, “The world needs strong women. Women who will lift and build others, who will love and be loved, women who live bravely, both tender and fierce, women of indomitable will.” 

So, let’s do what Maya Angelou said, “Each time a woman stands up for herself, she stands up for all women” and stand up for ourselves and for other women and men.

Your Buddie For Life
Prof Carol-Ann Benn

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Super Survivor

Lebogang Mthembu – Searching for the light

Lebogang Mthembu candidly speaks about her mental health struggles after being diagnosed with breast cancer at the tender age ...


Different plant-based diets

More people are opting for plant-based diets due to ethical, environmental and health reasons. Dietitian, ...

Better bone health equals higher effort

Biokineticist, Wendy Vermaak, explains why higher effort in certain exercises increases bone health. Our bones ...


Celebrating survivors, honouring fighters

The Brave Bag Foundation hosted their first annual fundraising gala dinner in June at The ...

Depression and anxiety in cancer care

Dr Kerry-Ann Louw informs us of the likelihood of depression and anxiety in cancer care. ...

Conversations about fertility in young breast cancer patients

Dr Ronwyn van Eeden clarifies the conversations oncologists should be having with young breast cancer ...

What to expect during your first mammogram

Kerry-Lynne Marais, a senior mammographer, takes us step-by-step through the procedure of a mammogram. Going ...


Dealing with cancer as a young adult

Gabriella Kourie, a young adult cancer survivor, shares tips and advice for younger patients diagnosed ...


Breast cancer surgery options in young women

Very often, the decision about what breast cancer surgery to have is driven by fear. As ...

Innovations in oncology

Prof Carol-Ann Benn talks us through the innovations in oncology that now offer breast cancer ...


Genetic testing options for breast and ovarian cancer

What testing options are available in South Africa? Technical advances in the field of genomics have ...

The importance of sound nutrition after a cancer diagnosis

Dietitian, Berna Harmse, educates us on nutritional status and the outcome of cancer, and offers ...

The theme for the Aug-Sept issue of Oncology Buddies is Rising Strong with a focus on young adults with cancer. 

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