Feb/Mar 2021 – courage is contagious

Welcome to a new year and new decade, Buddies. My theme like the mag’s is Courage is contagious. “Courage is grace under pressure.” Napoleon, that historic leader who was short with a big attitude and a family history of stomach cancer, said “Courage isn’t having the strength to go on, but it is going on when you don’t have the strength. 

Does that not epitomise all our cancer patients, particularly those that have gone through chemo during a pandemic? We salute you! 

That five letter word: COVID. It has changed so much in our lives including how we exercise (read The effects COVID has on exercise), and no new year should start without a healthy self-love reboot which includes exercise.

The new year is about understanding that it’s okay to start over. It’s okay to rebuild. 

It’s okay to be scared. Remember, “Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is that quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow’. 

On that note, especially in these times, read The importance of a good cry. “You have within you right now, everything to deal with whatever the world can throw at you.”

Remember, you are a hero. “A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.”

To those frontline workers, particularly those managing our patients: “Courage doesn’t mean you don’t get afraid; courage means you don’t let fear stop you.

Your Buddie For Life
Prof Carol-Ann Benn

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The effects COVID has on exercise

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The link between cancer, metabolism and weight

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Labyrinth – the long walk to inner freedom

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Vaccines: what are they and how do they work?

Immunologist, Liezl Heyman, helps us understand what vaccines are and how they work. Immunologic memory ...

Renée Singh – Wearing my survivor’s crown with pride

Mother of three, Renée Singh, tells us how she earned her breast cancer survivor’s crown.

Dedication in the purest form

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The importance of a good cry

Crying is the body’s natural way to relieve stress and keep you healthy. Liezl Heyman explains ...

Facing the unpredictable

We asked two healthcare professionals, René Botha and Kyara Bergstrom, to share their thoughts on ...


Reflexology: detoxification of chemotherapy

Nicolette Da Costa-Schmidt explains how reflexology may assist in the  detoxification of chemotherapy to help ...

Treatment of neutropenia

Dr Sarita Retief helps us understand what neutropenia is, how chemotherapy causes it and the ...

You and your breasts

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