Feb-Mar 2022: The language of love

What is on the menu in our fabulous Buddies For Life mag? Love, and food is love. So, let’s get cooking and start the new year with a new recipe for ourselves and the planet. Remember Judith Jones’ quote, “Cooking demands attention, patience, and above all, a respect for the gifts of the earth. 

It’s a form of worship, a way of giving thanks.” I’m a lover of good food but not a great chef and decided to look at what biopsies were on the menu (I love a good menu). 

The five love languages are well worth a read and I agree with Harriet Van Horne, “Cooking is like love. It should be entered into with abandon or not at all.” Just like what to say to patients or what not to say is critical, and reminds me of the quote from Wolfgang Puck, “Cooking is like painting or writing a song. Just as there are only so many notes or colours, there are only so many flavours, it’s how you combine them that sets you apart.

Read about Supplement safety and Bone health in breast cancer patients, and remember the wise words of Bethenny Frankel, “Your diet is a bank account. Good food choices are good investments.” 

Our Super Survivor and On The Chemo Couch gal show us that Thomas Keller’s words are true, “Real cooking is more about following your heart than following recipes” and “A recipe has no soul. You as the cook must bring soul to the recipe.” And we commend you on inspiring us, the medical chef, that try our best. “If you are a chef, no matter how good a chef you are, it’s not good cooking for yourself; the joy is in cooking for others. It’s the same with music.”

Thanks Buddies team for bringing us another super loved-up edition.

Your Buddie For Life
Prof Carol-Ann Benn

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In the Feb-Mar issue of Oncology Buddies we feature Albert Kokota’s story, Family – where love never ends, how his family stood by him once diagnosed with multiple myeloma. The second winners of the Exceptional Nurse competition have been annouced. Congratulations to Sister Sinah Mokale and breast cancer survivor, Lizzy Kodisang. Their energetic love for each other translates beautifully in Ntja – my dog, my buddy. We also look at ovarian cancer with Dr Trudy Smith educating us on the Advances in treating ovarian cancer. Plus, a helpful ovarian cancer patient journey.

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.