Having done around the world in two days, sourcing funding for equitable care for breast cancer patients who have no or limited funding available, I spent much time working on planes with a good movie in the background. I’m partial to a good action movie; always humour and absolutely a happy ending. This is why I looked at how oncology treatment has advanced from bombing to super spy drugs in Cancer espionage from bombs to spies.
Our Buddies mag is always filled with fun, facts, and inspirational stories. As Forrest Gump said, “My mama always said life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.” From our Super Survivors who show us that “It is not our abilities that show what we truly are…it is our choices.” – Dumbledore, (Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets), to our regular contributors helping us achieve fitness goals and understanding why there is power in belonging and being part of a loving friendship team. I love the quote, “The greatest thing you will ever learn is just to love and be loved in return.”
My resolution this year comes from the words of William Arthur Ward, “Do more than belong: participate. Do more than care: help. Do more than believe: practice. Do more than be fair: be kind. Do more than forgive: forget. Do more than dream: work.” What’s yours?
Your Buddie For Life
Prof Carol-Ann Benn
ON THE CHEMO COUCH
Welcome to the first issue for 2023; the theme being The power of belonging. We couldn’t have asked for a better Cancer Warrior to start the year off than that of metastatic kidney cancer warrior, Riaan Baatjies; some stories touch you in a deeper way, especially when courage and awareness outweighs the obstacle. Read his story, I belong here and now.
Word For Word Media are pleased to present The 2023 Big C Survivor’s Guide, with the focus being the top five cancers
in South African women and men. We have also included the top five cancers affecting children. To all the survivors, our hope is that this booklet will assist in your journey, no matter how big or small, as long as you know you are not alone; we are here for you, we are oncology buddies.