June/July 2021 – Money Matters

Welcome to another exciting edition of Buddies. Now that we have passed 50 editions, we have become a classic and just like Dory in Finding Nemo, we are all learning to ‘just keep swimming’. Be this in managing our finances, our health, or just our day-to-day life.

This useful and informative magazine is filled with a wonderful assortment of articles from financial help to fund raising, from healthy eating to Super Survivor encouragement. To quote Forrest Gump, “Mamma always said life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get” but here you will always get a sweet surprise.

Read about breast cancer in The Golden Girls. And, remember as Winston Churchill said, “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” So, give forward a Buddies mag and as we continue to navigate this scary new world we are living in, trying to figure out a new normal, always remember the wise words from Cinderella, “Have courage, and be kind!”

Your Buddie For Life
Prof Carol-Ann Benn

Cover photo by Chantal Drummond Photography | chantaldphoto.co.za

In this issue

Super Survivor

Gwendolyn Themba – From private to public

Gwendolyn Themba tells us how she went from being a private hospital patient to a public hospital patient due ...


Boosting your immune system: is it even possible?

Immunologist, Liezl Heyman, sets the facts straight around boosting your immune system. You walk into ...

Tips to prepare healthy meals on a budget

There is a common misconception that eating healthily is always expensive. Here are a few ...

Karin Robertson – 36 years of service

We chat to Karin Robertson, the pharmacist in charge of the oncology pharmacy at Charlotte ...


Do you understand your oncology benefit?

René Botha outlines the most important things you need to know about your oncology benefit. ...

Practical tips to fundraise

Fundraising is a daunting task for most people yet once you put your mind to it, it’s ...

Financial toxicity and patient advocacy

Gillian Bruce shares a summarised version of her case management post qualification research paper Financial ...

Make use of your medical aid broker

Breast cancer survivor and medical aid broker, Joanne Stroebel, shares what needs to happen with ...


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Breast cancer in the Golden Girls

Prof Carol-Ann Benn discusses the treatment options for breast cancer in older women aka the Golden ...

Online Features

Nutritional support during cancer treatment

We learn how nutritional support can help manage side effects during cancer treatment. A cancer ...

Word For Word Media, the publishers of Buddies For Life and Oncology Buddies, present the 2021 BIG C SURVIVOR’S GUIDE.

Your annual comprehensive directory of all the information that you, the patient and/or family, seek out. It is the only of its kind in South Africa.

Click on the cover to view the latest issue of Oncology Buddies and the 2021 edition of the Big C Survivor’s Guide.