Kick start your year – Jan/Feb 2016

I love reading; I think that is why this magazine is so dear to my heart. Expanding knowledge should be for all the only New Year’s resolution, because self-knowledge translates to wisdom and helps us understand the good and bad within us – kick out the bad, and kick start the new! As always Gereth’s wise words inspire “your journey is not where you go, it is what you know about yourself.” Dr Seuss agrees: “You have brains in your head, you have feet in your shoes, you can steer yourself any direction you choose.” Magda Rall encourages us to enjoy the moment… (Read Mc Elligot’s Pool). As always the direction gained and changed by the adversity and courage faced by our super survivors – the staff and educators of the Breast Health Foundation. We meet the optimistic and bubbly Lizette Gouws, On the Chemo couch. Each day I am more humbled by the stories I read. I’ve learned there are troubles of more than one kind. Some come from ahead and some from behind… So, tell yourself Duckie, you are really quite lucky… And as Petra says: “Focus on living your life purposefully!” For creating that new you and kicking that New Year’s resolution into reality read Robby Kojetin’s article. Now, my troubles are going to have trouble with me! Vanessa (WOW!) you are proof to all of the power of a strong will, and we simply love you more, even as there is less of you! You told us after your surgery what you would do and indeed you did. Dr Seuss said in an interview, “I still climb Mount Everest just as often as I used to.” To achieve weight loss and health we need to eat more than green eggs and ham, so Sam I am, please check out the Nutritional tips for 2016. “To eat these things, you must exercise great care,” so read about that Sweet Poison from Dr Sumayya. Shout loudly “I am I…” I may not know why, but I do know that Look Good Feel Better has always been my favourite support system through chemo for just doing what they say. Hooray for the shape we are in, for the smartness of different reconstructive options (Dr Potgieter), the options of individual choice. “I am I,” not having reconstruction and how to find that post mastectomy bra. Be proactive give back this  year; unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. (It’s not!) Mike and Liz have donated wigs to the Helen Joseph Hospital unit; Thank you it is often harder to bear no hair, than any other aspect of cancer care. Expand your horizons, read about integrative care, and how oncologists got jobs… Let us this year practice tolerance and accept each individual of different shape inside and out, to do this read with an open and non-judgemental mind.

Click here to read the Jan/Feb 2016 issue