Multicultural – May/June 2017

I am writing this on Africa Day (25 May) and the eve of the start of Ramadan (26 May), not on a plane but on terra firma. What better way to celebrate life and faith? Our rainbow nation needs to see the rainbow, not chase the elusive pot of gold.

Our Super Survivors show that although we come from different faiths and cultural backgrounds, cancer is not racist and affects all, from adults to children (read Walking the walk with children). It has touched and changed our lives.

Our navigator (Krupa) talks about cultural acceptance and Dr Geness about working with women in the CBD of Johannesburg. Sam Cowen, good friend and dynamically outspoken life changer, writes a memoir of her mother.

As always, we have exciting medical articles about new trends, treatments and most importantly, about survivorship(Dr Kriel is passionate about life after diagnosis).

The rainbow is seen after the storm, and a cancer diagnosis can be that storm but as the eloquent Rev.Doctor Edwards puts it to us: every cloud has a silver lining. And, as you look, you can see the many colours of the rainbow.

The Art of War quote from Sun Tzu, “There are not more than five musical notes, yet the combinations of these five give rise to more melodies than can ever be heard. There are not more than five primary colours, yet in combination they produce more hues than can ever been seen. There are not more than five cardinal tastes, yet combinations of them yield more flavours than can ever be tasted”, and the saying from Muslim origin, “A lot of different flowers make a bouquet” show that together we can beat this disease, and remember that diversity creates beauty.

Your Buddie for Life  

Prof Carol-Ann Benn

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