Nov/Dec 2019 – Best present of all

Welcome to the last issue of Buddies For Life for 2019. This is the time of presents and giving, as well as thanksgiving. Firstly, a big thanks to the editor and the Word For Word Media team for working tirelessly to ensure high-quality and ‘buddie centred’ reading. Several Winnie the Pooh quotes comes to mind when thinking about this issue. The first one is “A hug is always the right size.”

Next our Super Survivor: what a gift! A present that can’t be taken away, that of love and celebration. All survivors show the rest of us that “You’re braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think.” 

Read about including your families in your cancer journey, life after cancer, and saying no to fad diets. Remember that “The things that make me different are the things that make me, me.” 

What a beautiful gift! What a miracle child! That attention to detail prior to treatment is what we expect from all oncology doctors. “Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart.”

This magazine is about love; get it, give it and support it. And let’s take Winnie the Pooh’s advice: Piglet, “How do you spell ‘love’?” Pooh: “You don’t spell it…you feel it.”

Your Buddie For Life

Prof Carol-Ann Benn


Cover photo by Bianca Wilde Photography  |  Make-Up by Tanita-Lee Makeup Artist

Florist Bouquet & Flower Crown by Bake & Bloom  |  Crowns and headpieces – Magpie Calls

Dress by Renette Short Designs




Walking as a survivor

Doug Potter shares how his wife, Nelmarie, a breast cancer survivor, learnt to walk ‘life’ ...

Say no to fad diets

Dietitian, Annica Rust, educates us on why following fad diets during or after cancer treatment ...

Dr Mariam Seedat – I went into warrior mode within minutes of hearing my diagnosis

Dr Mariam Seedat said her first thoughts about her breast cancer diagnosis were, “I cannot

The best present of all list

Kathryn Malherbe shares some practical present ideas to gift a loved one going through breast ...



Including your family in your cancer journey

Patient navigator, Alice Banze, gives advice on how to include your family in your cancer ...


Pride Rock: let’s go on safari

Prof Carol-Ann Benn discusses the different types of non-predators, benign breast disease, that are not ...


The difference between oedema and lymphoedema

Not differentiating between normal oedema and lymphoedema is a very common mistake that is made ...

Experiencing radiotherapy: what to know

The three most common cancer treatments are surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy. These may be applied

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