Oct/Nov 2021 – Seeing magic in the mess

It was Benjamin Franklin who said, “Energy and persistence conquer all things.” What better quote to start with. Us peeps, all over the world, have shown this during the pandemic that has changed the world. This is no different from how our amazing cancer warriors embrace each day. Our Super Survivor, Marlene Wilson, is one of my all-time favourite ladies. She has inspired me from the first day I met her (many, many years ago). 

She epitomises Lou Holtz’s quote, “Show me someone who has done something worthwhile, and I’ll show you someone who has overcome adversity.” I don’t want to be a ‘spoiler-alert’ but read her story! 

I’m so pleased that we are discussing not to start with surgery when diagnosing The cancer crab. Read What to do while waiting for your results and remember the words of Coleman Young, “Courage is one step ahead of fear.”

And as my middle-age middle contemplates oestrogen (Read The relationship between weight and oestrogen in women) I will head for a swim and think like Michael Phelps, “There will be obstacles. There will be doubters. There will be mistakes. But with hard work, there are no limits.”

So, as we all stumble/walk or jog through our days, remember the true words of Ana Claudia Antunes, “Life keeps throwing me stones. And I keep finding the diamonds” and Bernadette Devlin, “Yesterday I dared to struggle, today I dare to win.” 

Your Buddie For Life
Prof Carol-Ann Benn

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Super Survivor

Marlene Wilson – Nothing is impossible

Marlene Wilson talks about going completely blind in her forties, getting breast cancer in her sixties, ...


The relationship between weight and oestrogen in women

Annica Rust expands on the role of oestrogen and the important part it plays in ...

Diane Murray – From cancer to cold water

Diane Murray shares how she found the magic in the mess when sitting with her ...

Hernuvin Concept Salon

The Hernuvin Concept Salon opened this June at the Breast Care Centre of Excellence, Netcare Milpark Hospital.


What is palliative care and when do you need it?

Dr Michelle King highlights that palliative care should start from the time you are diagnosed ...

The different types of breast biopsies

Dr Peter Schoub, a radiologist, explains why different types of breast biopsies are used. A ...

Factors that modify breast cancer risk in women

Cancer prevention is action taken to lower the chance of getting cancer. Dr Nirasha Chiranjan lists the ...

Assistive devices to ease breast cancer treatment

There are many different assistive devices available to promote independence and improve all areas of ...

The difference between locally advanced and metastatic breast cancer

René Botha outlines the different types of breast cancer, highlighting locally advanced and metastatic breast ...

What to do while waiting for your results

Waiting for your diagnosis can cause emotional anguish. Dr Michelle King offers simple ways to ...


The cancer crab

It can take many years for a damaged cell to divide, grow and form a ...

Online Features

Nutritional support during cancer treatment

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

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