May/June 2018 – Youth

June is Youth Month; and no one, anywhere in the world, can forget that haunting photo of Hector Pieterson, taken by recently deceased Sam Nzima. A united youth fighting for education.  

With regards to young women getting breast cancer, we need to see the same united front from family (see Family united) to friends and sufferers. There are emotional challenges for young women specific to diagnosis which psychologist, Dr Johan Ferreira, speaks about in his article. 

We feature international superstar youngster (Chrissy the dragon trainer). Come young SA women with breast cancer, where is your forum and your voice?

Survivorship is critical in young women post diagnosis, as is fertility before treatment and exercise to cope with side effects (trending on the international research front (see Run the world)). 

Read this issue of Buddies For Life because our Super Survivor, “Baby makes her blue jeans talk.” 

We are all different, but we share the same human spirit. And as Stephen Hawking said, “Perhaps it’s human nature that we adapt and survive.”

Your Buddie for Life  

Prof Carol-Ann Benn



Photos by Chantal Drummond Photography  |  info@chantaldphoto.co.za  |  www.chantaldphoto.co.za

Make-up by Kirsten – Make Up Artist


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