Cancer survivors relate experiences

2015-06-11 06:01

Rachna Ramdeen, Ranjinee Ramdeen, Trevor Nicholson, André Louw and Jana Jacobs.
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Rachna Ramdeen, Ranjinee Ramdeen, Trevor Nicholson, André Louw and Jana Jacobs. hospice tea

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CANSA Port Shepstone invited cancer survivors to share their stories over tea on Saturday.

The organisation organised survivors to motivate and encourage each other in fighting the disease.

Thobeka Zwane, still on treatment, was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2014 at the age of 21.

Zwane said she has had five treatments and afterwards was told that none has been successful.

“I was diagnosed with cancer last year at the age of 21, which was devastating. At that age every woman gets excited about life and their future. I started experiencing the symptoms and was inquisitive so Googled them and that was when I knew what was wrong with me,” she said.

After finding out Zwane said she was scared to tell her mother who was sick at the time.

“I went to a doctor who told me I have cancer and that I had to start treatment immediately.”

Zwane said one of her goals is to start an organisation similar to Cansa where she can assist young patients with ovarian cancer.

Cancer survivor Johanna Jacobs urged everyone not be afraid of checking themselves for suspicious lumps, for example, and to go for regular mammograms.

Jacobs survived breast cancer and says nothing beats examining yourself.

“I know that everyone says mammograms are painful, especially the thought of having your breast squeezed and presses, but it helps,” she said.

After the talks, survivors enjoyed tea and biscuits courtesy of Cansa

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