Journey of hope: man with breast cancer saddles up

2011-07-20 00:00

TEX Neveling would have never guessed that a sharp pinch in his chest would signal the start of his struggle with breast cancer.

But as fate would have it the engineer from Richards Bay learnt the hard way that breast cancer is not gender-specific.

Neveling is one of 15 survivors who will be taking to the road on Honda motorcycles in this year’s Journey of Hope Breast Cancer Awareness Ride from October 9 to 15.

He is the first male breast cancer survivor to join the Journey of Hope 2011 breast cancer awareness team and hopes to dispel the myth that only women get breast cancer.

“While I was on a fishing trip in March earlier this year I injured my back while loading the boat. During a visit to the chiropractor in April I felt a sharp pinch in my right breast as the doctor applied pressure on my chest. I immediately inspected my breasts to see what the cause was of this strange pain and discovered a lump directly behind the nipple.

“I decided to be macho and not tell my wife until I knew exactly what was going on.”

Shortly afterwards Neveling’s wife was diagnosed with gallbladder failure and was admitted to hospital.

“The week that my wife was scheduled to go for surgery I received the news that I had to have a mastectomy as soon as possible.

“All I could think of was that my family and children were all living in Johannesburg and wondered how to break such awful news to them,” he said.

During a family meeting via Skype, Neveling shared the news.

“It was hard for my family to understand how I could have breast cancer as it was supposed to be a female thing.”

“Yes, breast cancer attacks both males and females, and a lot needs to be done to create awareness that breast cancer is not specific to gender, age or race.

“I have empathy with the women survivors. I am a survivor who has suffered very much but is flowering in God’s garden.

“I was blessed to meet the special group of Journey of Hope ladies with whom I’m privileged to share the same prognosis. What an inspiring group of ladies referred to as ‘survivors’. I salute you all, my chemo-sisters,” he said.

The Journey of Hope is a non-profit organisation that aims to educate people about the importance of early detection and to dispel some of the myths around breast cancer.

Over the seven days in October the group will raise awareness and educate communities about breast cancer while they continue along a personal path of growth and healing by building a supportive community with other people in South Africa.

They will be travelling through Gauteng, Mpumalanga, Limpopo and North West. Several other outreach programmes will take place throughout the year. For more information visit or call

082 840 3633.

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