Joyce: ‘‘Cancer can be overcome”

2018-10-25 06:01
Cancer survivor Joyce Mayisela at the breast cancer awareness event in Mfuleni.   PHOTO: SIYABONGA KALIPA

Cancer survivor Joyce Mayisela at the breast cancer awareness event in Mfuleni. PHOTO: SIYABONGA KALIPA

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Scores of young and old women converged on the offices of Afrika Tikkun in Mfuleni to learn more about the dangers of cancer.

The organisation, which provides health care to the community, held a breast cancer awareness event to empower women and to reduce the scourge.

To kick start the proceedings, a candle was lit in respect of cancer survivors and those who have succumbed to the disease.

Joyce Mayisela(59), a survivor, told the gathering how she fought the disease. She said she had surgical cancer and was diagnosed in May last year.

“I went for a pep smear and the doctors detected something and referred me to Tygerberg Hospital, which is where I was diagnosed with cancer,” she said.

Mayisela said since her parents and her grandmother were all diagnosed with cancer, it came as no surprise when she was diagnosed with the same disease.

However, she said she vowed not to let the disease determine her future.

“I told myself that I was going to fight the disease and instead of going to traditional healers for help, I went to see professional doctors,” she said.

Mayisela said that decision saved her life, as today she is cancer free and is calling on other women and people with cancer to be positive. She said people living with cancer should not think it is the end of the world, encouraging others to get tested too.

Ncomeka Shumani(22), said it was important for such events to be organised in society.

“These type of events help us to know how to deal with certain things and where to get help,” she said.

She added that there are stereotypes in the community about people living with cancer, which made it hard for others to come out.

Afrika Tikkun’s Shirley Tshwale said it is important for young people and the community to be aware of cancer, that was why they create awareness in communities.

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