Fighting breast cancer

2017-10-18 06:02
Mandy Lottering.

Mandy Lottering.

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“I HAVE always been aware that at some stage I would be diagnosed with cancer, because many people on my mother and father’s side has, or had, cancer.”

Mandy Lottering (43) from Hayfields knew that she would also have to fight cancer and after being diagnosed with stage three breast cancer last month, she now has to raise R120 000 for her operation in November.

Speaking to Maritzburg Fever, the mother of two said her journey with cancer started with a severe pain in her left breast and she went for medical help.

“It felt like someone had punched me. When I went to the doctor they found a cyst and when I had more tests done they found one big tumour and three small ones.

“Although I was shocked when they told me I have cancer, I wasn’t surprised because I knew I was going to get it sooner or later.”

Lottering got the news by phone while she was busy with a client - she is the owner of the Cutting Crew hair salon in Hayfields.

“When the doctor said he could not tell me over the phone, that I had to go and see him, I insisted he tell me because I was busy and ‘couldn’t go to him’.

“When he told me the bad news I took a small break from doing my client’s hair, but I returned to finish her a few minutes later­.

“I accepted the news quickly. I accepted it the minute the doctor told me.

“I realised I couldn’t be afraid of cancer because if I am afraid of something then I won’t be able to conquer it, and what comes next [the operation].

“Accepting the results from the start helped me because the next few days I was thinking about the way forward since we don’t have medical aid, and my doctor told me I have to have an operation within two months.”

She said after the diagnosis she tried not to change anything and still runs her salon.

“I am a mother, a businesswoman and a wife. I cannot change who I am because of cancer. I have cancer, but I am not my cancer, I am me. Despite my fear I will make it through.

“Since the news broke the support I have received from my husband, family, neighbours and clients is amazing. I even get messages day and night from people some of whom I don’t know.”

Husband Juan told Maritzburg Fever they are grateful for the support they have received.

“Mandy is someone who always wants to help people and not brag about it. When she phoned me crying telling me the bad news, it was terrible not being with her when she heard.

“She is a strong woman and we will make it through.” On September 26 she and Juan started a fund-raising campaign called “Ta-ta to Mandy’s Tatas”.

Jaun started a Facebook page to campaign and generate funds for her operation.

In three weeks they have raised more than R65 000 and hope to meet her target.

“After I’ve had the operation I don’t want this campaign to stop. I want it to continue because there are many people like me with no medical aid. We have created something special. They can go to our Facebook page and there is a link that will direct them to the details of how they can donate.”

She said after the diagnosis she tried not to change anything and still runs her salon.

“I am a mother, a business woman and a wife. I cannot change who I am because of cancer. I have cancer, but I am not my cancer, I am me. Despite my fear I will make it through.

“Since the news broke the support I have received from my husband, family, neighbours and clients is amazing. I even get messages day and night from people some of whom I don’t know.”

Husband Juan told Maritzburg Fever they are grateful for the support they have received.

“Mandy is someone who always wants to help people and not brag about it. When she phoned me crying telling me the bad news, it was terrible not being with her when she heard. She is a strong woman and we will make it through.”

On September 26 she and Juan started a fund-raising campaign called “Ta-ta to Mandy’s Tatas”.

Jaun started a Facebook page to campaign and generate funds for her operation.

In three weeks they have raised more than R65 000 and hope to meet her target.

“After I’ve had the operation I don’t want this campaign to stop. I want it to continue because there are many people like me with no medical aid. We have created something special. They can go to our Facebook page and there is a link that will direct them to the details of how they can donate.”

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