CANCER survivors and family and friends, attended a cancer awareness talk and breakfast at Msunduzi Hospice on Saturday. Attendees were taught about eating healthy, the symptoms and everything related to breast cancer. Reona Bond, who has had breast cancer for 10 years, told attendees not to give up as there is much to live for. “When I discovered I had breast cancer in 2006, I thought about many things. I said ‘God my son is only 10 years old. I want to see his 21st birthday’. I thought about my parents and my family, and I realised I have so much to live for. “I lost my hair and sense of taste and the doctors told me I will never have children again, but here I am and I have a little girl,” she said. In 2012 she was again diagnosed with cancer in her other breast, but she says, she was “lucky” because the lump was small and it was removed immediately. “Cancer changed me. I learnt to be in control and not get angry. I associated with positive people. I am a believer and don’t want cancer again. I am a survivor.“It is important for people to acknowledge they have cancer and work on how they are going to treat it. “I guarantee you the Grace of the Lord will be with you and you will be healed. Cancer is not something you must be ashamed of. You don’t have to hide it.” She told attendees not to feel sorry for those with cancer, rather they must encourage them to be strong, and become their pillar of strength.