Zoleka Mandela’s second cancer scare


Zoleka Mandela is putting on a brave face following what appears to be another cancer scare.

Unfortunately, her fiancé discovered a new lump in April. The news came just days after her doctor had given the couple the go ahead to discontinue the treatment to prevent cancer so they could try for a baby.

Zoleka was first diagnosed with breast cancer five years ago. She’s since gone through an extensive chemotherapy treatment, including getting nipples reconstructed by a plastic surgeon.

She shares with her fans the journey of beating cancer the second time around on her Instagram:

There goes my already none existing eyebrows too!!! ? Thank Heavens I won't have to worry about waxing my beard every few weeks, when I don't ... I look like a cat fish! I have a slight moustache but I kinda like it so I don't touch/mess with it at all. ? I'm 36yrs old and Menopausing for the 3rd time, some medication in Chemotherapy cause damages to the ovaries which results in Menopause. Hormonal changes caused by Menopause will result in unwanted facial hair - little hair on the upper lip and chin or a full on beard in women. It's strange, you'll lose the hair on your head but gain hair on your face and never mind the hot flashes, mood swings, low sex drive, insomnia, vaginal dryness, sleeping problems, losing control of the bladder, depression, urinary tract infections, skin changes which are all symptoms of Menopause. They're all manageable, I swear! Although I don't miss my period ? ... fertility is an issue but I'll remain positive because I conceived naturally after Menopausing the first time! ? BEATING CANCER STARTS IN YOUR HEAD, staying POSITIVE!!! So, back to the eyebrows ... They'll remain on FLEEK and I promise not to draw one line where I used to have eyebrows and call it a day! ? #KnowYourCancer #SilenceCancer #BreastCancerSurvivor #Recurrence #LuminalBCancer #LuminalTypeBCarcinoma #Menopause #Chemotherapy #GemCisplatin #ZolekaMandelaFoundation

A photo posted by Zoleka Mandela (@zolekamandela) on

Took this picture of my hand right after my 4th Chemotherapy treatment last week! The skin on my hands and feet never quite recovered from 16 cycles of Chemotherapy back in 2013. This is a side effect of the treatment, it causes discoloration or darkening of the skin and veins especially in areas that are exposed to the sun - (something to do with toxicity, inflammation or stimulation of skin colour cells.) Never leave the house without a good sun screen and hand moisturizer because Chemotherapy can make the skin more sensitive to the sun and dry ... #KnowYourCancer #SilenceCancer #Chemotherapy #GemCisplatin #Recurrence #LuminalBCancer #LuminalTypeBMammaryCancer #BreastCancerSurvivor #ZolekaMandelaFoundation #ChemoSideEffects

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The hardest part about being diagnosed with Cancer and undergoing Chemotherapy for the 2nd time will not be my hair that's now falling off! Like seriously! It will grow back, grew back the last time so whatevs! *rolls eyes* The last time it fell off I kept it hoping some miracle would return it to my head, shame. ? I undid my plaits earlier today and Chemo showed my hair flames when I combed my Afro! ? I wonder if Mr. Bashala will give me permission to shave now, we'll wait and see what he says when he comes home! ? Time to plait what's left of my crop and go cook dinner before he gets home ... Later, bye! ? #Chemotherapy #GemCisplatin #Reoccurrence #LuminalBCancer #LuminalTypeBMammaryCarcinoma #EarlyDetectionKeepsSavingMyLife #AlreadyBeatenByMe #SilenceCancer #KnowYourCancer #BreastCancerSurvivor #ZolekaMandelaFoundation #ChemoSideEffects

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Chemotherapy which is given to Cancer patients is either done through a port surgically implanted in the chest or via a drip like I have mine (took this video myself to spare Mr. Bashala and his weak stomach ?) ... This causes darkening of my veins as you can see, the discolouring has not faded since Chemotherapy back in 2013, so because my veins have collapsed - I'm stuck with needles more than once (when Lancet needs to take bloods or for Chemo) because they are not cooperative. So shortly after this first attempt, it was a success the second time ... #KnowYourCancer #SilenceCancer #ZolekaMandelaFoundation #Chemotherapy #GemCisplatin #EarlyDetectionKeepsSavingMyLife #BreastCancerSurvivor #Recurrence #LuminalBCancer #LuminalTypeBMammaryCarcinoma

A video posted by Zoleka Mandela (@zolekamandela) on

Introducing My Warrior Scar! Out of this incision, a 19 grams cancerous tumour was removed - 18mm long with a division rate (how fast the Cancer cells in my body divide) of 80% ... It's more aggressive than my first one hence the more aggressive approach to treatment this time around, 12 cycles of Chemotherapy and Radiation for 6 weeks. Listen! I'm not dying from Cancer and that's not how it's going to end, if anything ... The fact that I have it for the 2nd time is another reason why I proudly live my life creating more of an awareness about it so that it no longer silences women and instead forces them to speak out and educate others (1 out of 9 women in South Africa will be diagnosed in their lifetime) on the disease because remaining silent will never end the fight! I feel like I I've already won the war. I've beaten it once and I will beat it again! There's nothing they can do about the massive scar it's left on my chest but I'm honestly not bothered by it ... I'm too focused on the twins I'm going to conceive naturally after this!!! ? I am not a victim!!! #SilenceCancer #KnowYourCancer #ZolekaMandelaFoundation #EarlyDetectionKeepsSavingMyLife #BreastCancerSurvivor #CancerAffectsUsAll #Recurrence #LuminalTypeBMammaryCarcinoma #LuminalBCancer

A photo posted by Zoleka Mandela (@zolekamandela) on

I took this picture of my breasts shortly after my BILATERAL SECOND STAGE BREAST RECONSTRUCTION surgery in August 2014. I was diagnosed with BREAST CANCER in March 2012 following the removal (BILATERAL MASTECTOMY) of both my breasts after which I received 16 cycles of CHEMOTHERAPY to prevent RECURRENCE! 1 in 33 women in South Africa have a life time risk for BREAST CANCER, one of the worst serious diseases in women. The numbers are on an increase, many women diagnosed when their CANCERS have reached the worst stage - either as a result of stigma, a lack of awareness, education on CANCER and little to no financial assistance for women diagnosed or living with BREAST CANCER! EARLY DETECTION SAVES LIVES but only 90% are saved after being diagnosed if they have been DIAGNOSED EARLY! As a proud supporter of assisting women (using my personal journey with the disease) with the escalating problem of BREAST CANCER - I continue to speak out ... To BREAK THE SILENCE, give hope to, raise awareness, educate and encourage all those affected. #BreakTheSilence #SilenceCancer #BreastCancerSurvivor #EarlyDetectionSavesLives #ZolekaMandelaFoundation #WhenHopeWhispers #SecondStageBilateralBreastReconstruction #BilateralMastectomy #KnowYourCancer #CancerAffectsUsAll #EarlyDetectionSavedMyLife

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