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Adriana Robinson – Cancer Stories of Hope #CANSA90

Adriana Robinson

What is your current cancer diagnosis?

I am in remission.

How long have you been living with that cancer?

24 years

How does living with cancer affect you in general in your day-to-day living?

I was diagnosed 24 years ago, with a small gland in my neck that became in 5 days as big as the palm of my hand. Immediately went in for surgery and doctor said it was Hodgkins. Got my red devil and 6 sessions of chemo, almost died of all the chemo. My son was 10 and my daughter was 13.

After surviving two breast cancer scares, my husband got brain cancer, this was all in one year.

My husband, unfortunately lost his life to cancer. Thirteen years ago the cancer came back with – another gland, and I went through all the treatments, clean again, until 8 years ago, when it came back again.

Two years ago they found a small spot on my lung.

Four months ago I went for my check-up and am clean. I put my life at God’s feet. I am blessed with Him saving my life, so that I can see my children grow into adults and enjoy my five grandchildren. I live life to the fullest and see that I get enough exercise.

Put your faith in God. And then rejoice and tell everyone how good God is for healing you.

Is there a family history of cancer? Please elaborate if yes.

No

How have you or your loved ones been affected by you living with cancer?

It was hard when my husband died and the children were little, but I found another great love who supports me completely and we are happily married and are walking the journey together.

How has having cancer affected you during this time of COVID-19?

No, not really – I lost great friends to Covid however.

What is your message to our government regarding the prevention, management and treatment of cancer?

Definitely, more screenings in the rural communities as well as making the treatments more accessible.

What is your message to other people living with cancer?

Believe and stay positive.

Is pain a daily part of your life and how do you manage it?

No

How have you been involved with CANSA? 

For the last 2 years I have been actively involved in fundraising projects working with local staff in all the different events planned and raising awareness. This is fun and brings a lot of joy.

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