Bevera Bailey – Cancer Stories of Hope #CANSA90
What is your current cancer diagnosis?
I have colon cancer.
How long have you been living with that cancer?
Since 2019. I am living now for 6 years with cancer.
How does living with cancer affect you in general in your day-to-day living?
It is not easy for me, but I have to be positive and live my life day by day with faith in God.
Is there a family history of cancer? Please elaborate if yes.
Yes, my elder sister died of colon cancer.
How have you or your loved ones been affected by you living with cancer?
My family took it very hard, especially my daughter, because she was in her matric year during my time of my diagnosis.
How has having cancer affected you during this time of COVID-19?
I felt lonely because I could not see any family members and I could not visit them.
What is your message to our government regarding the prevention, management and treatment of cancer?
My message to government is to help the provincial hospitals with the necessary treatment support for patients.
What is your message to other people living with cancer?
My message to other people is that they must still believe and trust in God and to take things step by step each day.
Is pain a daily part of your life and how do you manage it?
No. Currently I don’t experience any pain.
How has CANSA supported you in your diagnosis?
CANSA staff gave me emotional support and I am also part of a CANSA support group.