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Stories of Hope

Read about our cancer Survivors’ journeys as they cope with cancer and be inspired and encouraged. See posts below.

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Your story as a cancer Survivor (anyone who has heard the words “you have cancer”) or as a loved one, or caregiver of someone affected by cancer, can be of great encouragement to others.

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*CANSA reserves the right not to publish your story if content is inappropriate, and to edit copy – you will receive the link to your story per email and can ask for edits to be made. It may take 10 work days for your story to be published. Queries may be sent to info@cansa.org.za

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“I Started to Live My Life on Purpose” – An Interview with Naniki Seboni

CANSA Ambassador and melanoma survivor, Naniki Seboni joined Karger’s The Waiting Room Podcast, to speak about about her experiences of being diagnosed with stage 3 malignant melanoma at the age of 25…

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Published: 9 May 2024 | Last Updated: 27 June 2024
Categories: Environment, Men's Health, Reduce Cancer Risk, Screening & Cancer Control, Stories of Hope, SunSmart, Women's Health

Interview with Roulene Bonthuys, Mrs South Africa CANSA Ambassador

Meet Roulene Bonthuys, Mrs South Africa CANSA Ambassador and cervical cancer Survivor…

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Published: 25 April 2024 | Last Updated: 30 May 2024
Categories: Beyond Diagnosis & Treatment, I have Cancer, Stories of Hope, Women's Health

My Cancer is Not Me – Mrs SA Princess and Mrs Globe Hopeful Noeline Rajbally Shares her Story

Shortly before the 2023 Dallmayr Mrs South Africa Grand Finale and crowning event held in November last year, contestant Noeline Rajbally received shocking news: the lump in her breast was a tumour. “I don’t intend to let cancer define me, but I want to use my experience to raise awareness and help women not only on their health journey, but in their lives in general.”

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Published: 28 February 2024 | Last Updated: 26 March 2024
Categories: Stories of Hope

Cancer Story of Hope – Con Malherbe

Mulitiple Myeloma survivor, Con Malherbe, shares his cancer journey. Con has recently recovered from a stem cell transplant and is completing his chemotherapy. Learn what his PDF Mantra is and how it has helped to keep him going during difficult times…

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Published: 17 October 2023 | Last Updated: 18 October 2023
Categories: Stories of Hope

Chantel Memziwe NHL Survivor Outrunning Cancer – Perseverance Leads to Triumph

Chantel Memziwe is a determined lady! Never letting her cancer diagnosis or treatment get the best of her, she kept pursuing her love of running and achieving the goals she had set for herself. We are so fortunate that she is one of our CANSA Active Sanlam Cape Town Marathon Ambassadors for 2023. Chantel is also a member of our Facebook Support group for cancer patients and loved ones, Champions of Hope. Read her remarkable story of perseverance…

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Published: 13 September 2023 | Last Updated: 29 September 2023
Categories: A Loved One has Cancer, Beyond Diagnosis & Treatment, I have Cancer, Stories of Hope, Women's Health

Story of Hope – Mariska Schultz Cancer Survivor Overcomes Cancer in her Teens

I am Mariska Schultz, I’m 27 years old and I was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma when I was 15 years old. As any teenager would, I was uncertain about what this disease is. I could see by the tears and fear in my parents’ eyes that it wasn’t anything good… – view RECORDING of Webinar to find out more about CANSA TLC support for teens and young adults with cancer and hear Mariska’s story…

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Published: 14 February 2023 | Last Updated: 30 May 2023
Categories: CANSA's Tough Living with Cancer (TLC) Programme, I have Cancer, Stories of Hope

Naniki Seboni – Brown Skin Girl

People of all skin types are at risk for melanoma. When Naniki was told that she had Stage 3 malignant melanoma, she asked, “What is that?” To which the doctors explained skin cancer. Her response was, “But, I’m black?” Naniki goes on to explain, “I had never heard of a black person having skin cancer. Yes, prostate and cervical but not skin cancer…”

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Published: 17 December 2022 | Last Updated: 25 March 2024
Categories: Stories of Hope, SunSmart

Katherine Burger Shares Melanoma Diagnosis

Says Katherine, “Melanomas can look like any lump or bump, so that’s it’s so important to know our bodies and watch for changes. You should do a skin self-examination every few weeks. Most importantly, this is why EVERYONE should have an annual skin check by a dermatologist.”

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Published: 16 December 2022 | Last Updated: 7 February 2023
Categories: Stories of Hope, SunSmart

Published: 14 April 2022 | Last Updated: 14 April 2022
Categories: Stories of Hope

HALO Riders’ Blog – by Andrew Woodburn

The HALO ‘Helping a Little One’ Team are, once again, cycling from Gqeberha to Cape Town to raise funds for, and create awareness of the CANSA Tough Living with Cancer (TLC) programme which supports children and teens with cancer. The Halo Team leaves Gqeberha on 5 March 2022 and arrives in Cape Town on 11 […]

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Published: 8 March 2022 | Last Updated: 18 March 2022
Categories: A Loved One has Cancer, CANSA's Tough Living with Cancer (TLC) Programme, Stories of Hope

Published: 14 December 2021
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Published: 6 October 2021
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Published: 6 October 2021 | Last Updated: 6 October 2021
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Published: 6 October 2021
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Published: 6 October 2021 | Last Updated: 6 October 2021
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Published: 8 September 2021 | Last Updated: 8 September 2021
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Published: 5 August 2021 | Last Updated: 5 August 2021
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Published: 23 July 2021
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