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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.
Share Your Story with Us
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. Share your journey on our website or on Facebook.
Read more stories of hope here:
Just after Josh Cragg’s twelfth birthday, he was diagnosed with an aggressive childhood cancer that presented a huge challenge for him and his family. What was the journey like, what perspectives has it given him, and how can we support […]
Posted on 13 Feb 2020
Emma Danilowitz (21 yrs) and a student at Stellenbosch University, shares her cancer journey: January 2020 – As some of you know, 2019 was quite an interesting and somewhat terrifying year for me. I was diagnosed with a germ cell […]
Posted on 12 Feb 2020
Naniki Seboni (29) tells us how she was teased at school for ‘wanting to be like a white girl’ because she used sunscreen and how at the age of 24, she was diagnosed with Stage 3 malignant melanoma. Ailments as […]
Posted on 6 Feb 2020
Bobby Were shares: I am a male breast cancer Survivor and this is my story…
Posted on 25 Oct 2019
My name is Marlene Pretorius, and I am a breast cancer Survivor – why do I say this with a smile? Well, firstly, I survived this dreaded disease, and secondly, when I received an invitation to do a Breast Cancer […]
Posted on 22 Oct 2019
Breast cancer Survivor Jacqui Ramage (42 yrs) photo-documented her journey from diagnosis through to remission, and wrote this inspiring message about what cancer has taught her.
Posted on 29 Oct 2018
In my ignorance, I believed skin cancer was a white person’s disease. Never had I heard of a black person having such a diagnosis…
Posted on 29 Nov 2017
Tracy, who has fair skin and freckles, believes that the 20 sunbed sessions she did prior to her honeymoon, possibly caused her melanoma. Says Tracy, “A killer tan IS a KILLER tan!” If she could turn back the clock, she would.
Posted on 12 Dec 2016
Says Katherine, “Melanomas can look like any lump or bump, so that is why it is 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.”
Posted on 12 Dec 2016
Myra is a CANSA Volunteer and visits cancer patients at their homes, offering them support. Says Myra, “I explain to them that I also had cancer and that they are not alone on this road.” She urges anyone who detects a problem with their breasts to get tested. Not everyone may have the patience to sit at the day hospital all day, she concedes, but that one day could save their life. Read more…
Posted on 28 Nov 2016
Phoebe Appies is reeds twee jaar vry van borskanker en maak dit haar missie om ander oor hierdie siekte en ook ander kanker in te lig. Sy is ’n vrywilliger vir KANSA en sy wil die stigma rondom bors- en ander kankers breek.
Posted on 13 Oct 2016
Debby Botes, breast cancer Survivor, shares her story: I lost my Mom on the 13th September 2006. Exactly two weeks later on the 27th September 2006, I lost my Dad. I had not experienced the loss of a loved one […]
Posted on 13 Oct 2016
Each day for the month of October, Candice Fehrsen, breast cancer Survivor, will share a post on her blog in order to encourage those who have been newly diagnosed and their loved ones. Follow her journey from operating table to present day…
Posted on 8 Oct 2016
Mark Walter is 66 years old and lives in Amanzimtoti, South Africa with his wife, Odette, the most important person in his journey. The Walters have 3 children and 5 grandchildren. When facing a diagnosis of cancer, Mark recommends that […]
Posted on 10 Mar 2016
Whether you have recently been diagnosed with cancer or whether you are a veteran who has undergone the rigours of treatment, or if you are now in remission, CANSA considers you a cancer Survivor. Survivors share about their cancer journey […]
Posted on 15 Oct 2015
On the day he resumed his duties as the head of Ferrum High, Wynand Swanepoel spent the morning trying to prepare mentally to tackle the stresses of the job while staying focused on his recovery. He had returned to work […]
Posted on 13 Oct 2015
Marc Curlewis was looking forward to celebrating his 30th birthday. After all, one only hits the big ‘three-oh’ once. However, five days before his birthday, he received devastating news. The Diagnosis Marc had been experiencing some discomfort in his right […]
Posted on 30 Sep 2015
While he is probably better known for being that “radio and TV guy”, Mark is also known for being a cancer survivor. At the age of 18, he had stage 4 testicular cancer, which spread to his lungs and kidneys. […]
Posted on 29 Sep 2015
They say that life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans. Many of us find ourselves rushing from place to place, planning all the things we need to do and never having time to appreciate the […]
Posted on 26 Aug 2015