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Pap smear Saves Maphuti’s Life

Maphuti Marogoa cervical cancer Survivor...

Maphuti Marogoa cervical cancer Survivor…

When Maphuti Marogoa (49) went for her regular check-up and Pap smear in 2008, her life changed forever. Maphuti describes her journey to recovery:

I do not wish anyone, even my worst enemy, to go through what I did, or worse, lose their life to a disease such as cancer.

In 2008 I went for my regular check-up, including a Pap smear. After few weeks I went to check my results. The nursing sister called me to her office to inform me that the results indicated that I have Cervical Cancer. The cancer was in its very early stage (1st stage).

I couldn’t believe the news – I went into shock and I was angry. As a child of God, I relied on prayer more than any other thing. I went for a second opinion that confirmed my diagnosis. I lived with cancer for many months, until I went for an operation in 2009.

I know that I am one of the lucky ones, because I am still here to share my story.

A friend introduced me to CANSA and after few weeks I was invited to a Relay for Life event. This was how I started as a CANSA Volunteer. I served on the Relay for Life Committee for three years and I then I served as a Council Member. I have given a lot of Health Talks at different events.

CANSA has helped me appreciate life. The support I received was overwhelming and I feel at home. CANSA serves as a ray of hope to those who do not see life beyond the cancer – for a while I was one of those people…

I urge all women to go for regular check-ups, lead a healthy lifestyle and enjoy life. For those who are still fighting the disease just remember that it is always darkest before the dawn.

Queries CANSA

If you have any concerns re your health, please contact your local CANSA Care Centre. Read info & find support resources for ‘cancer Survivors’ (anyone who has heard the words “you have cancer”).

In Loving Memory

15 July 2015: CANSA Bloemfontein wrote, “We are saddened today by the loss of Maputhi Marogoa. Maphuthi was a valuble member of our CANSA Regional council , a dedicated Volunteer, friend and CANSA advocate. Her passion, dedication and support inspired us all. Our condolences go out to her loved ones. Maputhi , you will be missed”.

(Maphuti passed away due to lung cancer).


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