Dec 11, 2015 Laurelle Williams

The vision of the support group was started by Angelo Haggiyannes, a man who suffered from head and neck cancer and who was passionate about giving the patient a voice. He wanted to offer a safe place to anyone affected by head and neck cancer. A place to share stories or simply speak to someone who may understand what one’s day has been like. Sadly, Angelo passed away in September 2013. In his honour, our Head & Neck Support Group was formed. The first meeting was in November 2013. The informal and supportive meetings are held from 18h00 to 20h00…

Dec 11, 2015 Laurelle Williams

People Living with Cancer (PLWC) is an umbrella organisation, which brings together various projects and people who are interested in making a difference in the lives of people living with cancer in South Africa. Cancer.vive is a special project of PLWC. The Cancer.vive survivors create awareness and honour those who have lost the battle. Activities of Cancer.vive include raising funds, which are utilised to drive cancer awareness, educational initiatives and campaigns with the emphasis on previously under-privileged communities. The 5th annual Cancer.vive Awareness Ride takes to the road from 10-19 September, with the main aim of getting communities across the…

Dec 1, 2015 Sandra

Juliet Drozdz had just turned 40 when she received the devastating news from her doctor that she had a brain tumour. “My life came to a complete halt. In every way,” Juliet recalls.  The days leading up to her diagnosis are still fresh in her mind. “I was on holiday in New York and my eyes were very watery. I remember the bright lights of Times Square really bugged me, so much so that I had to return to my hotel and lie in a dark room to recover.”  Upon her return to South Africa, Juliet went to visit an…

Dec 1, 2015 Sandra
When treating pain, it is not enough to only focus on the physical sensation of pain, but to also recognise the impact of the pain on the whole person, as well as how that person perceives pain and is able to cope or not cope with pain. This holistic assessment then allows for an approach to the management of pain as more than just the prescribing of pain medications.  Interestingly, when one examines what is important for maintaining hope with chronic illness, these very aspects such as a positive outlook, physical and psychosocial wellbeing, spirituality and faith, levels of support…

Dec 10, 2014 Laurelle Williams

If anyone understands the importance of regularly having a cancer check-up, it’s Sue Behrens. In November last year Sue got devastating news: her son, Brandan, had been diagnosed with testicular cancer. He was 24 years old, and a participant in Movember – a global movement which aims to “Change the Face of Men’s Health” by creating awareness and raising funds for survivorship and research for prostate and testicular cancer programmes implemented by The Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA). Sue explained that Brandan had a vague feeling of un-wellness for several months prior to his diagnosis. “Yet, despite regular blood…