Jun 5, 2017 Word for Word Media

When you meet Dewald and Tina Botes, their love and care for each other is so evident and tangible. A couple’s love would need to be deep and rock solid to survive the shocking diagnosis of a frontal lobe brain tumour. We hear their astounding story.

Dewald Botes (55) lives in Lonehill, JHB with his wife, Tina. They have four children: Heinrich (Dewald’s son) and Charissa, Tianè and Juri (Tina’s children). After getting a second chance at love, and two and a half years of dating, Dewald and Tina made their commitment official by getting married. Nine months…

Mar 28, 2017 Word for Word Media 1Comment

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Paula Robertson is loud, busy, constantly cracking jokes, and an excellent problem-solver; your typical Portuguese woman. After she was diagnosed with colon cancer, she vowed to never change her personality. In fact, her unique characteristics were only enhanced. She even saw the funny side of having a stoma bag, calling it Winnie the Pooh. The proud grandmother shares her story with us.

Paula Robertson (59) lives in Glenvista, JHB with her husband. She has two adult…

Feb 2, 2017 Word for Word Media

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To celebrate her 10th year of being cancer-free this year, Zelka Spoja-Vieira is throwing a survivor themed party. She outwitted breast cancer, outlasted cervical cancer and outplayed everything life has thrown at her. The mother of two shares her story with us.

Zelka Spoja-Vieira (43) lives in Constantia Kloof, JHB. She is in the process of a divorce. She has two sons, aged 14 and 11.

At the age of 33, Zelka was going about her wife duties – cleaning house…

Dec 1, 2016 Word for Word Media
One would think the less one smokes, the lower the risk would be of getting lung cancer, however, in Mahendra Modi’s case he developed lung cancer associated with an EGFR mutation, at the age of 74, despite never smoking. But not once has he feared death. He shares his remarkable story with us. Mahendra Modi (76) lives in Mulbarton, south of JHB, with his wife. He has three children and seven grandchildren. In 2014, a week after Mahendra arrived in Australia to visit his son, Dharmesh, he experienced abdominal pain and had trouble breathing. He didn’t take it too…

Sep 1, 2016 Word for Word Media

Professional rower, Lawrence Brittain, not only beat his way to a silver medal at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, in the Men’s Coxless Pair with Shaun Keeling, but most importantly, he also beat cancer. He shares his twofold victory with us. Lawrence Brittian (25) stays in Pretoria and is currently studying BCom Marketing at the University of Pretoria. Lawrence couldn’t wait to start high school at Parktown Boys’ High School for one reason only – to start rowing. “My dad had been in the national team and my older brother was rowing, so I couldn’t wait to get started,” Lawrence…

Dec 11, 2015 Laurelle Williams

In 2014 Discovery Health member Chantel Rall completed her first full Ironman triathlon. But what makes her fitness journey remarkable is that just two years prior, she had cervical cancer. Sitting in the doctor’s rooms in April 2012, 34-year-old Chantel Rall heard the words that she had been dreading, “You have cervical cancer.” Fast-forward just 26 months though, Chantel had not only fully recovered, but she had also completed her first full Ironman triathlon. Here’s how she did it. “It all started with a quick visit to my doctor for my yearly check up. I hadn’t been for a couple…

Dec 11, 2015 Laurelle Williams

If you lose a testicle, or testicles, as a result of testicular cancer you may want to consider testicle implants. I had testicular cancer in 1995 at the age of 30. That evening when the doctor came and said it is aggressive cancer… that they have to remove my right testis the next morning, was the moment my life shattered into a million pieces. The doctor explained to me that the cancer comes about through the fusion of two sperm cells. They form an ‘abnormal embryo’ and also grows as fast as an embryo. I tried to picture the tumour…