Jul 29, 2022 Word for Word Media
Andreas Kleynhans was first diagnosed with prostate cancer and then oesophageal cancer. He explains that how you think about your cancer determines your experience, adding that he decided to make something positive of it. Andreas Kleynhans (54) lives in Linden, Gauteng.  Prostate cancer  In March 2021, I was diagnosed with prostate cancer (Grade 1, slow-growing, small) after a routine check-up as I had an enlarged prostate for a few years already; active surveillance was advised.  Seven months later, it had metastasised to my hip bone and was Grade 4. This was devastating news as I learnt that this type of cancer…

Jul 29, 2022 Word for Word Media
Emma-Liegh Riggien shares how she underwent limb-saving surgery when she was diagnosed with synovial sarcoma at age 15. Emma-Liegh Riggien (28) lives in Hillcrest, Kwa-Zulu Natal. Diagnosed at 15 Emma was diagnosed with synovial sarcoma when she was 15 years old. “For 18 months prior to being diagnosed, I couldn’t straighten my left arm but we never though anything of it until it started to hurt when being pulled straight,” Emma explains. “I was at a Halloween party where we were all dancing and someone pulled my arm straight and it hurt so badly. At about midnight my dad, Philip, took me…

Jun 1, 2022 Word for Word Media

With the most magnificent and longest red hair, Genevivé Roxmouth shares her story of finding her crown of glory once diagnosed with synovial sarcoma.

Genevivé Roxmouth (34) lives in Krugersdorp, Gauteng with her second husband, Harry, and her son, Hendrik (12).  Diagnosed at 24 In 2012, Genevivé started losing weight and had a cough. “Having a little child, you try and keep the medical aid for them. So, I medicated myself at home by taking cough syrup for about three months, but it didn’t help. I also started getting out of breath. Then one Saturday I coughed up blood….

Mar 24, 2022 Word for Word Media
Despite Lincoln Chipembere having to delay his wedding due to a testicular cancer diagnosis, he took it in his stride with the extraordinary support of his fiancé. Lincoln Chipembere (29) lives in Midrand, Gauteng. Symptoms Last year May, Lincoln noticed swelling of one of his testicles, so he went to a GP. The doctor asked him if he played any sports to which Lincoln explained he played soccer recreationally, most Saturdays, with his friends. The doctor told him to avoid any sports as he thought it could be bruising and antibiotics were prescribed. However, when Lincoln went back for a follow-up, there was no…

Feb 4, 2022 Word for Word Media
Having solid family support when diagnosed with cancer goes a long way. We hear how Albert Kokota’s family supported him when he was diagnosed with multiple myeloma.  Albert Kokota (57) lives in Rustenburg, North West Province with his wife, Naomi. They have three children and two grandchildren.  At the beginning of last year, Albert experienced swelling in his right ankle and pain between his ribs. He went to his GP who noticed that he was pale and decided to do a blood test.  In the meantime, the GP prescribed an anti-inflammatory. With the results of the blood test showing low haemoglobin levels; the GP referred him…

Dec 2, 2021 Word for Word Media
Mother of three, Boitumelo Makhathini, shares how she learnt she had early stage cervical cancer this year and advocates for young girls to get vaccinated and women to go for regular check-ups. Boitumelo Makhathini (44) is divorced and lives in Randfontein, Gauteng with her three children (22,13,10).  In late February this year, Boitumelo started having abdominal pain and was bleeding. “At first, I thought it was just my menstrual cycle, even though it was abnormal bleeding. Then I thought it was a bladder infection so I consulted my GP; he gave me antibiotics and pain killers, however, it continued. I saw him twice…

Oct 1, 2021 Word for Word Media
Having survived COVID while in hospital after being diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer, Millicent Mavhungu is grateful to her doctors for saving her life. Millicent Mavhungu (48) lives in Vosloorus, Gauteng with her husband, Doctor, and their three children.  In November 2020, Millicent’s legs were swollen and sore. She went to her GP and he treated her for arthritis, giving her an injection and oral tablets. She started to work again but felt very weak and had shortness of breath. “I thought it was COVID, but the test results came back negative.” A week later, Millicent collapsed at home and was rushed…

Aug 2, 2021 Word for Word Media
Olympian and former World Surfski Champion, Oscar Chalupsky, shares his upstream battle with multiple myeloma. Oscar Chalupsky (58) and his wife, Clare, alternate living in South Africa and Portugal. They have two adult children, Luke and Hannah. Success in the sports world started early for Oscar. He started competing internationally at age 14; made the National Surf Lifesaving Team at age 15; was the first person in the world to win both Junior and Senior Ironman, aged 15; played for KwaZulu-Natal Schools’ Rugby and SA Schools’ Water polo. He became the youngest canoe Springbok, at age 18, and was…

Aug 2, 2021 Word for Word Media
Thami Tshabalala, a Hodgkin’s lymphoma survivor, tells us more about his treatment journey and his love for bikes. Thami Tshabalala (37) lives in Soweto, Gauteng.  Diagnosis In 2017, Thami had a persistent cough. “I went to the chemist and self-medicated as I don’t like going to doctors,” he explains. “However, it didn’t help so I got something else; that also didn’t help so I decided to go to the doctor.” By this time, Thami had lost weight, was itchy all over his body, had swollen glands under his armpits and was experiencing fatigue.  A chest X-ray showed that Thami had growths on his…

Aug 2, 2021 Word for Word Media
Zino Nyangule is the sweetest and most inspirational 14-year-old cancer survivor. Despite being blind, her take on life is extraordinary. Zino Nyangule (14) lives with her parents, Zuzeka and Advisor, in Far East Bank, Gauteng. She has four older siblings, two brothers and two sisters.  Germline mutation When Zino was around eight months old, her mother, Zuzeka, noticed that when she shook a toy on the left side of Zino, Zino would follow it with her eyes but when she shook it on the right side, Zino didn’t. “There was also something on her right eye; at night, it would shine…

May 28, 2021 Word for Word Media
Gaby Von Blerk openly speaks about her difficult journey of facing squamous cell carcinoma of the anus. Gaby Von Blerk (60) lives in Umhlanga Rocks, Kwa-Zulu Natal. She is divorced and has a daughter, Greta. Squamous cell carcinoma of the anus   It was thanks to the words of Gaby’s friend, Eric, who endured a long battle with cancer that prompted Gaby to see a doctor and in turn be diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma of the anus in July 2016.  “Just before Eric passed away, he implored to me, ‘If you notice anything unusual on your body, please have it seen to….

Mar 29, 2021 Word for Word Media
We hear how Yoren Chetty made the most of his year off after a cancer diagnosis by furthering his studies and raising money for Movember. Yoren Chetty (40) lives in Fourways, Gauteng. Yoren, a certified financial planner professional, was residing in Shanghai, China in October 2019 due to a business opportunity, when he woke up in the middle of the night with severe pain and swelling in the testicular area. In November, he consulted with a GP in China, who ran an ultrasound and referred him to a urologist. After the consultation, Yoren was sent for an MRI and CAT scan in…