Dear GH,

Good Housekeeping (South Africa) - - YOUR FEEDBACK -

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU. We all have our sto­ries: I was di­ag­nosed and had a mas­tec­tomy 18 months ago, and your ar­ti­cle Life af­ter Breast Can­cer (Oc­to­ber 2016) is the first one that has re­ally ad­dressed the is­sues of the ‘fall­out’. Apart from the ob­vi­ous (chemo­ther­apy, hair loss, nau­sea and di­ar­rhoea), no­body tells you about how hor­ri­ble the drugs will make you feel, how ex­hausted you’ll feel and the joint aches and pains you’ll ex­pe­ri­ence. While some doc­tors are su­perb, some al­most be­long to a ‘se­cret so­ci­ety’ and you blun­der along, not know­ing what ques­tions to ask.

I am also bat­tling de­bil­i­tat­ing in­juries from a car ac­ci­dent, and there are days when I feel like throw­ing in the towel. It’s no won­der peo­ple take to the In­ter­net to try to get in­for­ma­tion – mostly the wrong type. So, thank you. Please keep up the good work – it has been of im­mense value to me, and I am sure to a whole bunch of other peo­ple too. Linda van Niek­erk, Pine­gowrie (Linda wins a Ther­aVine ham­per worth R2 500)

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