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)