OCTOBER is Cancer Awareness Month where we remember to support those who are affected and infected by this illness. For many years, cancer was an illness that was little understood and not much could be done to curb it. But things have changed and medical technology has gotten better so there are ways in which the illness can be detected and treated. We are always advised to do tests such as pap smears and breast exams to make sure that we do not have the illness, but we take this for granted until the day that we are diagnosed. It is very reckless to do this because cancer is not a death sentence any more.
That’s why it is very important to pay attention to such things because not doing the test works against all efforts that are being done to help fight the illness. I know some people who were not able to win the battle against cancer and succumbed to the dreaded illness.
But I also know people who successfully beat cancer and got their lives back despite how difficult the journey was. If you have been diagnosed with cancer and feel like this is the end, remember cancer survivors such as actress Lilian Dube, Nelson Mandela’s granddaughter Zoleka Mandela and actress Mbali Maphumulo who had to battle breast cancer twice and beat it.
Brave radio presenter, Xolani Gwala, recently revealed that he is fighting colon cancer and with the support he is getting, it’s clear that it’s possible to fight the illness together. So if you suffering from the disease or someone you love is infected, know that there is always hope.
It will not always be easy and you will not feel like yourself while going through healing, but beating cancer will be worth it at the end of the day. It is also important for those of us who are not personally infected to remember that in times of illness, our support is mostly needed. Just a kind word, a visit in hospital or bringing a home
Nonzwi cooked meal could make a huge difference to their lives. Let us beat cancer together. Take care, until next week!