https://churchwritinggroup.files.wordpress.com/2021/09/waiting-anette-swensson-2.jpg Waiting: Anette Swensson Waiting for an answer or diagnosis can be excruciating; especially when the outcome could really be something you are not looking forward to; something that is quite final. It’s a bit like sitting on an empty train station feeling alone and like the next train has been delayed: time hanging heavily … Continue reading We All Have to Wait for Something.
A sobering thought, what do you think? Today is World Cancer Day. This day has been... “organized by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) and celebrated each year on 4 February, is an opportunity to rally the international community to end the injustice of preventable suffering from cancer.”UICC Having faced cancer myself I want … Continue reading 4 February, World Cancer Day
This year has been a very odd year for all of us because of Covid-19 and for me October feels like a significant month within this year so I decided to mention a few things to my readers at the beginning of this month. Photo by JJ Jordan on Pexels.com Photo by Ave Calvar Martinez … Continue reading October and our lives go on….
'We hurt, we heal, we are changed forever' - MFNoffke People want to know: What did you gain through the experience with cancer? Facing a terminal disease like cancer is challenging and humbling; my life fell into perspective for me. I began to appreciate my life: what I had done and who I was. … Continue reading Life after Cancer.
I definitely felt that if I didn’t think about cancer it wouldn’t happen to me. This is magical thinking. I had an irrational fear that if I contemplated cancer I would somehow open myself up to it.
I was eager to know about the procedure of the implants as it would help me make up my mind about the mastectomy of the 'healthy breast.'
Journal entry 21/08/2012 I met Dr Aaron Ndhluni today. He will be looking after me as my surgeon. He is nice, reassuring, warm, kind, and has a sense of humour. I am blessed that Derek has made provision for a hospital fund and insurance for the gap cover for the 5 dread diseases. We shook … Continue reading Cancer continued: meeting my surgeon
I have always felt uncomfortable writing about my cancer but I feel like I owe it to others who might need to hear about my story. Anybody can google the facts about cancer but I want to try to portray my experience as vividly as possible. My friend had just gone for a mammogram check-up … Continue reading Discovering I had cancer.
In January, 2013 Derek said: ‘Let’s go on an American road trip this year.’ He was hungry for new experiences in the moment since my brush with cancer. The cogs in my brain whizzed, remembering a recent story of a friend who had been ‘dragged’ through Mozambique and Zimbabwe by her husband who had been … Continue reading An African adventure began to stir in our hearts.
I could not have asked for better clarity this year, 2020. Could not and would not have asked, yet, all the same I received. Not as flashing lights on New Year’s Eve. I would have put that down to flares and fireworks. No, I was already sick by New Year’s Eve, since Christmas night, and … Continue reading My New Year’s Epiphany