Difficult days at our national hospitals is a reality for most of us who have no medical aid. I have recently been journaling about my close relative’s journey with cancer. Please note, my thoughts and opinions are mine and the experiences are real. I am honoured and privileged to share this journey with him as challenging and painful as it may be at times.
So the situation is; he needs to be re-admitted to Helen Joseph Hospital. With all the necessary administration and paperwork, it has literally taken us a full day. It is 5.30pm and we are sitting with him in the waiting area of ward 17. It’s been a long day, but we are at ease as we have the company of 3 more women also awaiting for available beds. They too are waiting since 7am and are complaining that they have not had anything to eat as yet.
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It is amazing how we can feign the martyrdom role even in illness. When my close relative was diagnosed with cancer 6 months ago, he chose not to go ahead with the extreme option of bladder removal. It is a denial mindset that he went into straight away and very solemnly swore he was going to do everything possible to shrink this unruly tumour. Not understanding the stage he was at, nor the size of the tumour, he embarked on a vigorous dosage of herbs, natural oils and more.
His choice was to fight his cancer the natural way. We read and hear about the huge success rates. I have always been a supporter of the natural option first and supported him in this decision. What we do not read and take into account, is the type of cancer you have, the size of your tumour and of course the…
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What happens when you have no medical aid and you are diagnosed with cancer?
After having done the rounds at Helen Joseph Hospital, we decided to try an alternative.
Folateng at Charlotte Maxeke Hospital known as “Johburg Gen” provides you with an opportunity to see a specialist doctor at a reduced price privately. Phew no queues, no having to leave at 6am in the morning to sit at hospital waiting for your turn and to eventually see a doctor at 12.
However, this experience soon comes to an end when you have to undergo the various tests. Staging, blood tests, biopsies etc can set you back at least another R5000- R10 000 depending on the actual test.
Tuesday’s are hectic at this wing of this national hospital as it is the day that all the chemo therapy sessions are done. 19 patients were seen last week and this number is…
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“There is nothing I fear more than waking up without a programme that will help me to bring a little happiness to those with no resources, those who are poor, illiterate, and ridden with terminal disease.” Nelson Mandela
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Cancer occurs when normal cells undergo a transformation, grow and multiply without normal controls. As the cells multiply, they form a mass called a tumor.
Tumors are cancerous only if they are malignant. This means that they encroach on and invade neighbouring tissues (especially lymph nodes) because of their uncontrolled growth. Tumors may also travel to remote organs via the bloodstream. This process of invading and spreading to other organs is called metastasis. Tumors overwhelm surrounding tissues by invading their space and taking the oxygen and nutrients they need to survive and function.
Signs and symptoms are both signals of injury, illness, disease – signals that something is not right in the…
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We could not have asked for better weather and group of golfers for Regcoms Annual Charity Golf Day held at Blue Valley Golf Estate. We could even be bold to say that when Reggie Marimuthu puts a charity golf day together he does it with style and invites some of the best industry leaders, Chris Hooman (JetPatcher), Steve Senekal (Senior Pro golfer), Rob Dalton (Sun International) and Shaun Bartlett (Former Bafana Bafana player and football coach ), to name a few.
Today’s golf event was in aid of Reach upon a Star Foundation and CANSA and those attending came in full support. During conversation with some of the players, it was evident how many people’s lives have been touched by this disease, either through family, friends or colleagues. Cancer is one of the world’s leading causes of death and with a recent study predicting that South Africa could see an…
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Now, after months of planning, Starbucks together with Taste Holdings, will open the doors to their newest store in Sandton City on 26 April 2018.
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Back by popular demand, and celebrating its 2nd year at Mall of Africa, ‘Incredible India’ returns to Johannesburg from April 27 to May 7, 2018. The event promises to be an extravaganza of authentic Indian lifestyle, fashion, culture and cuisine as local and international exhibitors display their wares and delight your senses.
Incredible India has become an annual event that South African and African Indian communities have come to look forward to at Mall of Africa. It is a lifestyle, food and cultural experience with exhibitors boasting the very best in international Indian clothing, cosmetic jewellery, silk carpets, homeware and more.
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