“All Survivors Must Experience This!”
Claudine Venter – One is choked at the mere thought of cancer, especially if it is yourself or a loved one that has been diagnosed.
After I was diagnosed with Stage 4 Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 2011 and again in 2012, I learned that every breath and new day is nothing but grace. With a one-year-old son, cancer made me appreciate the little things in life again.
You might have cancer yourself or you may be the person who is walking beside somebody fighting cancer, either as a family member, friend, or caregiver. It is a very emotional and spiritual journey.
From diagnosis to losing our unborn baby, death of my grandmother, dark depression to remission. I hope my story brings you renewed hope.
Although I knew about CANSA, I was never aware that CANSA offered support or how much the organisation could mean to me. As a cancer survivor, I feel very strongly that survivors need even more support after you in remission. It is very difficult to learn your new normal, because after cancer there is no normal again.
I was invited to the CANSA Relay For Life Vaal event after my stem cell transplant in 2013. I never heard of it before. All the ceremonies, especially the Survivors’ Lap made me feel so empowered. I felt like a conqueror. All survivors must experience this!
This has become a yearly reminder for me and my family about where we have come from, and not to forget. We are so thankful to be able to attend an event that celebrates life.
I am closely involved with CANSA’s events like Cuppa For CANSA as well, to spread awareness about cancer and to empower survivors and their caregivers and let them know how CANSA supports them.