CANSA Relay For Life

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Cancer made me the person I am today!

Jorina Strydom: Global Hero of Hope

Jorina Strydom: Global Hero of Hope

I couldn’t have had more perfect and ideal life, 33 years old, married with four wonderful children.

After suffering from pain and fatigue for almost two years and doctor after doctor finding nothing wrong, I decided to live life to the fullest.

I went to the doctor once again in February 2014 and following a battery of tests a biopsy revealed that I had Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. I endured six months of intense chemotherapy with sessions every three weeks which was followed by maintenance chemotherapy every three months for three years.

During the treatment I lost my hair… and my husband, but I managed to regain the purpose and meaning of life. My children were my inspiration not to give up. I was the sixth person within my extended family to be affected by cancer and I reached out to CANSA Welkom Care Centre for support.

I felt compelled to get involved and started volunteering in service delivery and fundraising and subsequently took over the role of the Survivorship Chairperson for the CANSA Welkom Relay For Life. Without pressure there can be no diamond. Being inflicted with cancer has molded me into what I am today.

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