Outeniqua Oncology George

Outeniqua Oncology George

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Stories are gifts we leave behind us. This Storyshop Retreat is about rediscovering and sharing our stories about our loves, lyrics and losses. About the adventure of mind, body and spirit. Dorian Haarhoff is a writer, story-teller and writing coach here to create a safe, welcoming environment for you to learn the art and and joy of sharing your story - the gift you leave behind. Proceeds from this storyshop will benefit Knysna Sedgefield Hospice. Contact Linda to book your spot today!
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Carine Ebersohn 21/10/2021

Carine Ebersohn

Carine Ebershon
VIDEO LINK: https://youtu.be/kocInCZ95sA

Die dankbaarheid van kanker

Eers ry ek net verby en is dit ‘n iemand anders gebou. Ver weg. Toe word dit ‘n skoonpa gebou.
Ons sit regop in die wagkamer en praat in fluisterstemme.
Daar is mense met min hare of geen hare. Nie ons mense nie.
En toe word dit my gebou.
My Liefie se oë is vol trane en toe woede: “Jy moes geluister het toe ek gesê het gaan dokter toe.” Toe weer word haar oë vol bang.

Ek worstel met die besluit van behandeling of nie. Ek is nie bang vir doodgaan nie. Ek slaan my oë op na die berge, waar sal my hulp vandaan kom. En ek begin leer van dankbaarheid.

Dankie vir Olge, Christie en Neelje en dankie vir mense wat hulle pyn en vrese met my deel. Dankie vir kollegas met onsigbare engelvlerke wie vir weke kos aanry elke dag volgens hul eie rooster.
Kollegas wie my gras kom sny vir maande en kollegas en vriende wie gemmerkoekies en beskuit aandra vir naar en bid en bel en boodskappe stuur. Vir gebede. Dankbaarheid vir gebede. ‘n Buurvrou wie kos oor die muur aangee en bid.

Ek leer van vriende wie twaalf ure en sewe ure voor chemo tee maak sodat ek my 42 en 42 pille kan drink en dit nie alleen doen nie. Bernie en my Liefie. Half-tien saans en half-drie soggens. Lexi wie saamgaan vir die kankeruitslag. Ek leer van omgee en ek word geneem vir chemo en weer opgelaai 5 ure later. Rene. En ek leer weereens die waarde van my Sus en Theo en my Boet en Deli. En kleinlyfies. Wie bid en kerse brand. En ry om my te kom haal.

En by Cancercare leer ek dankbaarheid vir stil figure wie geduldig ‘n aar soek vir ‘n chemo drup en wie kombersies aandra.
Ek leer van ontvangsdames wie moeite doen en ‘n onkoloog met ‘n g’n nonsens attitude en ‘n massiewe groot braai malvalekker omgee hart.
Ek leer van mense en grenslose omgee al raak pasiente ongeduldig en onbeskof. Ek staan in awe van mense wie geduldig oor die foon verduidelik dat hulle weet mevrou is bang en ons bel onmiddelik sodra die uitslae kom.
Hoe doen julle dit?
Ek is bang. Dis nuwe onbekende goed en julle glimlag en bly geduldig. Weet julle dat julle in stilte engele is?
Weet julle van my dankbaarheid dat julle dit makliker maak? Julle doen die mediese fonds magtigings en ek haal asem want daaroor hoef ek nie te stres nie. Weet julle hoe waardevol dit is?

Ek sit in stilte terwyl die chemo in my are drup en sien die tiener met ‘n mamma gebreide kombers alleen haar chemo kry. Covid hou mammas en geliefdes uit die chemo kamer. Ek sien die vrou wat naar en bleek haar chemo kry en hospitaal toe gaan vir ontwatering. Ek weet daar is engele wie onsigbaar teen mure leun en oor ons staan en die chemo kamer vul en dat God hulle stuur. Ek sien ou omies en tannies en jong mense en ek sien my.

Chemo maak my bene pyn. Diep seer wat dae aanhou en stadig my so moeg maak. Maar die pyn leer my van my engel Freda wie my sesuur kom oplaai en in die spreekkamer my ‘n drup insit en so die pyn draaglik maak. Ek weet Amor is ‘n engel.
Lankal.
Sy praat moed in en stuur boodskappe na elke chemo.
En skryf voorskrifte vir pyn.
En gee om.
Die spreekkamer van engele.

6 Chemo’s, elkeen 3 weke uitmekaar. En toe 25 bestralings. Een elke dag. Saterdag en Sondag nie. Ek leer geduld. En ek leer van jong vroue wie my help reglê op die bed en dan uitgaan sodat ek bestraling kan kry.
Die masjien se blou liggies is beautiful en teen die plafon maak watervlekke amoebas en luister ek na lekkerkry musiek.

Die jong vrouens is mense.
Soos ek.
En jy.
Pasiënte is soms moeilik en hulle bly geduldig.
Weet hulle hoe waardevol hulle is?

Hulle glimlag en verduidelik en maak my vrese minder. Want al weet ek met my hele hart dat ek nie die pad alleen en onnodig stap nie, en dat my God my plek-plek dra, vrees ek soms. Want bestraling gee gastro en maak my blaas onbeheerbaar, en hulle geduld en lag en glimlag maak dit makliker.
En weer leer ek van ‘n ontvangsdame met engelvlerke. Cancercare, die plek van engele.

En dan leer ek van net vandag. Nie more of gister nie, net vandag.
En dat ‘n deurmekaar huis nie die wêreld se draai laat stop nie. En om dankie te sê. En “Ek is lief vir jou.” Want mense en die vir wie jy lief is, is ongelooflik kosbaar.
Dus, dankie God vir kanker en die leerproses daarvan.

Ek is geseënd.

Carine Ebersohn Die dankbaarheid van kanker Eers ry ek net verby en is dit ‘n iemand anders gebou. Ver weg. Toe word dit ‘n skoonpa gebou. Ons sit regop in die wagkamer en p...

Naas Knoetze 16/10/2021

Naas Knoetze

Naas Knoetze
VIDEO LINK: https://youtu.be/Nxl0kcap_PY

In November 2019, I was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer.
I accepted my situation and face it with positivity.

My art is currently my life. I enjoy painting.
My wife, family, and friends give meaning to my life.

My word of hope to others living with cancer:
“Embrace your situation, trust in God,
and depend on your family and friends.”

Naas Knoetze In November 2019, I was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer. I accepted my situation and face it with positivity.My art is currently my life. I enjoy pain...

14/10/2021

Join us for the CancerCare 2021 Footprints of Hope Virtual Art Exhibition. Follow our page and view the art in our 2021 photo album!

Karien Smit 13/10/2021

Karien Smit

Karien Smit
VIDEO LINK: https://youtu.be/gbv16kxlBmM

Ek is Karien Smit en ‘n survivor van kolorektale kanker.
Ek is in 2013 stage 4 gediagnoseer.

Na behandeling verby was het ek n stoma sakkie laat "afhaal."
Die paadjie van magie tot nolletjie was ongelukkig nie oop nie en ek het met septesemia en baie derm probleme te doen gekry en 8 operasies in 3 jaar.

Omdat my pad maar relatief rof was en ek die dood verkeie kere self in die oë gestaar het, en ‘n hele paar vriende en ‘n familielid verloor het, is die boodskap wat ek deur my kuns wil uitbring dat die dood nie die finale sê het nie.

En al sterf party mense, is ons nogsteeds oorwinnaars en ontvangers van ons ewige beloning saam Jesus.

Karien Smit Ek is Karien Smit en ‘n survivor van kolorektale kanker. Ek is in 2013 stage 4 gediagnoseer. Na behandeling verby was het ek n stoma sakkie laat "afhaal." Di...

Jan Raats 12/10/2021

Jan Raats

Jan Raats
VIDEO LINK: https://youtu.be/Q7tHr2M06yk

In 2018, my sister Lesa was diagnosed with stage IV breast cancer. My father-in-law had prostate cancer.

This portrait entitled Precious Life I did of my sister in her last days of her cancer fight. Hospice played an incredible role in those final months of my her life.

I am a professional artist, fortunate enough to live my passion. I’m based in Knysna and my studio is on Thesen Harbour Town.

The therapeutic impact of art is well-researched. As a post-conflict and post-emergency humanitarian, working in some of the most amazing countries in the world, I’ve been fortunate to use art as a composing tool for counselling children, as well as addressing gender-based violence and post-traumatic stress disorders.

Jan Raats In 2018, my sister Lesa was diagnosed with stage IV breast cancer. My father-in-law had prostate cancer.This portrait entitled Precious Life I did of my sist...

Samantha du Plessis 11/10/2021

Samantha du Plessis

Samantha du Plessis
In loving memory of Clinton Cole
VIDEO LINK: https://youtu.be/HjZyK3xpk20

For the Footprints of Hope Art Exhibition 2021, I have chosen art that can relate to my brother who lost his life last year to cancer.

Clinton was diagnosed with esophageal cancer in February 2019. After surgery to remove the tumor and part of his stomach and esophagus, he was found to be clear from cancer; however, later he presented with recurrent cancer and received chemo.

The cancer continued to spread into his bones and the lining between the skull and brain. Radiation was offered, but he chose not to continue. Clinton passed away on 2 July 2020.

My work focuses on the feelings of losing a brother, father, and son as I see it from my perspective. It shows something of how my mother lost her son – of how all of us lost someone who was a big part of all our lives.

Included in my exhibition work is a letter from my mom to my brother.

Samantha du Plessis In loving memory of Clinton Cole For the Footprints of Hope Art Exhibition 2021, I have chosen art that can relate to my brother who lost his life last year ...

Photos from CompassionHat's post 10/10/2021

Photos from CompassionHat's post

Sandi Rosin 10/10/2021

Sandi Rosin

Sandi Rosin
VIDEO LINK: https://youtu.be/DHS4Rr0CkyQ

I have always loved to draw.
From a toddler, drawing on the walls in my parents’ house, to taking art as a subject at school, and then studying printmaking for 3 years after school.

Then for the next 15 years, I treated my art as a hobby, drawing for fun only.
Then in about 2013, I took my art to a more serious level – I decided to follow my heart and try making a living from selling my art.

There have been ups and downs. I am very grateful for my loving and supportive husband who has always been there for me during those down times! I will never stop drawing.

When I was first diagnosed with cancer in 2017, I took a break from drawing – my mind was too distracted, and I wasn’t drawing well. But, during my treatments, something changed – my faith and belief in God grew so much stronger, I was feeling happy again and started drawing again. I even had my sketch book with me at hospital in which I would often sketch.

It had now become my form of meditation. With music playing in my ears and pen in hand, I entered MY world – a world of harmony, peace, and love.

Being diagnosed with cancer has most definitely brought me so much closer to God and towards understanding how much He loves us. It also taught me to live in the “nowness” of this beautiful life. I still have much to learn. I’ve been in remission since August 2017.

What gives meaning to me? My family, family, family! My doggies and the wonderful, magical beauty of nature that surrounds me.
I live in The Crags, so mountains, forests, fynbos, and my favorite – beach walks with my dogs.
Keeping my life simple.
No drama.
Lots of prayer.

What am I looking forward to?
Seeing my 13-year-old daughter grow into the beautiful, kind, and loving young woman I know she will be.

Sandi Rosin I have always loved to draw. From a toddler, drawing on the walls in my parents’ house, to taking art as a subject at school, and then studying printmaking f...

Rolina Lerm 09/10/2021

Rolina Lerm

Rolina Lerm
VIDEO LINK: https://youtu.be/xCjA54LlFWI

Kanker is in September 2007 by my gediagnoseer. Na sewe weke in die Kaap in die hospitaal, chemo en bestraling in 2008, is ek gesond.

Na ek ontslaan was uit die hospitaal, het ek geen verdere siekverlof geneem nie, maar was terug by my werk vir die eindeksamen (ek was ‘n onderwyseres).
Ek het op 68 afgetree, maar was bevoorreg om een maand ‘n week vir tuisskool-leerders kuns aan te bied. Ek bied ook een maal ‘n week mosaik en verf-klasse aan vir volwassenes.

My siening in die lewe: Om die lewe te geniet se eerse voorwaarde is om tevrede te wees. Wees tevrede met wat jy het, wat jy doen en wat jou omstandighede is. ‘n Tevrede mens is dus ‘n gelukkige en dankbare mens.

Ek is ‘n dankbare mens!

Rolina Lerm Kanker is in September 2007 by my gediagnoseer. Na sewe weke in die Kaap in die hospitaal, chemo en bestraling in 2008, is ek gesond. Na ek ontslaan was uit...

Marnelle van Zyl 08/10/2021

Marnelle van Zyl

Marnelle van Zyl
VIDEO LINK: https://youtu.be/atIGDRNhXVY

I was first diagnosed in November 2015 with Stage 4 colon cancer. In 2017, there was no evidence of the disease.

In November 2019, I had a hysterectomy and they found cancerous cells behind my uterus. I am currently undergoing treatment.

Whilst I was in “remission,” my father was diagnosed with both colon cancer and lymphoma. He passed away in March 2020.

During the covid-19 lockdown in 2020, I was forced to choose between Bloemfontein (where we used to live, and I had my practice) or Mossel Bay (where my husband was currently residing as part of his work). I chose to stay with him in Mossel Bay and was EXTREMELY bored. I’d always wanted to do art, but never quite found the time.
So, I started drawing during lockdown as part of the Instagram #creativecoronachallenge. I loved it and realized that I should make more time for art in my life.

When working on a new project, I have a reason to get out of bed. There is a lot of healing and processing as part of the creative process. I used to live for my work as a psychologist, and with cancer, the energy I put into myself is often more crucial than that which I put into others. Art is a way for me to balance the two.

I have learnt the following lessons from cancer:
1. Preparation is important, but acceptance is crucial: You can read as much as you want about as many things as you wish; often, it will not change the situation at hand. The biggest obstacles in life are often unforeseen.
2. STOP, LISTEN, OBSERVE: When you feel overwhelmed, taking a moment to really observe your environment takes you out of your head and places you back in the present moment. There is so much beauty in the world, we just need to stop and recognize it.
3. Appreciation: Sometimes we miss the value of opening our eyes, getting up without effort, and taking a p**s without pain. Appreciate the small acts of kindness and tiny blessings we take for granted – a friendly and caring doctor, a morning coffee when you’re tired, or even a good joke when your mind is cluttered.
4. Explore: We have many talents we neglect due to responsibilities. Take the time to revisit parts of yourself smothered by duty, responsibility, and commitment.
5. Replace regret with action: We can spend every day wishing we had another, or we can live today with intention. I choose the latter.

I find hope and meaning in knowing we are all part of a master plan. It’s not about me, or what I want, but how my situation, experiences, and “being” can be used to guide, support, or encourage others towards their destiny.

I look forward to TODAY, a Smile, a Joke, a Hug,
a Moment captured in memory.

Marnelle van Zyl I was first diagnosed in November 2015 with Stage 4 colon cancer. In 2017, there was no evidence of the disease. In November 2019, I had a hysterectomy and t...

Ohna Terblanche 07/10/2021

Ohna Terblanche

Ohna Terblanche
VIDEO LINK: https://youtu.be/BTTRI4NyznE

Ek is in 2019 gediagnoseer met DCIS (carcinoma in situ) in my linkerbors. Omdat ek reeds vanaf

28-jarige ouderdom sukkel met gewasse in beide borste en reeds 6 operasies ondergaan het om dit te verwyder is daar besluit om beide borste te verwyder deur middel van 'n mastektomie. Vir my was die verwydering van my borste eintlik aanvanklik 'n verligting. Soos ek my voorgestel het, hoef ek nou nooit weer bekommerd te wees oor mammogramme en moontlike kankergewasse nie.

Groot was my teleurstelling dat ek vir die volgende 5 jaar elke 3 maande moes gaan vir opvolgtoetse vir die moontlike terugkeer van die hormoonverwante kanker. Die behandeling met hormoononderdrukkers het ook 'n baie negatiewe effek op my gesondheid gehad. Na 6 maande is ek gediagnoseer met "eosinophilic vasculitis with suprabasal blisters," 'n nare velkwaal met geen einde en geen waarborg van gesondword nie. Wanneer mens die woord ongeneeslik hoor en soveel ongemak ervaar sien jy gewoonlik nie uitkoms nie. Gelukkig is ek diep gelowig en het dadelik my hoop op God gevestig. Ek moes al my medikasie onmiddellik stop en het besluit om so gesond moontlik te probeer lewe.

My kuns het my baie gehelp om die ongelooflike pyn en ongemak van die siekte te verwerk. Ek het werklik begin verstaan dat ons nie die aanvalle van satan hier op aarde kan teestaan sonder die Heilige Gees nie. Wanneer God oorneem en Sy Gees in ons werksaam is, hoef ons net oor te gee. Sy liefde en blydskap kom bly dan binne-in ons en verander ons hele uitkyk op die aardse lewe. Sy vreugde oor Sy kind wat op Hom vertrou en nie op haarself nie, kom word deel van jou lewe en dis presies wat met my gebeur het.

Ek het begin om my verstaan van God met my skilderye uit te beeld en soveel oor myself en God begin leer. Elke skildery was 'n geestelike leerskool van genesing. Vandag is ek in remissie en 80% gesond, gaan gereeld vir my toetse, eet gesond en kry genoeg oefening. Ek is ongelooflik lief vir die Here, Hy dring my om ander te ondersteun wat dieselfde pad as ek stap. Ek geniet elke dag en is dankbaar vir my gesondheid, dit is 'n gawe van die Here.

Ek sien uit daarna om voluit vir die Here te werk en is sensitief vir Sy stem.
Ek wil net nooit ooit weer in beheer van my lewe wees nie.
Ek voel veilig in God se hande.

Ohna Terblanche Ek is in 2019 gediagnoseer met DCIS (carcinoma in situ) in my linkerbors. Omdat ek reeds vanaf 28-jarige ouderdom sukkel met gewasse in beide borste en reed...

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