KISS THIS, CANCER!

Nicole

"At the age of 27, I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer. When you’re young, you never think that this can happen to you. I had been married for just over a month when I received the worst news. What was meant to be the happiest time of my life, quickly turned into a nightmare. So many things went through my mind, unanswered questions and mixed feelings.

I started chemotherapy in May 2016. The effects of chemo started with mild nausea and fatigue until it hit me a few weeks later with severe stomach pain and nausea. I knew once I’ve started with chemo, I would eventually lose my hair, just the thought of it was terrible. I stayed awake at night, thinking about my life and how different it was supposed to be."

"At the time my son was 3 years old. How could I explain to him that his mother can’t always have play time with him or take him to school? I will always remember going for my chemo appointments and meeting people at every visit, young and old. It made me feel better speaking to them as I knew they were going through similar experiences.

As I continued this journey, I started thinking out of the situation I was in and ways to overcome the thought of cancer. I realised that this did not define who I was or what my purpose in life was. My faith, family and friends played a big role during this time, the support and love were endless. I’ve been asked to share my journey on different platforms and being a quiet, shy girl, this took a lot of courage. I’ve been on the morning talk show “Expresso”, I have been interviewed for podcasts by radio stations, participated in talks at churches and other events e.g. Mother’s Day and Women’s Day. I am now continuing to share my journey confidently whenever the opportunity arises, as I know this will encourage so many people.

I have come to realise that I am good enough, I am beautiful and I am worthy."

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