Today is National Women’s Day in South Africa, and this post goes out to all the Women of South Africa to wish you a very ✨Happy Women’s Day!✨
Wherever you are today, and whatever you are doing, we wish you a day of Love & Happiness and hope that you are being treated like a Queen by your Loved Ones.
To those of you who are sad, stressed, ill or otherwise not in the frame of mind or space to celebrate Women’s Day we send out ✨Blessings of Peace, Love & Light!✨
This National Women’s Day marks the 60th anniversary of the great Women’s March of 1956, where on 9 August 1956, about 20 000 women from all walks of life marched to the Union Buildings in Pretoria to protest against legislation aimed at tightening the apartheid government’s control over the movement of black women in urban areas by making them also carry “passes” like black men had to.
Great strides have been made since then to improve the status of women in South Africa, especially post 1994, with women taking up leadership positions in areas previously dominated by men, including both business and political. The National Policy Framework for Women Empowerment and Gender Equality was approved by Cabinet in 2000 and this was followed by a dedicated Ministry for Women in the Presidency.
This video shows the ugly side of pediatric cancer, and just a glimpse into the world of it. Pediatric cancer is not a fun, happy place. It is filled with grief, tears, anger, and great pain for both the child with cancer and his/her family and loved ones.
Paediatric cancer is a killer.
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Little Fighters Cancer Trust is a non-profit organisation started by two individuals who saw the need… We started this trust for cancer babies and their families to give relief to their financial difficulties. We are trying to raise money to help these families. Some of the parents lost their jobs and business because of the medical bills and because they want to give their children the best medical care. These people need petrol money, food, clothes and money for Hospital and Dr bills. From here the Trust has grown to support hundreds of Little Fighters and their families. The Trust volunteers it’s services to any child diagnosed with CANCER and have actively extended our resources to families nationally.
Some of what we aim to assist families with are the following: * Transporting Little Fighters and their families back and forth from hospitals. For many the traveling costs are crippling so we take care of this aspect for the families. * Offering assistance with paying the ever mounting medical expenses these families accrue. Every parent want the best medical care for their child under these circumstances, but medical care is hugely expensive and the majority of our Little Fighter’s families cannot afford medical insurances. * Donations of food, clothing, medical equipment and anything else to alleviate the financial burden of the families. * We organize special outings for Little Fighters and their families when they are able to travel so that they can have a semblance of normality and some fun and laughter. * We organize Prayer and Healing groups whenever one of the Little Fighters in our network has special need for such support or there is a sudden medical crisis.
Donations are needed to fund the medical expenses, food, clothing, medications and other goods given to the little fighters and their families: Little Fighters Cancer Organization FNB Paarl Mall Account nr: 62277783249 Branch code: 250057 Swift code for international donations: FIRNZAJJ Trust Reg No: IT2817/2010 NPO NUMBER: 089 376
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This story was posted on the Little Fighters Cancer Trust FaceBook page, and I just HAD to share it. Being a survivor myself I know what the “Big C” can do, and can only imagine what it does to little bodies and minds, which is why I support LFCT with everything I have got!
When I had to put a title to this note, it struck me. I can’t call it, “Musings of an Onco Mom”, or, “My Child has Cancer”, or even, “When my Child Had Cancer”.
Because I am unaffected. My children are healthy. Before coming involved with Little Fighters Cancer Trust, I did not know anyone with a child who has cancer. Heck, I never even thought children could get cancer!
I am an outsider. Probably just as 90% of people who might read this.
So yes, fellow outsider, I am writing this for YOU.
As I was standing at a two year old’s bed in hospital this morning and held a mother with as much love as I could muster, I though, if only I could get every single person to experience THIS. A little girl, bald and naked under her blankie except for a diaper, opening her eyes, and even in her morphine drugged state, realizes I am a stranger. The panic in her eyes as she looked at me and clung to her mommy’s hand with desperation, saying “no-no-no-no-no-no!”…because she thinks I am another doctor coming to prod and poke her with needles. She calms down a bit and then softly whispers, “ouch” to her mommy, holding out a bruised little hand, her mommy tenderly stroking the purple and black markings…then her bruised ankles. When she hears the medicine trolley come past the room, she again please, “no more-no more- no more” until reassured by her mommy with “no more”.
Terrified, petrified, anxious, scared, bewildered, fearful….what is the word for all of these combined, times 100? THAT was the look in her eyes. And this is what I want everyone to see…yet am working so hard at YOU, dear outsider, not having to ever see that look on your own child’s face. Because, believe you me, if YOU, the unaffected, the outsider, the safe one, COULD see that, everyone would be aware of Childhood Cancer.
Yet, we are struggling to get South Africa AWARE.
What is wrong with a society which can turn a blind eye to the suffering of its own kind? And not only your own kind, but the youngsters, the children, the babies! Are we really so desensitized that we just don’t see anymore? That we don’t really care IF we see or not? Why is it, that a nation can stand up like one man when the national rugby team scores a try but they can’t stand up when their national child killer is busy destroying this nation’s future? People are so quick where there is a nice photo op to say that children are our future…WAKE UP! If the children all die, there IS no future!
So, what are we as the unaffected, the safe ones to do?
Well, I have a suggestion. To start with, open your eyes to the reality. Children get Cancer. Children are poked and prodded. They plead and beg and are scared, in pain…they suffer.
Once your eyes are open, make a commitment. Just get ONE more person AWARE.
I dream of the day that I can see this child again, when I can tell her “NO MORE”…no more Childhood Cancer. Sadly though, without YOU and me and every other outsider, this won’t happen any time soon. Become involved, let your heart love, show compassion, become passionate, become humane again.
- A child battles cancer by dancing through difficulties (normanrbaker.wordpress.com)
- Child’s cancer battle inspires mother (calgaryherald.com)
- Valerie Fund Helps NJ Child Cancer Patients Reach Higher, Want To Give Back (newyork.cbslocal.com)
- Nanomedicine centre to tackle child cancer (news.theage.com.au)
When you live your life with an appreciation of coincidences and their meanings,
you connect with the underlying field of infinite possibilities.
I am sitting here in a very pensive mood, and it is a strange feeling, because exactly 14 years ago today was the time that I lost 3 days of my life in order to gain many more years… I had actually lost count a bit, and thought it may be 15 years this year, but on checking back I see it is 14!
Sat for the first time last night and went through some diary pages I have saved from that time, and the timeline looks something like this
1. Approx 1 mth UTI – tried everything – got worse
2. 03 06 97 09-00 am – GP – diagnosed a UTI
3. 10 06 97 11-10 am – Appt Pieter Rheede T/Berg – definite growth
4. 11 06 97 10-00 am – IVP
5. 12 06 97 11-10 am – Biopsy – home with catheter
6. 13 06 97 11-10 am – Pieter phoned – Stage IV Urethral Carcinoma – in Tuesday, op Thursday
7. 17 06 97 11-10 am – Admission day – Tygerberg – sent home again
8. 19 06 97 11-10 am – See Prof Naude GSH
9. 20 06 97 11-10 am – Prof phones – admission on Sunday, op Tuesday
10. 22 06 97 11-10 am – admitted- delirious- flaking in and out of consciousness
11. 24 06 97 07-10 am – First Op14 hrs 10 mins
12. 31 06 97 05-20am – New bladder bursts
13. 31 06 97 03-15pm – Second Op 3hrs 15mins
14. 07 07 97 09-00am – Gastro nasal tube out
15. 08 07 97 10-00am – 2 x Drips out
16. 08 07 97 10-00am – TPA out
17. 09 07 97 09-00am – 1st drain out
18. 10 07 97 10-00am – small stitches out
19. 10 07 97 10-00am – TPA out
20. 11 07 97 10-00am – 2nd drain out – big stitches out – me out!
21. 01 08 97 08-30 am – Admitted 2 days clamping of SP catheter & trial of SIC
22. 05 08 97 08-00 am – Back to work
Wow, that was quite a month or two, I must say… looks weird when set out like that. I also found a journal entry that I had written on the day I was released from hospital and it was interesting to read how I felt about things on that day.
Anyway all that is left is to thank my Maker for sparing me for so many more years so far, and also many thanks to Proff Naude (ex GSH), Dr Pieter Rheede (ex T/berg & ex SA) and the team of 12 that apparently worked on me during my op. I went through a few small ops in the three years following this saga, but am 14 years in remission today, so am kinda taking stock of what has happened in my life in those years, and whether I have made the best use of them or not!
Guess there is a reason why I was still needed on this earth, so mebbe I need to find out what it is …
Peace out out all of you out there, and remember to take care of your body – it’s the only one you have!Aho, Mitakuye Oyasin! Billi
Troubles are often the tools by which God fashions us for better things.
~ Henry Ward Beecher ~