Two-time breast cancer survivor Zoleka Mandela is looking back on her road to being cancer free

She took to Instagram this week to share pictures from her breast cancer journey.

Her post could not have come at a better time, as October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

The images show her in hospital during various stages of her treatment. She was diagnosed with cancer in 2012, at the age of 32.

“Today marks 6yrs since I was 1st diagnosed with Breast Cancer… Nine months prior to my diagnosis, I had buried my son Zenawe who turns 7 this year in Heaven. A year before that, I buried my daughter Zenani who turns 21yrs old this year in Heaven… I had refused treatment for the Cancer for 3 months – I had given up, lost faith and wanted to die (sic),” she wrote.

Zoleka, who is the granddaughter of Nelson and Winnie Mandela, says she is “lucky”, “privileged” and remains “blessed to this day”

“I have my son, Zwelami to thank for saving my life. After 16 cycles of Chemotherapy and under the care of Dr. Georgia Demetriou, I was declared Cancer free and (naturally) gave birth to my daughter, Zanyiwe a year after. Prior to my first treatment, I had my eggs and embryos frozen at a local fertility clinic (sic),” she added.

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The breast cancer returned in 2016, which resulted in her undergoing 30 radiation treatments.

“I’m alive today, family support and faith, that I believe is just as crucial as treatment for the disease, continues to be the reason why I am a two time Breast Cancer survivor and currently living my life Cancer free!”

Read her full post below.

 

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Repost from @whatcancernaija using @RepostRegramApp – #Repost @zolekamandela (@get_repost) ??? Today marks 6yrs since I was 1st diagnosed with Breast Cancer, I was diagnosed by Dr. Carol Benn at Milpark Hospital, on the 15th of March 2012 and at the age of 32. 9 months prior to my diagnosis, I had buried my son Zenawe who turns 7 this year in Heaven. A year before that, I buried my daughter Zenani who turns 21yrs old this year in Heaven. I had a Bilateral Mastectomy (removal of both my breasts and breast tissue with immediate reconstruction, performed by Dr. Slabbert – tissue expanders were then inserted and replaced with breast implants soon after. I had refused treatment for the Cancer for 3 months – I had given up, lost faith and wanted to die. I was lucky, privileged and remain blessed to this day, I have my son, Zwelami to thank for saving my life. After 16 cycles of Chemotherapy and under the care of Dr. Georgia Demetriou, I was declared Cancer free and (naturally) gave birth to my daughter, Zanyiwe a year after. Prior to my first treatment, I had my eggs and embryos frozen at a local fertility clinic. On the 6th of April 2016, I was re-diagnosed with Breast Cancer. Following more Chemotherapy treatments at Donald Gordon Medical Centre, I underwent 30 Radiation treatments with Dr. Dino Chetty. Although early detection, giving back to the Cancer community as well as the medical team I have been blessed with, have also played a part in being the reason I’m alive today, family support and faith, that I believe is just as crucial as treatment for the disease, continues to be the reason why I am a two time Breast Cancer survivor and currently living my life Cancer free! #KnowYourCancer #SilenceCancer #BreastCancerSurvivor #BreastImplants #BreastTissueExpanders ##TwoTimeBreastCancerSurvivor #Chemotherapy #Radiation #LuminalBCancer #LuminalTypeBMammaryCarcinoma #BilateralMastectomy #LifeAfterBreastCancer #SurvivingBreastCancer #ChildDeath #ZenaniMandela #ZenaweMandela #WhenHopeWhispers #ZolekaMandela #ZolekaMandelaFoundation #whatcancernaija #breastcancerinnigeria #breastcancerinformation

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