There is life after breast cancer

A tight-knit group of breast cancer survivors will head to Nepal and undertake the gruelling trek to Everest Base Camp.

The challengers – Refilwe Sedumedi, Ntokozo Dludla, Nqobile Mazibuko, Professor Elna McIntosh, Soso Thamae, Vanessa Tetlow, Louise Turner and Henrietta van Kramberg – are members of a Breast Health Foundation/Streetschool Development Journeys project called EBC 2016: One Step at a Time.

Each of the brave women has a unique breast cancer survival story but they are united in their desire to do something extraordinary to celebrate their individual journeys and prove that there is life after being diagnosed with breast cancer.

They also aim to raise breast cancer awareness, targeting women from all walks of life.

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Inspiring women to learn more about breast health

“By educating women on breast health issues, we facilitate a sharing of health education with their children, husbands and partners, other family members and their wider circle of friends and associates,” says Turner, who is also the Breast Health Foundation’s COO.

“In fact, South Africa’s social dynamics are such that, for every one woman who survives breast cancer, many more lives are affected positively. That’s because there’s a husband or partner who is not widowed, children who are not orphaned, extended family members who are not bereft and countless friends who are educated.

“If our getting to Base Camp raises enough awareness to prompt just one woman to seek to learn more about breast health, we’ll have achieved our aim,” she says.

One step at a time

A collaboration between Breast Health Foundation and Streetschool Development Journeys, the project is called One Step at a Time because, once diagnosed with cancer, a person lives his or her life one day at a time, one step at a time. Ultimately, any challenge can only be conquered one step at a time.

If our getting to Base Camp raises enough awareness to prompt just one woman to seek to learn more about breast health, we’ll have achieved our aim – Louise Turner

The Breast Health Foundation is a not-for-profit company established in April 2002 to educate the public on breast health and empower men and women diagnosed with breast cancer. They use a multi-disciplinary approach to reach out, educate, diagnose and offer definitive care to all suffering from the disease.

Streetschool Development Journeys specialises in personal development with a strong emphasis on individual learning from personal experience. It works with both groups and individuals, but the most exciting part of its offering is the experiential journeys to the Tibetan exile community in Northern India and expeditions to Nepal.

Breast cancer survivors in training for Everst Base Camp. Henrietta van Kramberg, Prof Elna McIntosh, Vanessa Tetlow and Nqobile Mazibuko.
Breast cancer survivors in training for Everst Base Camp. From left: Henrietta van Kramberg, Prof Elna McIntosh, Vanessa Tetlow and Nqobile Mazibuko.

Training for Everest Base Camp

The group has been preparing for the trek with Streetschool Development Journeys founder, Klasie Wessels.

“I’m no stranger to courage and determination; I see it regularly during the courses I run and the trips I lead to India and Nepal. But I have been inspired by that shown by these fierce and passionate women.

“The training has been hard, because the trek to Everest Base Camp is no picnic. They’ve embraced the regime with guts and commitment. I can’t wait to spend three weeks with them in Nepal; I am certain I’ll learn a great deal,” he said.

For more information about EBC 2016: One Step at a Time, visit the Facebook page and Backabuddy.co.za

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