The Front Line
Breast cancer survivor Beryl Aries speaks to us about her medical journey, how she overcame her health challenges through sheer determination and resilience, and life after remission.
The oncologist discovered a 2cm tumour in my left breast via mammogram and ultrasound. I was told that it was in early stage 2, but because of my age, it was best to have it removed.
My family, friends, colleagues, and pastoral family were my biggest support structure. I joined the CANSA organisation as a volunteer, to stay inspired, but also to offer support in terms of hope, motivation, and encouragement to other victims of cancer.
Whilst I was in hospital recovering from surgery, a volunteer from Reach for Recovery Foundation (reach4recovery.org.za) visited me. She explained to me in detail the after-effects of cancer and the trauma that sometimes comes with it.
I was grateful for the insight, but started doing research on my own on how to cope and deal with everything, while still being able to move forward.