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I would love to share with everybody what happened to me and the miracle that God did in my life – it is lengthy, but I would like to share the entire experience!
Late in October I had an unusual experience (for me) – I was suddenly so tired and without energy I couldn’t wait to get home at night so I could shower and lie down. Sometimes at work it felt if I would fall off my chair and had to hold on to my desk to keep upright. But – it is the end of the year, and it was a particularly hectic year, both at work and personally - I could not wait for the year end break so that I could rest and recover a bit.
Early November I visited our GP and he sent me off for a full spectrum of blood tests to determine the reason for my lack of energy. Later that afternoon (– on a Saturday) he called and said that I had to be admitted to hospital for serious blood and organ tests as there was definitely something seriously wrong. I had a hectic week planned and arranged to be admitted the next Thursday. In hospital everything that was tested came out positive and clean, except that my blood count was extremely low. As a last resort they drew some bone marrow – and then the bomb exploded in my face – one of the most aggressive forms of leukemia!
Then I was caught up in a whirlwind of things that happened so quickly that I could not keep up. As an ambulance could not be found (and was extremely expensive), my wife Ria took me in our car to the Little Company of Mary ( now Groenkloof Hospital) where I was admitted and treatment started immediately. Needles to state – I was in no ways prepared for what was to follow !
The initial treatment was that I received only chemo for 8 days, 24/7 – through a ‘port’ that was implanted permanently beneath my collar bone bone. The result of this was that my body had NO resistance against any form of infection and I was in total isolation, with only my wife allowed to to visit – with mask and sanitized hands. Following the initial 8 day intensive chemo treatment, the treatment started to prompt my body to recover and building up the immune system by itself.
There is no way that I am able to describe how tired I was and how bad I felt, and then the spiritual assault started in earnest :
- what if the chemo treatment has no effect ?
- if I die now, am I ready and will I go to Heaven?
- whatever made me so certain that Jesus died for me and that I have been saved by His grace?
- There were a lot more – and my sleeping pill worked until about one or two o’clock in the morning, and then I was awake – there is no way to describe the darkness at that hour!
During these dark hours there were a few thing things that kept me going :
- An old, old song from my small-child days meant so much : ‘ Yes, Jesus loves me, the Bible tells me so!’. I am so grateful that we learnt that when I was small – it meant so much and it carried me – Moms and Dads, please allow your kids the privilege of getting to know Jesus as their personal Saviour – they will need it in this world wherein they grow up!
- I viewed a DVD of Dr Wayne Dyer wherein he conducted an interview with a lady called Anita Moorjani – she was in a coma and tells about this very bright light that she experienced, and with that an unspeakable peace and total, unconditional love. She had to come back to this world with the message – “Live fearlessly – now that you know what awaits you” – what encouragement for us, we are afraid of so many things !
- A video clip from Louie Giglio where he states that no matter where you are in your life, God will give you power to take the next breath, and the next, and the next, until you walk out of your problem.
- The message that came through the strongest for me, was from Matthew 8 :When Jesus came down from the mountain a man with leprosy went down into the dust and said to Him : ‘Lord I know that You are able to heal me, if You want to’ And Jesus touched him (that was STRICTLY forbidden in those days) and said ‘I want to, be healed’ and the man was clean! What an eye opener for me – Jesus wants to heal us !
- Somebody sent me video clip with the words : ‘Hold on to Jesus and walk through this storm, God is with you, you are never alone’.
- So many things encouraged me and carried me through it all – and this include a prayer group of four young people who prayed with me one night – thank you – you were Heaven-sent that dark and hopeless night !
Lastly – but most importantly, my wife Ria who was always there for me with a smile, a prayer and an encouraging Word. She is the greatest gift I ever received from God and I can never thank Him enough for her and the support she gave to me !
Thank you to al the prayer groups that carried me through prayer, I received calm and peace in the knowledge that Jesus loves me and that I am saved by his Grace.
I am CLEAN and I praise our God for this miracle – now there are four consolidation treatments ahead that carry through to May, but I am holding on to Jesus !
May each and everyone who reads this be richly blessed – and hold onto Jesus – our God is so big and so strong and Almighty – his miracles still happen every day !
Ek wil graag met julle almal deel wat met my gebeur het en hoe ons God vir my wonders gedoen het – dit is nogal lank, maar ek wil so graag die hele ervaring met julle deel !
Laat Oktober het ek skielik onstettend moeg en kragteloos gevoel, tot so n mate dat ek verskeie kere by die werk agter my lessenaar gevoel het dat ek van my stoel gaan afval – so moeg en gedaan was ek. Maar – ‘n mens dink mos maar, dis jaareinde, dit was n baie besige jaar op verskeie fronte, persoonlik en by die werk.
Vroeg November is ek uiteindelik dokter toe en hy het my gestuur vir uitgebreide bloedtoetse – nogal op n Saterdag! Later daardie middag het hy my gebel – vreemd, dokters doen mos nie meer daardie sort ding nie, en aangedring dat ek binne n uur opgeneem word vir meer bloed- en orgaan toetse – alles is gereel.
Ek kon net nie, my program vir die volgende week was net eenvoudig so vol dat ek op geen manier net alles kon kanselleer nie. Ons het toe afgespreek dat ek die volgende Vrydag oggend by die hospitaal aanmeld. So gedoen, en nadat die opname proses voltooi is, het die toetse begin – alles –weer volle bloedtellings, al my organe soos lewer, niere, prostaat, ens, ens, Die toetse het teruggekom en alles het aangedui dat daar nerens fout was nie – behalwe my bloedtellings wat ongelooflik laag was – en n beenmurg toets is aangevra.
Daardie toets resultate het gewys data ek leukemia het – baie wetenskaplik, maar een van die mees aggressiewe tipes wat jou verskriklik vinnig aanval en vernietig. Dadelik oorgeplaas na die intensiewe sorg eenheid by die ou Little Company of Mary (nou die Groenkloof Hospitaal) – so vinnig dat daar nie tyd was vir n ambulans nie - Ria het my sommer gevat en ek is dadelik opgeneem en saal toe.
Nodeloos om te se, die behandeling het onmiddellik begin – ek was op geen manier voorbereid op wat sou volg nie!
Die behandeling het behels dat ek aanvanklik vir 24 per dag uur vir 8 dae net chemo gekry het wat binne-aars toegedien is – deur n sg. ‘port’ wat onder my linker sleutelbeen ingeplant is. Die gevolg hiervan was dat my liggaam daarna GEEN weerstand kon bied teen enige kieme, virusse of enige ander goggas nie en ek was in totale isolasie, met net Ria wat toegelaat is om my te besoek – met n masker en hande ontsmet voordat sy kon inkom. Na die aanvanklike 8 dae is die chemo vervang deur medisyne wat my weer moes opbou – vir drie weke lank, sodat my liggaam weer sy eie immuniteit kon opbou.
Bo en behalwe die feit dat dit liggaamlik ontsettend moeilik was – geen manier om in woorde te beskryf hoe verskriklik sleg ek gevoel het nie, het die geestelike aanslae begin in alle felheid :
- Se nou die chemo werk nie ?
- Sou ek tot sterwe kom, wat laat my dink ek gaan hemel toe?
- Wat maak my so seker dat ek gered is, en dat Jesus se kruisdood vir my ook was?
- Glo my – daar was baie meer – en die slaappil wat ek gekry het, het my laat slaap tot so eenuur in die oggend, en dan is dit baie donker !
Gedurende hierdie donker tye het ek n paar dinge onthou wat my ongelooflik versterk en bemoedig het :
- ‘n Ou, ou liedjie uit my klein-kinder dae wat ongelooflik baie beteken het : ‘Yes, Jesus loves me, the Bible tells me so !’ En ek was so dankbaar dat ek dit in my kleintyd geleer het – dit het my so versterk en deurgedra! Mammas en Pappas – leer julle kinders van Jesus en Sy opoffering en sterwe en opstanding om ons te red – dit is wat hulle nodig het wanneer hulle groter word en die aanslae teen hulle kom !
- Ek het n ruk gelede n DVD gesien van Dr Wayne Dyer waarin hy n onderhoud gevoer het met n vrou genaamd Anita Moorjani – sy was in n koma en vertel dat sy hierdie helder lig ervaar het, en daarmee saam n ongelooflike vrede en ‘n gevoel van ‘unconditional love’ – maar sy moes terugkom om die boodskap oor te dra : ‘Live fearlessly, because what awaits us is so indescribeable that we need not have any fear to die’. Wat n ongelooflike kragtige boodskap !
- ‘n Video clip van Louie Giglio waarin hy se dat God krag gee gedurende hierdie aanslae, net genoeg vir die volgende asemteug en die volgende tree, hou vas en jy stap daaruit!
- Die boodskap wat my seker die meeste getref het, was die eerste paar verse in Mattheus 8 : Na die bergpredikasie was Jesus op pad na onder om verder te reis en ‘n melaatse het hom voor Jesus neergewerp en geroep : ‘ Here, ek weet U kan my reining, as U wil ! En Jesus het hom aangeraak (iets wat ongehoord was in daardie dae) en gese : ‘Ek wil, wees gereinig !’ En die man is onmiddellik genees! Wow, Jesus WIL ons elkeen genees – dit was vir my ‘n ongelooflike bemoediging!
- ‘n Video clip wat iemand vir mygestuur het waarvan die woorde se : ‘ Hold on to Jesus and walk through this storm, God is with you, you are never alone’
- Daar was nog soveel dinge wat my gehelp het om deur te kom !
Laastens – maar een van die grootste faktore wat my deurgedra het – my vrou Ria wat altyd daar was vir my, met n gebed, ‘n glimlag en ‘n bemoedigende woord! Sy is vir my die grootste gawe wat ek ooit van ons Here ontvang het en ek kan Hom nooit gedoen dankse vir haar en haar ondersteuning nie !
Dankie aan almal en alle gebedsgroepe wat my gedra het, my kalmte het gekom van die wete dat Jesus my ook liefhet en Sy lewe gegee het vir my !
Ek is SKOON, prys ons Here ! Nou le daar nog vier opvolg / konsolidasie behandelings voor wat tot om en by April gaan duur, maar ons vertrou dat ons Here ons ook daardeur sal dra !
Seen vir elkeen van julle – en hou vas aan Jesus – ons God is groot en sterk en Almagtig – en Sy wonderwerke gebeur nog elke dag!
Wonderlike werk wat julle doen Laurika het by ons werk kom besoek afle en ek moet se vrou jy is stunning.
Ek wil weet ek het my dogter se hare gesny en is bereid om ook my eie te sny as ek die hare vir Kanker pasiente kan skenk.
Kan julle my laat weet waar kan ek dit ingee? Ek woon in die Noorde van Pretoria.
Hoop om gou van julle te hoor.
Dankie en groete
Today is the first day I am brave enough to ditch the wig and face the world with my new strange hair. Where previously I had beautiful long blond hair, it is now short, curly, black and grey.
A brave new world
I call the story ‘ours’ because cancer is not something that you can go through alone. It affects the people closest to you and also introduces you to many caring and suffering people that you would otherwise never meet.
On the 7th December 2013, at the end of our church service, the Pastor read out a list of specific people that may want to come for prayer. The invitation was, “for a lady who had discovered something that had shaken her and that she needed courage to face it”. I remember that the previous night, I had said to my husband that I really should get these lumps seen to. I had noticed some thickening in my breast tissue a few months previously, but I was fit and healthy and active, so thought it may just be fibrous tissue. I put off going for a mammogram (because I thought I had had one last year)…. and then we went on a family holiday …..and then our daughter had her tonsils out ….and then our son was graduating and then…..and then…. (Sounds like a typical middle class busy family life.)
This specific invitation for prayer jolted all the excuses aside and so I went up to a couple at the front of the Church for prayer. I told them my situation and they blessed me and asked God to open all the necessary channels for the quickest outcomes and that I would feel His presence with me all the way.
After the service I had a pre-arranged coffee date with a friend I hadn’t seen for a while. She happens to be a radiographer and so I told her my story. She insisted on checking the lumps herself. (Not in the coffee shop!) And she agreed that these needed to be seen to and so it was arranged.
She picked me up at 7am that Monday to go to work with her. We filled out all the forms; had the mammogram ,which came up clear, and the sonar, which showed up some irregularities. By the 11th Dec I had a biopsy and by 17 Dec –after delays because of end-of-year office parties and public holidays, we were quite anxious for the news.
It was our son’s graduation day and we wanted the focus to be on him and celebrating his achievement. I called the doctor early and told her that I did not want the news yet, but I made an appointment for that afternoon to see her anyway. Somehow this made me feel more in control, as opposed to the suspense of waiting.
Better the devil you know….
Our local GP was very calm and asked us if we knew the results. I said I suspected that it was not good and she compassionately confirmed that it was breast cancer. She explained and answered our questions and gave us the details and pre-arranged appointments with the surgeon, oncologist and plastic surgeon. We felt like there was a team of people waiting to help us on this unexpected journey. The news was such a shock, it was difficult to take in and realise that our neatly planned year ahead had been shrunk to the here and now. We broke down when we realized that we had to tell our family and we couldn’t make any promises of the outcome.
Meanwhile back at home…..
We live near a school and unbeknown to us, a handyman had found a little bird that had fallen from a broken nest. He thought that our daughter Rebecca, a student on holiday, would have the time and gentleness to raise the bird. Later a group of dancers went to practice in the school hall and found another chick and had the same idea. So by the time we got home at the end of an emotional day, we had 3 new situations: A graduate son; a mom with breast cancer and two new wet-feathered dependants. What a memorable day.
My only experience of trying to rescue little birds, was finding them very still in a shoe box on the morning after. Rebecca was so excited about the birds, and I was so scared that she would get her heart broken, so, I told God , in no uncertain terms , that if they died He should be very , very scared of me …….as how could He let this gentle girl have a mom with breast cancer and 2 dead birds!!!!
As it turned out, these little grey rump swallows became a centre of hope in our family. Becca researched their diet and nesting habits and woke up in the night to feed them and clean their nest. They squealed for her and the only restful place they enjoyed, was being held on her chest whilst she watched TV.. They were given names: Dora explorer and Mr Claws. They learned to respond to her bird twitters and opened their mouths widely when they heard her coming. It was a beautiful thing to witness and I began to hope that they would live instead of fearing that we would be broken hearted. Rebecca reminded me of the scripture from Matthew 6, which says ‘You are worth more than many sparrows. ‘I also looked up the symbolic meaning of swallows and it refers to supernatural provision.
On the cancer side, we saw the surgeon before Christmas and were more at peace that he would be able to surgically remove all the cancer, but it was a shock when he suggested that a double mastectomy would make more sense, considering the type and spread of cancer cells
As we were only seeing the oncologist and plastic surgeon in January, we had the whole Christmas and New Year holiday to deal with our FEAR!! It seemed such a long and cruel waiting period, but in hindsight I got to come to terms with saying goodbye to my ‘little birds’ on my chest and we as a family got to live with a heightened awareness of the present, being grateful for each moment. Our son David came home with big sheets of coloured card and Koki pens so that we could write out encouraging thoughts and sayings. In a time like this one is forced to look beyond human ability and hold on to a firm truth. In our experience, the only steadfast words we knew came directly from scripture. I decided that, more important than being alive, was knowing that I would live to fulfil a purpose. If I wasn’t to live to love others then why bother fighting for life.
Anchor for the thought life
We wrote out placards of verses and stuck them all over the cupboards and doors.
Only call to me and I will deliver you and you will honour me. Psalm 50.15
God is my refuge and my strength, my ever present help in times of trouble therefore we will not fear. …………..though the mountains give way (I thought of my hills) ………Be still and know that I am God.Psalm 46
Because you are my help I will sing in the shadow of Your wings my soul clings to you. Your right hand upholds me . Psalm 63.7
Fear not for I am with you, be not dismayed for I am your God. I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41.10
…… and many more!
What a privileged time we had to deal with the Fears in our minds and to focus on the joy and purpose for living. We chose to focus on hope.
The Christmas gift
My wicked step--mother –in –law() was out on a 3 month visit from the UK. Earlier in the year her mother had passed away at the age of 95. In October she had picked out a memento of nana’s to give to each family member. Rebecca was given a bracelet that had two flying birds on it. We were amazed at the coincidence of this being the ‘bird’ Christmas.
The week of the 6th – 9th of January was when the relevant medical people would be back at work (this is Cape Town) and my surgical plans and procedures would get under way. It was also the week that the birds were old enough to fly. So on the 5th of January we went down to the school field to attempt the launch of the birds. These swallows were pretty useless at flying when we tested them out and they seemed to crash land and face plant as if they had no innate landing gear. We contacted a bird expert and she told us that we were to throw the birds up as high as possible and when they flew, they would only land when they needed to nest next season. They would also need to feed whilst in flight. We were fascinated and concerned as the birds were so dependent on Becca.
In the middle of the school field, the birds each had a crash landing, but another swallow had flown over us and circled back as if to see what we were doing. As Rebecca was about to launch Dora (round 2) my husband cried out, “look at the swallows”. ‘It was so emotional and overwhelming. A whole flock of birds had come to collect their own. Dora was launched and the birds came around her – she narrowly missed the fence and a nearby tree, but it seemed as if the other birds were coaching her over the obstacles. Claws also had a dramatic first flight, but once again the flock helped and guided him safely into the sky.
As the birds flew off we were crying and laughing and amazed at the miracles of nature. To top it all there was a rainbow in the sky towards the east. It was like a sign of a promise of life and hope and provision.
My own 36 C ‘little birds’ flew off on the 20th January 2014 . My family and friends cared for me with the same dedication and care as the bird handler. My husband was amazing and rallied and said Yes to all people who offered to help(I would have said,” thank you but I’ll be Okay”). I found a whole community of women who came around us, supported, taxied and brought meals for the family. Being a very independent person, I had to let go and learn to receive the care of others. I even got to make friends out of acquaintances.
I have had a few glitches in the healing and treatment process, but crash landings and trial flights are part of a journey of recovery.
There is no rainbow without rain.
Cancer has been the background for us to experience the promise of God’s presence, and the beauty of community love.
Maar als het verder goed af geloop.
Dit sal vir ons n groot eer wees om volgende jaar weer deel te wees van julle wonderlike organisasie.
Hou aan met wat julle doen dis amazing. Baie dankie vir die geleentheid.
Baie geluk aan ieder en elkeen wat gery het julle is almal wenners. Hoop dat ons mekaar volgende jaar weer sal sien.
Sharon & Jaco.
My time was 4h05:38 sec
I really enjoyed the race. Had a strong finish I nailed Chappies and suikerbossie. Gave it my all. And then before I knew it I was finish.
Thank you for being part of pink chicks Next year I will ride for you again. It was great. The wind blew me away almost at Chappies and at
Suikerbossie But I just had a strong finish. And I nailed it wonderful I made sure I drink enough water at the end fill up my bottles and then
I nailed it
Thank you for being part of this great team can't wait for next year 2015 then I must at least do 3h30:00
Pierre Janse van Rensburg
Dankie vir die geleentheid om deel te wees van so 'n wonderlike organisasie. Julle doen "awesome" werk.
My tyd 5H08 vir die eerste Argus is heel aanvaarbaar. Ek het die res van die manne "mis gery", maar daar was baie ander beginners wat my gehelp het "Chappies & Suikerbossie op. Dit was 'n ongelooflike ervaring en sal graag deel wil wees van 2015 se span.
The "CAN" in cancer means to me "You CAN excel with people that support"
Thanks!! to be riding as part as your team....was really a great privilege. Did meet some guys on the road and was a good fun too. Did well on my Mountain bike and finished at 4hr27min.
All glory to our God who protect all of us on the road.
It was an honour to ride for the Pink Chicks and support such a worthy cause, and to be part of such a great team of riders.
The organisation and support was outstanding.
I felt a bit pink going up Chappies, and I had a few chicks pass me up Suikerbossie.
But overall it was a great experience and I'll definitely be looking pretty in pink at Argus 2015.
Keep up the great work.
Was great meeting all of you and I’m definitely riding for Pink Chicks next year again, only this time I’ll train beforehand. Apart from the wind (which actually helped going up Chappies and Suikerbossie) and a puncture going up Chappies my ride was actually quite boring. Time was 04h15. Sorry, no pics. Looking forward to next year!
Gerhard van Rensburg
First time I've been a Pink Chick and have started enjoying wearing pink now.Is this a good sign?
My first Argus as well .Really enjoyed the experience.They say there was some wind. Didn”t notice, too nervous .I paced slowly the first half and flew the second half. Didn't notice Chappies or Suikerbossie. Going too fast.Seeing that I’m turning 62 this year I’m quite happy with my time of 4 hr 40 ish . Target 4 hrs next year.Was great meeting you all and maybe get the nod next year.Hope we all managed to raise a fair amount to a good cause.
Waar begin n mens,my hart het ineengekrimp toe ek jou hoor praat oor jou borskanker. Dit het my trane in my oe laat kry,als wat ek so diep weg gebere het weer so helder by my is. My Liewe man het op die 5dee September 09 dood verongeluk. Middel November 09 het ek uitgevind ek het borskanker, pas 32 geword hoe is dit moontlik?Ek kon nie glo wat met my gebeur nie, my arme kinders Marco 11 en Ruan 5 . Vandag drie jaar later is ek nog skoon en so dankbaar die Liewe Heer se genade is so groot. Ek wou nog altyd iets doen om my dankbaarheid uit te leef en vir ander daar te wees soos my wonderlike famielie en vriende ook daar was vir my en my kinders en nog steeds is.Laurika ek glo jy is die andwoord op my gedagte wat ek nog skaars oor gebid het en nog net oor gewonder het hoe ek n verkil in ander se lewe kan maak. Soos jy gese het jou tyd en liefde en omgee is al wat nodig is om n verskil te maak.......Susan .
Ons almal wardeer dit vreeslik baie. Ook vir die pink arm bandjies wat ons almal dra.
Liefe Groete Terence en. gesin + Landi
Thank very much for your contribution to our organisation’s Breast Cancer awareness. This really meant a lot for SAPS as an organisation. Hope our working relationship will remain and sustain.
May I kindly request you to email us the photos captured at the event as we will like them in our feedback report.
Baie dankie vir die positiewe, spontane manier waarop ons jou kon ontmoet gisteraand by Mary Potter. Die foto’s op jul Webtuiste is pragtig! Moeder met die kombers op die kop lyk te fraai!
Moederlief, Bettie Mc Lean, is baie siek maar jy en jou span kon haar weer laat lag. Die kombersie en keps sal in ons huis ‘n spesiale plekkie kry, en julle sal ook in ons gebede bly.
Kanker is ‘n slegte siekte maar met ‘n Lewende God en met goeie Hoop sal daar weer lig wees aan die einde van die donker tonnel. PinkChicks gee daai hoop!!
Ek is opsoek na ‘n bandjie om te dra, wat kos die bandjie en waar kan ek een kry asb?
Geseende groete en liefde
Countdown by the hour beautiful girls ! Tomorrow morning THE CLIMB kicks off yeah!!!
Going to talk you up, not down, that mountain over the next seven days, taking you right to the top, in Him through Him unto Him! Right, beautiful pink chicks, here we go, hearts minds are lined up with the bodies so PINK CHICKS ROCK ON THE ROCK THEY RE CLIMBERS NOT CAMPERS NOR QUITTERS !
GOD'S GO GIRLS GO ALL THE WAY OK! We never give in nor up, for He has won !Victory is assured ,you re more than conquerors in Him , gals! I know you start right at the foot of of the mountain laying the steps at His Feet (does He not tell us The Mountains are His Footstool....) taking hands as team, join hearts, in His Hand His Heart ! Gve Him every single step for the CAUSE girls !
When you say amen, look the MOUNTAIN TOP IN THE EYE ONCE, then go to the start and dont look to top again till you reach it! Put your full focus on every single small step towards the top, we do it smart, GOAL IS SET, = REACHING THE TOP FULLSTOP WHATEVER IT TAKES! Then break big goal into those many small single steps, achieve each step one by one successful and assuredly you ll reach the top and goal!
Talk yourself up not down as you climb too gals, talk to self, to God, focus focus focus....hey i wanna hear those words over your lips when the climb is easy and tough, LIFE IS GOOD! When it gets tough challenge, i also i wanna hear you say over your lips : IT TOO SHALL PASS , KEEP ON KEEPING ON!, i can...this is growing me this is changing me this is developing me... change is good!
OK , come on girls we can do it! IT S FOR GOOD CAUSE, FREEDOM FIGHTERS FOR CANCER WE ARE, VICTORY GIRLS OF GOD! GO GO GO GIVE IT ALL!
I am sooooooooooooooooooo proud of you all PINK CHICKS ROCK ON OUR ROCK!
Happy Climbing Pink Chicks!
Salute you all in Him GO GO GO GIRLS!!!
'The Inspirational GiG- chick for Pink Chicks"
Ah! Pink might be a cool colour, yeah right! However, take note: Cool Pink Chicks never hibernate in winter, no way baby! Pink Chicks, we melt any sign of winter , soft & cool with a warmth only us chicks in pink can signal forth!
Mmmmmh curious about whats-up in the PINK CHICK PIPELINE…. Let me still your curiousity! Now check this out…
1. KILIMANJARO TEAM ARE ON THEIR WAY TO GO CLIMB CLIMB CLIMB!
Wednesday, yeah right…this coming Wednesday is departure date for the PINK CHICK TEAM who ll be climbing out KILIMANJARO! Hey girls you rock on The Rock you Pink-Rock-Chicks!!! So proud you wow!!! Mmmmmmmh you can believe it, a PINK COOL WELCOME HOME PARTY will be awaiting you right back here in Sonshine SA 28 July in Boksburg! (close to the airport – see we consider your convenience at all times…just a short enough trip not to drain you before we spoil you yeah!!! PARTY TIME BABY!!!)
One thing about us pink chicks ! We know HOW to climb mountains baby! WE RE BORN CLIMBERS….NONE OF US CAMPERS AND QUITTERS NO WAY, WE RE CLIMBERS – ONE WAY CLIMBERS! Go gals go go go!!! Let s do it!
2. WALK THE TALK time clock ticking….
Whoop Whoop 22 July is THE DAY for us PINK CHICKS when we not only talk the talk but walk the walk baby! We cant wait for this walk – SA SUPPORT WOW WOW WOW alongside with us – we salute you all and say BIG PINK COOL THANK YOU wow!
BUT BUT BUT…. PINK CHICKS ? As you know girls just wanna have fun & these chicks are kick ass chicks be assured so mmmmmh we know HOW TO CREATE FUN baby! Thus no surprise:
3. PARTY TIME FOR THE PINK CHICKS . . . 21 July !
21 July we are having a “ ANY DAY WITH HAIR IS A GOOD DAY” . . .
• Race Packs will be handed out this day – this event
• INFO to follow….. watch this space !
From myself , a little piece of heaven wrapped in red…going PINK with the PINK CHICKS… keep warm, till I pop in for the next update on “us pink chicks” …. GO PINK CHICKS!!!
Even though there might be an empty space in your life you will always carry the memories of them in your heart and these memories must serve to bring a smile on your face and enable you to enjoy life to the fullest. For the people still struggling with the big fight or for the courageous survivors I have the following:
“The survival of the fittest is the ageless law of nature, but the fittest are rarely the strongest. The fittest are those endowed with the qualifications for adaptation, the ability to accept the inevitable and conform to the unavoidable, to harmonize with existing or changing conditions.
You have the power within you and with the love of God to get through this struggle as well. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank everybody involved with Pink Chicks, from donors and sponsors to family and friends for the support provided to this Foundation. Without your support Pink Chicks cannot continue nor achieve our vision of giving hope and saving lives of those living with cancer.
If you are going away for this holiday, travel safely and even if you are staying at home enjoy this precious time with your loved ones. Use this time to build new and loving memories.
On behalf of Pink Chicks I would like to wish you a very safe and Happy Festive Season. See you in the New Year!
Thanks to Sonia who picked up the race numbers (and believe me, it was a big mess), and Jaco and Chimone who delivered all the goody bags/race numbers to the team members. If you want to join me on Sunday to support the cyclist, send me an email, and we can make the necessary arrangements
MapIT and Altech Netstar providing an online route map for the Momentum 94.7 Cycle Challenge to track the Pink Chicks team live. The tracking can be viewed on the websites but will only go live on Sunday 20th of November 2011
The website link is: http://947.mapservice.co.za/
This is for supporters who are at home and have internet connection.(Best viewed on PC, Laptop or tablet)
The mobile website link: www.mapit.mobi/947/
This is for supporters who are there on the day. You can enter Pink Chicks to track the team and information like distance, speed, etc. and you can follow the team’s progress – best for cell phones
Meet the team
Roy Madden (Team Leader)
Alison Frances Holtshousen
Chris van Zyl
Christopher Anthony Davidson
Elaine de Witt
Gary Leslie Madden
Kevin Andrew Purves
Sidney Cawood Robson
Thank you, and your wonderfull family for the incredible support that you have offered Lesly and I during the past 6 weeks.
We would neve have coped without you, and know that you are always there for us.
I also wnat you to know that WHENEVER you need a weekend away for any of your patients you can push my button.
Love Andrew Lesly Tammy & Melissa
Chris van Zyl
Gerhard van der Merwe
Johan de Bruyn
Unfortunately Bernard’s sister-in- law was in a car accident yesterday, and the prognoses are not very good. Bernard and Marie-Louise you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers!
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Cut & Blow
There was a few new faces, but also a few that we have seen before. Our hearts went out to the little ones and their parents especially, ranging in age from 13 months to 5 years. Also some of the older patients, who is currently pulling heavy at their burden.
We did the little we can do to liven up the place slightly, gave them some ‘lekke’ treats, sponsored by Spur Atterbury, small little gifts, talked with some of them, to explain the process better and prayed with some of them. Reminded them that when you think there is nothing you can do, you can always pray. This should be your first line of defence, as well as your last.
All and all, it was a blessing for me and Laurika both, spending our morning with these, very special, very brave people, and we just wish there was more we can do.
May the Lord be with you and guide you. May He keep you safe from harm and bless you all with long, healthy lives.
Ek wil net baie dankie se dat jy so gaaf was om jou Sondagoggend op te offer om met my ouma te gesels oor wat vir haar voorle. Dit is so lekker en gerusstellend om te weet dat daar 'pink angels' daar buite is, om die pad wat voorle net bietjie minder bedroefd en hartseer te laat lyk. Ek dink noudat my ouma en oupa bietjie beter verstaan wat aangaan en wat voorle, gaan hulle die chemo sommer met 'n baie meer geruste hart deurmaak.
Die Here het jou op hierdie wereld geplaas met 'n rede. Baie dankie vir al jou harde werk, liefde en hulp. Ek is jou ewig dankbaar 🙂
Bless you all
keep up the greate work.