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Zoleka Mandela On Her Recent Cancer Scare

Zoleka Mandela On Her Recent Cancer Scare. Her strength knows no boundaries. Zoleka Mandela is a cancer survivor who is still going strong. She just gave birth to her 5th child, and is enjoying the joys of motherhood. Having noted that though, the author and activist had a cancer scare during her 3rd trimester.

“I found two lumps in my left armpit on the 6th of January 2019 whilst performing a breast self exam,” she said. Zoleka found the lumps in the same region she received 30 breast cancer radiation therapy treatments. Fortunately a breast ultrasound performed by her radiologist revealed that the masses were both non-cancerous and were a result of her breasts preparing themselves to breastfeed.

Zoleka regards herself lucky saying, “I am yet again lucky and blessed to have survived this disease that continues to rob the lives of many women due to delays in detection and treatment, and due to fear and poverty.”

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I found two LUMPS in my left armpit on the 6th of January 2019 whilst performing a BREAST SELF EXAM, in the same region I received 30 breast cancer RADIATION THERAPY treatments, after being re-diagnosed with BREAST CANCER in 2016 and undergoing several CHEMOTHERAPY treatments. These are images I took a month before I gave birth to my 5th child, on the 6th of February 2019. I was previously diagnosed with an ESTROGEN POSITIVE breast cancer, the added estrogen in pregnancy is known to accelerate the rate at which breast cancer cells grow. Having previously (unexpectedly) conceived my 4th child whilst on TAMOXIFEN, a hormone therapy used to prevent the disease, the increased risks of RECURRENCE (the disease coming back again) remained. A breast ULTRASOUND performed by my RADIOLOGIST revealed that the masses were both NON-CANCEROUS and were a result of my breasts preparing themselves to breastfeed although having undergone a BILATERAL MASTECTOMY/double mastectomy (removal of breast tissue matter from both breasts) 7 years ago. Having no milk ducts or nipples, breastfeeding is impossible but it is quite common for breasts to be engorged after childbirth – as not all tissue matter is removed, which was the case with my 4th child. Having conceived naturally after my 1st diagnosis in 2012 and after my 2nd diagnosis in 2016, I am yet again lucky and blessed to have survived this disease that continues to rob the lives of many women due to delays in detection and treatment, and due to fear and poverty. #KnowYourCancer #SilenceCancer #WhenHopeWhispers #ZolekaMandela #ZolekaMandelaFoundation #BreastCancerSurvivor #NcdSurvivor #TwoTimeBreastCancerSurvivor #BreastCancer #RadiationTherapy #Chemotherapy #Tamoxifen #BilateralMastectomy #LifeAfterCancer #LifeAfterBreastCancer #CancerFree #FertilityAfterBreastCancer

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Zoleka has gone through the most in her life, and she is still standing tall. She remains an inspiration to many that you can rise above any situation.

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Today marks 7yrs since I was first diagnosed with BREAST CANCER … 9 months prior to that day, my son (Zenawe) took his last dying breath in my arms, just 2dys after his PREMATURE BIRTH. A year before his burial, my daughter (Zenani) was killed by a drunk driver, shortly after her 13th birthday. I was admitted into hospital a few days before that for an attempted SUICIDE following a DRUG induced psychotic episode that had me attempting to burn myself alive. Surviving PHYSICAL ABUSE and SEX ABUSE as a child and teenager resulted in years of emotional and physical SELF HARMING, as well as a 17 year long battle with a DRUG, ALCOHOL and SEX ADDICTION. August 2019 will officially mark my 9th year of SOBRIETY. I survived a second Breast Cancer diagnosis in 2016 and gave birth to my 5th child, after conceiving my 4th child just 3 months after my last (16th cycle) CHEMOTHERAPY treatment. There is by no means, a novelty in my life but a reminder that each and every one of us are survivors, each worthy of an opportunity to not only change our own narratives but to better the lives of others by simply sharing our own life stories. #NeverTooLateToRewriteYourLifeStory #ZolekaMandela #ZolekaMandelaFoundation #WhenHopeWhispers #BreastCancerSurvivor #BreastCancer #NcdSurvivor #KnowYourCancer #LuminalTypeBMammaryCarcinoma #SilenceCancer #LuminalBCancer #SurvivorOfSexualAbuse #SurvivorOfPhysicalAbuse #RecoveringAddict #SexAddict #Alcoholic #DrugAddict #CocaineAddict #Sobriety #LifeAfterBreastCancer #LifeInSobriety #CancerFree #DrugAddiction

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