For almost nine months, Millicent Mulelu, a Sales Manager in Shell Aviation, had been in and out of hospital with constant abdominal pains accompanied by chronic diarrhoea. Doctors were baffled by the cause of her illness.
Out of desperation she went for a second opinion in September 2004. She was immediately sent to the Intensive Care Unit for three days. It was only then that her colorectal cancer was detected. The news was shattering and so began Millicent’s journey of despair.
Whether we like it or not, we know that death is just part of this physical life phenomenon. It’s an inevitable phenomenon we all will go through. We KNOW this in our heart of hearts. We really do. But, that doesn’t make the loss of a loved one any less painful or traumatic.
In the past few weeks, I have been receiving emails and messages to write about this very topic: Coping with loss of a loved one.
“Chris, you have cancer.” Not quite the words I was expecting to hear when I landed in Sydney Australia for our annual Hillsong conference on June 27 this year.
It was 9am in Australia, and my doctor in the US had called to give me the results of the Thyroid biopsy I had done before boarding my flight to Australia.
The C word.
That word normally sends fear, dread and terror surging into the hearts of people.
It sounds so final. Terminal.
It seems like everyone, everywhere has known someone, somewhere who has, or has had, cancer.
Twelve years ago today I became officially cancer-free after receiving healthy bone marrow from a donor — who happened to be my dad.
About 30 days later I went home from an Indianapolis hospital with a bag of medications, a list of foods I had to avoid and a face mask to wear anywhere other than my newly sterilized house.
Other than for well-being check-ups, I never went back.
Three patients share their stories of being diagnosed, being honest about, and living with HIV.
The Changing Face of HIV
“When I walked into the room, the first thing I noticed was that these people didn’t look like me,” says Chelsea White, recalling her first group session with other HIV-positive patients. “They looked like what I thought HIV was—people in recovery from IV drug use, street walkers, and gay men. They didn’t look like me, a young, vibrant, educated woman.”
Dear Beautiful Person (who happens to have diabetes),
Today, you are here. Is there a purpose to your being here? A universal, master purpose? Many claim to have the answer to this, but the honest response is that no one knows. The question is, in fact, irrelevant. You are here. That is a fact. Everything else is just speculation.
It matters not if it's an illusion, a grand plan, a godly design, or a happenchance. You are here.
“I’ve been a fighter all my life,” said my new patient, a middle aged man with thinning hair, a worried wife, and a dismal prognosis. He had worked all his life as a plumber with no health insurance. When he was healthy, it was okay. But now he was sick.
'Cancer is not always a death sentence'
I live beside the sea in the town of Bray, just along the coast from Dublin in Ireland. I’ve been married to Cian for 15 years and we have two children. We built a house in my parents’ garden, and our golden doodle puppy and fat furry tabby cat have space to roam and frolic. All perfectly idyllic. Then came the day, back in 2007, when I was diagnosed with breast cancer for the first time at the age of 33.
I was diagnosed at 23 with stage 4 breast cancer. Little did I know that I would not only be fighting for my life but the life of a baby, one I didn't even know I was pregnant with until I was six months along!
By Kristie West
Easter is another one of these celebratory days that may or may not have religious significance for you but, with or without that, have come to mean time with the ones you love, particularly family.
But when you have lost your mum or dad, especially if this is the first Easter without them, this has the potential to be a very difficult time.
Death and Gratitude – do they go together??
Pretoria- Kathleen Amelia Venter, 78, died 28 November, 2016 at home with her close family members, who were caring for her at the time after a long spell of illness. She leaves behind four children and will be forever in our hearts.
Peter Potter, 59 yrs, passed away suddenly 24th Oct 2016 & is now in the arms of Jesus. Dearly beloved Husband of Carole, Father/in law of Warren, Julie, Dean, Alice. Pops of Jack, Amelia & Tyron, Brother to Lyn. Forever in our hearts. He was strong, fought bravely and will be sorely missed.