Lieske's Wedding

Sr Lieske (who is an integral part of the breast Course for Nurses) is getting married to Brad next Saturday.  On Saturday, we had the pre wedding party at our house.  It was lots of fun!  There was masses of food and plenty of noise.

Although it was Lieske's party, it was in fact a team party.  Everyone who came are either involved with patient care at the hospital or part of the Breast Course for Nurses.  I have never seen an estimation of how many health personel are involved with each individual who has been diagnosed with breast cancer.  Obviously it will vary depending on the individual facility and the treatment a women receives.   In our setting, at least 15 people are involved in the diagnostic phase.  I have no idea how many people are involved if a woman is admitted for surgery.  One day, we will have to try and estimate it.

Even if we do that, we will miss out on all the staff involved in training and mentoring.  Amongst the people attending Lieske's party were Sister Hill, (who had trained her), Sr Corriea (ward sister 11 B) and some of the nurses who had trained with her.  She referred to her previous work family and her present work family.  In the latter, she included Gadija and Nadia who work in our office, Gafsa, Margie and MaryAn from Morton and Partners, Anne Gudgeon, Judy and Carol from Well Woman Diagnostics.  In true bride style, she forgot to thank Elaine, her mother, and Brad her husband to be!

Lieske, you looked lovely in your pink tutu and pink bride-to-be sash.  Have a lovely day next Saturday.


Breaking Dawn

On the first Thursday of every month, Cape Town's art galleries stay open until late.  The city becomes very busy with many people visiting galleries and sitting outside cafes eating and drinking.  Last Thursday, Darren Francis opened his exhibition, Breaking Dawn, at the Young Blood studio in Bree Street.

Sr Lieske, Matthew Brutus and Darren Francis

Darren is an enthusiastic amateur photographer.  Some months ago, he contacted us and said he wanted to do a photographic exhibition featuring women who had survived breast cancer.  We put him in contact with some of our patients and last Thursday, we saw the completed project.  Breaking Dawn is his second exhibition

The programme started with Darren giving the background to the project.  He thanked Studio 22 for their sponsorship.  We then listened to Maureen (one of the subjects) talking about her journey.  She told us how grateful she was as her husband shaved his head in solidarity with her whilst she was going through chemotherapy.

Natalie Simpson and Michael Redington
After the speeches, I had the pleasure of meeting up with Natalie Simpson and Michael Redington.  Natalie's mother was the subject for one of the portraits.  She told me that after her mother had had her photograph taken, they had spent a long time talking to each other about all sorts of issues.  She commented that it felt like a therapy session.

Not all the subjects were breast cancer survivors.  MaryAn Haefele (radiographer with Morton and Partners) and Miriam Mutebe (breast surgeon from Kenya) were 2 of the medical personnel who had their pictures taken.
Pam Verhoog and Maryan Haefele 

Miriam Mutebe 

Well done Darren!