Stories

TB Success Story: A Positive Attitude

In April 2014 a 44 year old a woman by the name of Naomi* was referred to LadyBrand Hospice. Her partner had deserted her a while back – leaving her and 2 children. The older of the 2 children was studying in Bloemfontein and the youngest was a grade 10 student.

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TB Patient Success Story: Meet Sami

Sami, a young 26 year old Xhosa man, was referred to Helderberg Hospice in Cape Town South Africa in 2011 with HIV and Miliary TB, as well as chronic renal failure. At the time, he was living with his mother in an informal structure which he owns.

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How Crazy Were You for Cancer?

Lace-up for Cancer, a 5 walk or 10 kilometre run event, was the initiative of HPCA’s communications officer, Eric Watlington. Starting small with a handful of staff and a few of their friends in 2013, this year it grew to over 600 participants, with the public enthusiastically taking part on World Cancer Day, 4 February 2015.

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Paediatric Palliative Care: From Theory to Practice

Palliative care for children is defined by the World Health Organisation (WHO), as the active total care of the child's body, mind and spirit, and also involves giving support to the family. South Africa has made great strides toward increasing the number of home based care workers with knowledge of children’s palliative care so that children and their families can receive the care they need.

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Stories of Compassion: Nicky's Journey in Palliative Care

I want to share this life changing story because although I have worked at HPCA for five years  as Dr Liz Gwyther’s PA and have read and heard much about palliative care, it is only now through my Mum’s journey with cancer that I can fully say I understand  what palliative care is  and have now experienced it for myself.

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