Survival Stories

Story of Survival

Violet Makgomo Khumalo (nee Langa)

Breast Cancer Survivor

I was born on the 12th December 1973 and raised by my maternal grandmother. When I was 13 my younger brother and I moved to stay with our parents in Hammanskraal in Lefatlheng village. I was married and divorced in 2009.

After matriculation, I went on to study Education (BA Ed) at the Unibo (North West University) and later graduated with an  honours degree (B.Ed.). I'm presently employed by the Social Development as a Youth Worker.

In late August 2009 I discovered a small lump under my right breast on my bra line. I ignored it until July 2010 but was concerned that it was not going away and after consulting my doctor, he referred me to take a biopsy. The results came back positive for Breast Cancer.

I underwent an operation on December 1st 2010, my daughter’s birthday. Then I took the Chemotherapy and Radiation treatment soon after. It was the most challenging period of my life and I was worried as I had already lost two aunts to cancer quite recently. The first aunt succumbed to Cervical Cancer and the second was taken by Breast Cancer.

But throughout my ordeal, I received tremendous support from my whole family, my fiancé and work colleagues. I’m now writing a book about this most difficult period of my life and I am reminded of a quote I read from a pop singer that continues to inspire me:

“My Cancer changed my life. I'm grateful for every new, healthy day I have. It has helped me prioritize my life"- Olivia Newton-John.