Nomsa Tshingowe, founder of Cancer 0 Thirty 5 Foundation, had just completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Venda when she was diagnosed with stage three osteosarcoma cancer. She underwent 18 cycles of chemotherapy and two surgeries, then researched the disease and sought out others going through the same experience. “I never saw myself as a victim or blamed anyone for my misfortune. At the time I was diagnosed, I didn’t have any information about cancer,” says Tshingowe. “Even though it was not easy fighting cancer, I was more focused on the positive outcome.” Using her master’s in public health from the University of Limpopo and through her organisation, Tshingowe provides support and raises awareness for cancer survivors. Her work has earned her participation in parliamentary budget speeches for the department of women, youth and persons with disabilities.
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