• “I see no beginning, middle or end to you. Only boundless strength in your endless arms, the moon and sun in your eyes, your own brilliance scorching the universe.” 

    - Bhagavad Gita 
  • “Give up the drop and become the ocean.” 

    - Rumi 
  • ” How wonderful that nobody needs to wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” 

    - Anne Frank 
  • “She stood in the storm and when the wind did not blow her away, she adjusted her sails.” 

    - Elizabeth Edwards 
  • “What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny in comparison to what lies within us.” 

    - Ralph Waldo Emerson 
  • “The last of the human freedoms is to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.” 

    - Victor Frankl 
  • “You can curse the darkness or you could be the one who lights a candle.” 

    - Anonymous 
  • “We shall not cease from exploration. And the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.” 

    - T.S Elliot 
  • “Cancer could be cruel and send me into misery, but instead it has been kind and has woven rather than unstitching. If it doesn’t let me feel joy without sadness, at least I am so much less likely to feel sadness without joy.” 

    - Jennifer Berger 
NPC Reg No 2007/002115/08

Nan White

I found out that I had cancer in 1995. My husband found the lump while feeling frisky one evening, I just knew it was cancer and that I would be fine. By ten the next morning I had seen my gynae who had taken me by the hand to see a surgeon who immediately did a biopsy. That was a Monday, I heard on Tuesday afternoon that I had cancer and arranged to have a mastectomy on Thursday. That left me one day to organise lifts for my two children to and from school and to buy my poor husband a birthday present. As soon as I could I started to write down my thoughts and the first thing I wrote was to be careful what you wish for as I had always wanted to have a breast reduction. While cancer would not have been my first choice I do now have a lovely chest. I found that humour was my best way of coping with such a huge event in my life. My first thought however the instant I heard “You have got cancer” was to think I am so glad I am not hearing this about my husband or my children. The support of incredible family, friends and doctors is so important and I was extremely blessed to have so many wonderful people around me offering love and care.

Joining the amaBele Belles has been great fun and I am delighted to know such a fantastic group of women. Thanks to you all, to Pam for her passion and care and to the non-cancer paddlers who join us with such dedication, I say thank you. The most important thing I learnt from my cancer experience was to embrace every day as if it were the most important day so far, I just need to remind myself of this every now and then when I forget how much fun life is.