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Update posted by Carol Whiting On Jun 17, 2017

We have a mixed bag of news to share with you today. Lee-Anne has just completed 6 weeks of radiation therapy and her doctor is happy with her progress. The next phase of her treatment requires her to receive anti-oestrogen therapy for a period of five years to prevent the recurrence of breast cancer. Chemotherapy and Radiation alone is not effective enough to stop oestrogen production. Periods may stop but oestrogens are still active and provide fuel for the growth of breast cancer cells. Before Lee-Anne can commence this phase she will have to have a hysterectomy and a bilateral salpingo-oohorectomy (BSO). This is to treat the positive hormone-receptors. Her gynaecologist indicated that as a premenopausal woman of Lee-Anne's build and statue doing both procedures has better breast cancer survival benefits. Her doctor has cautioned her that the medical aid may not necessarily fund certain instruments, procedures or medical staff appointed for this much needed procedure.

On the visa front all applicants must be of an Acceptable Standard of Health before any visa can be approved. Although Lee-Anne had successfully completed her chemotherapy and the MRI confirmed no occurrence of cancer her visa was declined. Her children's visas were approved and although the thought of being separated from them is frightening she wants a brighter future for them. It is for this reason that Lee-Anne urgently needs to complete all treatments so that she is considered of an acceptable health standard to New Zealand Health board.

In the meantime, we are grateful for all financial support, prayers and love for Lee-Anne and her family. Please do not stop praying for us.

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Update posted by Candice Witbooi On Apr 05, 2017

Hi All. Just a brief update on Lee-Anne’s progress. Lee-Anne underwent a full test of 2 hours today: mammogram, sonar, ultrasound and chest X-ray. This was a harrowing, draining and stressful experience. In my mind’s eye I naively saw the doctor saying - no traces of cancer. Sadly, 3 lesions were found but they could not conclusively say whether the lesions were benign or malignant. To answer this question a MRI will be done on Monday. Till then we hope and pray without fail. Thank you for your prayers. God bless

God Bless

Carol



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Dear Friends and Family. It has been a while since I have posted an update on Lee-Anne’s status and I apologise for that. For those familiar with Cape Town will know we are now entering flu-season. Practically the entire family was down with the flu. Fortunately (or unfortunately) Lee-Anne had to see the radiation through despite the sniffles. Her oncologist has advised against her getting a flu jab. Lee is now entering her third week of radiation which is not as invasive as the chemo; however, it leaves her quite tired. Still another three weeks to go. Meanwhile the challenge is to find a gynaecologist who is prepared to do a laparoscopy to remove her ovaries. On the bright side ...Lee-Anne is sporting a new pixie hairstyle - a welcome change for somebody who has had long hair all her life. Will post pics soon. Till then.

Carol Whiting

Update posted by May 21

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Another week, another test! On Wednesday, 26 April, Lee-Anne had a computed tomography (CT Scan) which is a treatment planning scan of which the images are used for the planning of her radiation treatment. We trust that the side effects will not be as severe as those of the chemo.

Carol Whiting

Update posted by Apr 28

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Something to celebrate: when the results of the MRI showed no new malignancy John, Lee-Anne’s dad took her out to a jazz evening to listen to an old timer, Steve Fataar, a former member of the Flames, singing (See the pic). Way before Lee-Anne’s time!! On a lighter note: Lee-Anne’s four year old son watched her getting ready for the event. Because the hair and the eyebrows were gone because of the chemo she had her eyebrows painted on and put on a wig. Her son, watching her transformation reckoned: "Mum, you look ridiculous!’

Carol Whiting

Update posted by Apr 28

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It is hard to believe that it has been 6 months since Lee-Anne was diagnosed with breast cancer. The news left us reeling so the Easter weekend away was a welcome reprieve from all the visits to doctors and the hospital. It provided the family with an opportunity to regroup and put everything into perspective. For the first time since the news broke Lee-Anne could spend quality time with her boys. We are pleased to report that the MRI results show no evidence of local recurrence or new malignancy within either breast. They do, however, recommend a re-look at the ultrasound of the right axilla with a view to a biopsy/FNA of the level I lymph nodes. Lee-Anne is also due to start with radiation soonest. The oncologist also advised a laparoscopy be done to remove her ovaries which could mean that the hormone treatment will be done over a shorter period. We pray that all goes well and the family be reunited in New Zealand soon. Love always Carol

Carol Whiting

Update posted by Apr 18

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Lee-Anne had a MRI on Monday, 10 April to determine whether the lesions found were benign or malignant. Please see the picture of the nurse preparing lee-Anne for the MRI. We continue to pray for a positive result. Love always. Carol

Carol Whiting

Update posted by Apr 11

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Sincere appreciation to Parveen Ebrahim and Alli Naroth for their generous donation. Shukran

Carol Whiting

Posted On Jun 17, 2017

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To the Haricombe (USA) and Stuurman (RSA) families: we apologise for this very delayed acknowledgement of your generous donations. Be assured that we profoundly appreciate your donations and all the words of support and encouragement from you. Much love.

Carol Whiting

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Alvin, Melissa, Yvette, Randall, Clyde, Kayleen, Chad, Mich, Gareth, Lisl, Sean, Dylan and Ronelle ...dear friends of Garth and Candice and therefore Lee-Anne - God bless your kindness. From the bottom of our hearts,, thank you!

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Posted On May 03, 2017

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Dear Marvin and Rochelle. A heartfelt thank you for your generous donation towards Lee-Anne’s healing. Your love and unwavering support mean more than words could express. Love always. Whiting and Dennis families

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To my former colleague ... thank you for your support and prayers

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Dear Isabel. A heartfelt thank you for your generous donation, love and support. You are an inspiration to us.

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