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In December 2018, I was diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer. I remember the day I found out about this “dreaded” diagnosis at such a young age of 34. I was terrified, I cried. I saw death! How was this possible, I thought. I had no known history of breast cancer in my family.
Over the years I have been eating relatively healthy. I wasn’t overweight. How then?? Why? I wondered, but never got an answer back.
My clinical team recommended a treatment course which spanned across several months. In February 2019, I started Chemotherapy and finished on July 8th. A month later, I had surgery. My scars are still visible, reminding me of my yesterdays and how long I have come and still to go. In October 2019, I had radiation therapy. My body feels different and i am more hopeful than ever as i look to my last treatment – immunotherapy, to be completed in February 2020.
The journey thus far has not been the easiest but I have refused to let cancer hold me back, I have opted to DARE TO LIVE – to fight this head on.
PURPOSE… “Dare to live” is a phrase that I wrestled with over the past many months. It tossed around my mind as I sat through chemo, session after session. I believed my answer to that was my determination to share my journey with as many people as I can. To inspire as many as I can, to use my journey as a torch not only to shine a light on the way towards fulfillment but also as a symbol of optimism, faith and above all hope. This cannot go without my mention of breast cancer awareness to all who come across my path.
Over the years as I shared my pain, my difficulties and changes in my quality of life, I became exposed to the problems other breast cancer patients and survivors face.
Having been born and raised in Cameroon. I wondered many times the challenges faced by breast cancer patients. I heard stories before but now as a patient and a survivor, I very well picture their pain especially with specialized care not available.
I realized that women in Cameroon and most African countries facing similar medical situation as I am, do not have the resources to improve their quality of life while fighting breast cancer. Many of these breast cancer patients and survivors lack the necessary resources to make this painful journey a little bearable. Resources such as medications, transportation to treatments and even beauty items such as wigs, caps etc are all not easy to find or have.
In my journey, knowing what breast cancer patients in developing countries such as Cameroon experience daily, I count myself fortunate to have received excellent care. I found that irrespective of the resources, one can put in place in these countries, there is a dire need to create breast cancer awareness at both grassroots and national scale.
As I went through each chemo session; from one infusion chair to the other, as I gazed at my surgical scars, and as I go through each radiotherapy treatment submitting my life to the mercy of radiation beams, I was putting together the ideas of a brand new movement to help young women both in the US and in Cameroon. By the time I got to ring that bell after my last radiation treatment, it was all clear to me….the birth of Dare to Live with Anjoh Foundation. What started as a dream from my first infusion chair is now a reality that was launched on October 5th, 2019.
The journey has been real, my road has been steep, there is a long way still to go ..but hey…we all have to dare to live…I am daring to live!
What We Do
To educate young girls, women and men how to identify the early signs and risks of breast cancer. To raise awareness and provide valuable information to those already diagnosed, to know which avenues to contact for the support they need.
To outreach underserved communities and individuals at large, and provide information and access to resources and services they need.
To encourage individuals to take control of their health, mind and body and dare to live their lives wholly.
With Your Help, We are Making The World a Better Place
Anti breat cancer campaign Douala Cameroon. Thanks to the awesome hardworking team in Douala. In spite of their busy schedules they did everything to make sure the event was a success. One woman at a time, one patient at a time, one day at a time. We will do our best to ensure a drastic reduction in breast cancer mortality rates and an increase in early detection.
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Our Mission & Approach
Dare To Live aims to create awareness on breast cancer especially among young women and to raise funds to support and provide resources to cancer centers in Cameroon.
Vision & Goal
To inspire as many as I can, to use my journey as a torch not only to shine a light on the way towards fulfillment but also as a symbol of optimism, of faith and of hope. My goal is to encourage each and every one of us to live our lives and enjoy every moment of it while living to our full potential, through each smooth path, as well as each bump on the journey.
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