Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month Q&A with Dr. Frida Kameti

Why do people attempt suicide? The most common reason is that someone is depressed. When one is depressed, their thinking becomes irrational and so someone will have negative, and often exaggerated, beliefs about themselves, others and their future. There’s a sense of impending doom and feeling worthless, and so suicidal thoughts start to take hold … Continue reading Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month Q&A with Dr. Frida Kameti

JS Kicking Cancer’s Ass Theme 6 of 13: The Chronic Pain

After my mum was diagnosed with stage four breast cancer on Friday June 15, 2012 her oncologist recommended chemotherapy followed by a mastectomy then radiotherapy as her treatment plan. After eight rounds of chemotherapy my mum had a mastectomy in December 2012 followed by radiotherapy in January 2013 to target the cancer that had metastasised … Continue reading JS Kicking Cancer’s Ass Theme 6 of 13: The Chronic Pain

World Suicide Prevention Day

World Suicide Prevention Day is an awareness day observed on September 10th every year, in order to provide worldwide commitment and action to prevent suicides, with various activities around the world since 2003. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), every 40 seconds someone takes their own life. That’s about 800,000 people worldwide every year … Continue reading World Suicide Prevention Day

JS Kicking Cancer’s Ass Theme 5 of 13: The Family

I sustain myself with the love of family. Maya Angelou On an ironically sunny Friday afternoon in June 2012, my mum was diagnosed with stage four breast cancer that had metastasised to her spine. Upon diagnosis my mum’s oncologist recommended chemotherapy followed by a mastectomy then radiotherapy as her treatment plan. After eight rounds of … Continue reading JS Kicking Cancer’s Ass Theme 5 of 13: The Family

JS Kicking Cancer’s Ass Theme 4 of 13: The Firstborn aka The Caregiver

When my mum was diagnosed with stage four breast cancer one sunny Friday afternoon in June 2012, I knew my life would never be the same again. What I did not know was just how monumental the change would be. After being diagnosed with breast cancer my mum’s oncologist recommended chemotherapy followed by a mastectomy … Continue reading JS Kicking Cancer’s Ass Theme 4 of 13: The Firstborn aka The Caregiver