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February
#WorldCancerDay
#WeCanICan

Chaikhwa Nani, Botswana

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At 21years (March 2013) I started experiencing pain on my limb (just below the knee). It was just on and off and very mild. I ignored it for sometime. As time went by my leg began to swell and the pain persisted. Going to the doctor for consultation I was told it was 'just muscle pain/ganglion.' After 2 weeks i started limping and went for an x-ray which revealed an abnormality on the left tibia.

 

Biopsies were done and by then it was October 2013. On 6th November 2013 I was diagnosed with osteosarcoma of the left tibia. The cancer had spread to the nearby muscles and to the fibula. I did above knee amputation and then received 6 cycles of chemotherapy (doxorubicin and carboplatin).

I am a Registered Nurse currently working in an oncology department, coordinating a cancer support group and dreaming to own a hospice in the next few years.

Lets support those fighting, give them hope, and raise awareness. Early detection is the key!!

 

Twitter: @machalobs

 

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