Velisa Sishuba is another (all cancer fighters should be seen as heros on our website)true hero in the fight against cancer. At only 21, this remarkable young woman, who describes herself as a two-time cancer survivor, has already been on a long journey with the disease, starting when she was in her teens. She is currently a second-year journalism student at the University of Rhodes and her special passionsare the arts, people, music, dance, piano and helping other people.
Her battle with cancer began in 2014, when she was only 17 and was diagnosed with angiosarcoma, a rare cancer in which the cancer grows within the blood vessels and can move to any part of the body — in her case, the breast. In 2014, 2015 and 2016 she had numerous surgeries to remove the tumour and had reconstruction on both breasts after a mastectomy and a reduction of the remaining breast.
Then, in 2017, there was recurrence of the angiosarcoma, this time to the side of her back, and she to undergo surgery again. I this case, however, she also had to go through a three-month course of chemotherapy and, shortly thereafter a month and 10 days of radiation.
“It has been an extremely long road for me but, by God's grace I am still here, I am alive and the blood of Jesus has healed me,” she says.
V, as her friends call her, explains that most people don’t realise that on the long journey with cancer, it's not just about having surgery and getting chemicals put into your body while you keep moving on. It’s that it is all such a slow process and that trying to keep a smile on your face can be the most excruciating thing of all.
She continues to pay tribute to the Check Know Prevent organisation and stresses that what they stand for is extraordinary. Along with many others, they are trying to bring cancer and the underbelly of issues that ordinary people struggle with to the fore.
This is why, V says, she is dedicated to really helping people to deal with cancer, as it is important that not only the patient, but every single person involved in the process, is given the tools and the space to cope and vent their frustrations , as well as too educate themselves on how to resolve the issue together.
She stresses how important it is to check ourselves regularly for any signs or symptoms of cancer in spite of our fears and also to know how to deal with it, as well as to do all we can to prevent it.
“Without God I don't know where I'd be physically, mentally, emotionally and, of course, spiritually. It is incredible how much I've had to overcome, but also how many blessings and special people I’ve encountered along the way. It’s been a tough lesson to experience, but one that has taught me so much about myself and life and I’m especially grateful to Check Know Prevent for all that it does,” V says.
If you want to know more about V and her journey with cancer, look out for the next chapters of her story, which will be appearing on our website soon.