Breast cancer survivor and road safety activist, Zoleka Mandela’s life is a story that can change many lives.
She became a road safety activist after her 13-year-old daughter Zenani died in a road crash in 2010.
Zoleka herself has been through a lot in terms of going through the process of removing her breasts, of having been sexually abused at a tender age, overcoming cocaine addiction and so much more.
It was touching going through her social media pages where she has been chronicling her life and experiences and we thought to share a few of them.
When her hair fell off as a result of Chemotherapy, she wrote:
“From left to right, top to bottom … My hair loss journey! No wait … The word, “Loss,” here irks me! Hair shouldn’t matter so much that it completely defines who we are, right? It’s never permanent but a reminder that my Chemotherapy is working! In my own personal experience, I feel like there’s so much freedom that comes with shaving my head, being confident of this very thing – owning my balding head will remind those on their own journey that we always have the choice to turn our situations around … Negatives can ALWAYS be transformed into positives! It’s time to cut my losses! See what I just did there? 😂 We’re keeping it moving … Catch you on the flip side!”
Here, she shows how she still makes out time for some exercise:
Don’t laugh at my outfit (I have never worn a tutu in my life) and how I walked my 5kms today in 1hr 53mins! 😂 I was so tired, nausea tried to rear it’s ugly head now and then but I wouldn’t let it stop me from walking for all the things I am grateful for! I felt like stopping after the first 1km but walked the entire way, I’ll be ready for my 6th Chemotherapy session in 1 more day like no one’s business!!! Thank you to @sparladiespta for being the awesomest thing that ever awesomed!!! ❤️ Can’t wait for next year … #SparLadiesRacePta #IamGrateful #Spar #5km #SuperSportsPark #SouthAfricasMostBeautifulRace #SparWomensChallenge
Here, she’s loving on the man who last saw her breast before they were removed:
Maybe having Cancer brought this incredibly handsome Cancerian into my life? Unexpectedly but right on time! We met 2 months before I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer in 2012, the last man to see my BREASTS!!! We conceived naturally 3 months after 16 cycles of Chemotherapy in 2013. He discovered the tumour in my chest 8 days before my 36th birthday in April this year, days away from trying for another baby. Cancer’s been the cause of both my breasts being removed, the degeneration of a few veins, tissue cells, my infertility and hair falling off all over again but I have more than it or Chemotherapy can ever take away from me … Family support, love, hope, laughter, strength, faith, courage and a heck of a whole lot that’s still good about this world – like LIFE … Life with this man – my man! ❤️ I am a better woman for loving you, Mr. Bashala!!! 💋 #MrAndMrsBashala #MrBashala #MyForeverLove #MyCongoleseKnightInShiningKente #TheBash #BashalaFamilyLove #MyMrWhereHaveYouBeenAllMyLife #ThierryBashala #MyAfricanMan
More family love…
Because every fighter deserves a believer … ❤️ Family support is just as important as any treatment for a life threatening disease like Cancer! Photo cred, my other believer – @yourboyzee … #SilenceCancer #KnowYourCancer #BreastCancerSurvivor #Recurrence #LuminalBCancer #LuminalTypeBMammaryCarcinoma #ZolekaMandelaFoundation #EveryDayBlessings #MrsAndMissBashala #ZammieWammie #LittleMissBashala #ZanyiweBashala #MyMiracle