Nelson Mandela’s Granddaughter Fights Breast Cancer…Again!

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Beautiful author and activist and granddaughter of Nelson Mandela, Zoleka Mandela, previously battled breast cancer (after being diagnosed at the age of 32), thought she had beaten it five years ago.

However, the 36-year-old found out something that no cancer patient ever wants to hear: the cancer had returned and she was diagnosed for a second time.

Since then Zoleka has bravely used social media to chronicle her fight, and to offer support to other cancer patients and survivors by showing what life is really like with breast cancer. On Instagram she has posted of her hair falling out, her chemotherapy sessions her medication, and a celebration of life with family and friends.

But there’s a bigger reason why she’s documenting it.
“My journey with breast cancer and my now recurrence after 3yrs of remission is to highlight the importance of early detection and how it keeps saving my life, explains Mandela.”

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“Last Neupogen injection that i have to administer myself at home to help boost my white blood cell count (it’s at 0,32 and needs to be at least 1),” says Mandela. “My Oncologist has increased the dosage to an extra 2 injections due to the reason that my count is much lower, this means that body is unable to fight off infection. I wake up in the mornings feeling it’s side effects – soreness in my head, chest, lower back and my entire body at the worst. Still in pain…