Finding Purpose and Support in Palliative Care: A Personal Journey

Two years ago, I received a diagnosis that changed my life: colon cancer. Since then, my journey has had many challenges and uncertainties. For me, the essence of palliative care lies in the ability to continue living life on my terms despite the obstacles. My family, especially my grandchildren, son, and daughter-in-law, have become my driving force, providing me with purpose and strength during tough times.

The advice I can offer to anyone facing a similar battle: hang in there. Believe in your ability to overcome, and never underestimate the power of prayer. Trust in the expertise of your healthcare team—they are your allies in this fight.

In palliative care, continuity of support and care has been significant. I value having a consistent team I can trust at the hospital and those offering home-based care. Creating strong, trusting relationships with my healthcare team has helped me physically and psychologically, it has made me feel as if I am part of the team.

In my experience, palliative care isn’t just about managing symptoms—it’s about reclaiming control over my life. It’s about finding ways to live despite the circumstances. And with the unwavering support of my loved ones and healthcare team, I am determined to do just that.

So, to anyone embarking on this journey, remember: you are not alone. With faith, perseverance, and the right support system, there’s no obstacle too significant to overcome.


Shared by: A cancer patient in Cape Town