When I was still a biology teacher I always used one of the lessons every year to talk balls and make the boys aware. A few years later a former student of mine invited me for coffee just to say thank you that I made them aware. He said to me: “Because you made us aware I went to the doctor in time. You actually saved my life and I’m 16 years old!” Making a difference in one person’s life makes it worthwhile standing up for cancer and this energises me to talk “balls” as much as I can!
This incident with my former student motivated me to start a project in South Africa called “Love your Nuts - Testicular Cancer Education in a Nutshell”. My goal is to raise awareness of testicular cancer by educating communities about the ‘rarely spoken about’ cancer that often remains undetected in young adults due to the diverse society in South Africa, where cultural taboos, stigmas and lack of knowledge about the subject is plentiful.
Money raised with my project will be used to implement a cancer school program in all South African schools to make kids aware and educate them where to find help and how to support family and friends diagnosed with cancer.
Give wings to your desire!
My aim is to make men aware of this young man’s cancer and I like to encourage cancer patients not to give up! Not only cancer patients! I like to encourage every person to give wings to their desire! Don’t give up on anything that you like to achieve or dream about!
Testicular cancer touched my life.
I left Namibia to live in the most beautiful city in the world – Cape Town! Surrounding me with a beautiful environment nourishes my soul!
Today I’m not teaching anymore but do what I love to do: photography and design – I turned my hobby into my job. Actually I don’t work anymore because a hobby is fun and it doesn’t feel like work! Within 2 years the Love your Nuts campaign which I’ve started on social media took off that I’ve resigned end of 2016 from my work as graphic designer.
Now I’ve got the best job description ever: talking balls and saving lives!
I’m a living example that one can survive cancer – just because of early detection. Listen to your body. Got them? Love them. Check them!