Genique's Recovery

In March 2016 our daughter, Genique, was diagnosed with a brain tumor growing from the optic nerve. It's called a Pilocytic Astrocytoma, but she calls it her "mushroom". On 31 Aug 2016, Dr Charlie Teo removed 85-90% of the tumour. Unfortunately Genique's vision was severely affected by the tumour. This blog is about her recovery and the challenges our family face daily. My Story / Video Story

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Reflecting on 2016

As I was reflecting on the year we had as a family and everything we have been through, I can honestly say that this was the toughest and the most amazing year.

The toughest because as of March 2016 we became part of childhood cancer stats!

Our lives changed forever!

I don’t think you ever get over it but rather you learn how to work through it. Some things never get better, but we do. We got stronger. We have learnt how to live with the situation as messy and as ugly as it may be. We fixed what we could and learnt to accept the things we can’t.

This year has been amazing because we were so blessed with generous people with amazing hearts who went out of their way to make this journey a little bit easier. Every prayer, text message, positive vibe, meal and donation, could not have been possible without you!

To all of you: “Thank you”, from the bottom of our hearts.

My wish for everyone is that 2017 bring you an abundance of amazing opportunities, beautiful memories and joyful experiences.

May your positive actions and attitudes inspire others.

May you be brave enough to take on and overcome any challenges, and always keep your integrity even when the choices are hard.

May you have excellent health.

May your hearts be filled with love and have peace, even in the most turbulent times.

May you have a reason to smile every day, and a shoulder to cry on when you need it.

Give freely and forgive willingly, laugh easily (because life is too short), and may you all live well enough to be grateful for every day!


Kind Regards
Sylvia and the Beukes bunch :)