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Zoleka Mandela tackles the effects of chemotherapy head-on

When Hope WhispersZoleka Mandela, who is battling a renewed cancer scare, has decided to tackle the effects of chemotherapy head-on by shaving off her hair.

Mandela’s hair has been falling out due to gruelling chemo sessions‚ but instead of feeling defeated she has opted for bravely shaving her head.

“Sunday‚ 21st August 2016 marks the day I finally shaved off the little hair my chemotherapy left on my head! The eyebrows are on their way too as you can see but it all grows back‚” she said on Instagram.

Mandela, who has been sharing her journey with her followers in an attempt to inspire other cancer sufferers, has said that she’s not concerned by the loss of her hair and feels strong. She still has to undergo eight more sessions of chemotherapy.

“I’m not bothered! I don’t mind that my chin hairs are no longer growing either‚ I was never into the Catfish look anyway!!!

“I feel completely liberated at this point and much stronger too! Time to knock the next 8 sessions out the ball park.”

Mandela was first diagnosed with breast cancer about five years ago and had been in remission until a few months ago. She wrote about her journey in a powerful book, When Hope Whispers, published by Jacana Media in 2013.

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In May this year Mandela announced that her battle with cancer was not over after a cancerous lump was discovered in her breast. As a result she had to go under the knife to remove the tumour and reconstruct her breast. She started chemo a month later.

Sunday, 21st August 2016 marks the day I finally shaved off the little hair my Chemotherapy left on my head! The eyebrows are on their way too as you can see but it all grows back, I'm not bothered! I don't mind that my chin hairs are no longer growing either, I was never into the Catfish look anyway!!! This is the result of only 4 treatments! I have my 5th Chemotherapy tomorrow, I feel completely liberated at this point and much stronger too! Time to knock the next 8 sessions out the ball park … #KnowYourCancer #SilenceCancer #Chemotherapy #GemCisplatin #LuminalBCancer #LuminalTypeBMammaryCarcinoma #Recurrence #BreastCancerSurvivor #ZolekaMandelaFoundation

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When Hope Whispers

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