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In this inspiring episode, I have a heartfelt chat with Olanrewaju Temitayo Lasisi, an entrepreneur, as she shares on her experiences, during and after her cancer treatment, and on how she summoned up the courage to navigate the process. There is no manual for going through the cancer journey, especially as a single parent. Her story shows the strength of community and its important role in supporting recovery.
You will learn:
- It is crucial to prioritise your health screening appointments, either annual screening, cancer screening, or other health checks available where you live.
- No act of true kindness is too small when done in love.
- There are several ways to provide support even when conversations seem difficult such as sending short messages (“Hey! I’m thinking of you”), a meal, a visit, links to songs, financial aid, a hug, help with grocery shopping or chores, saying a prayer, a smile etc.
- “...For [my] mental health just that phone call, just that “hello” kept me going, it kept me going…”
- “It doesn’t matter what you do, just reach out...”
- Carers may be the children, relatives or friends and they need to be supported.
- ”Let’s not take it for granted that the carers or children are okay…”
- Identifying and accessing the available resources or aids for people going through the cancer treatment helps alleviate the burden.
- If you lift up your hands, people can reach out to support you.
- “You don’t realise [that] people are there for you until you speak out”.
Olanrewaju Temitayo Lasisi is an entrepreneur and the founder of TLB (Totally Liberated), a non-profit which she set up as a result of her own health journey. She holds two Bachelor’s degrees with honours – a degree in English from Lagos State University (1988) and a Business Degree at the University of Luton now University of Bedfordshire UK (1998). A breast cancer survivor herself, she also coaches on grief and trauma, and in her own words, her journey and survival has centred around her faith in God.
She’s a mother and single parent to three awesome daughters ages 29, 26 and 20 years old. Her passion is to continue to raise awareness on both breast and prostate cancer, and to let the African society know that with the right treatment and support they can survive cancer. She likes to share her journey with others to build a community of ‘Totally Liberated’ minds.
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