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Zoleka Mandela already preparing for her funeral

South African author and activist Zoleka Mandela is celebrating finally finishing radiation treatment therapy for her brain.

The mum of six who has terminal cancer has been sharing updates about her journey as her cancer returned for the third time.

Zoleka survived breast cancer twice and was diagnosed with stage three bones, lung and liver cancer. She was also recently diagnosed with brain cancer.

Zoleka Mandela

Taking to social media on Tuesday, 2 May, the writer, activist, and Nelson Mandela’s granddaughter said she’s back at home and is done with her radiation treatment therapy.

Dear Diary! Guess what happened today? I had my last and 10th Radiation Treatment to my brain. I even got to take my Radiation Mask with me, as memorabilia!!! My Radiation Oncologist has also asked me to discontinue the STEROIDS, I’m back home and feeling indebted!!! Next form of treatments is with my Medical Oncologist. Peace. Passion. Positivity,” she wrote.

Zoleka Mandela

Zoleka was recently on eNCA for an interview, where she revealed she’s already planning for her funeral.

“I feel like I’m in a place where I’m running out of time, but at the same time, I’m living my life,” she said.

“But I’m capturing stories in my own way. I’ve got plans for my kids, I’ve got plans for my funeral, I’ve got plans about what’s going to happen to me in the days leading to my passing and what happens after. And what kind of legacy I would want for my children,” she continued.

Zoleka sharing with her followers last year in August, she said she didn’t know what to tell her children.

“I don’t even have the words to articulate my thoughts and feelings, the words to describe how scared I am right now. What do I tell my children? How do I tell them that this time around, I may not get to live my life as a survivor? How do I tell them everything will be okay when it’s not? I’m dying … I don’t want to die,” she wrote.

As part of her updates, she has also launched a YouTube channel where she talks about her journey with cancer and being a single mum.


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