I was christened Thokozile which means “be happy”, but I go by the name Victoria. I’m a 42-year old woman whose entire existence was wrapped up in my work and family.  I loved my job as a domestic assistant, and was proud of all I had achieved. When my husband passed away six years ago, my home felt suddenly empty. And after being diagnosed with cancer a year later, my soul felt like a small shard of shattered glass. I was in so much pain.

The treatment process is harsh and there was no escape from the longing in my heart to be well again. To be happy and free. But I am one of the lucky ones. Today I live in love, surrounded by family. My four children and one grandchild are my sanctuary. We live united in the hope of a better future.

My secret to survival is not to think too much. It’s a simple philosophy, which gets me by and will sustain me until I can return to work. When I became sick, I prayed, and believed that I would be well again if I just stayed patient. This is a belief I still hold today.

This story is from the Moments In Time Project.

Moments in Time features specially selected cancer patients with different forms of cancers; all from different backgrounds, who have opened themselves up to the lens of the camera. The project is a visual expression of the fruits of the Human Spirit and irresistibly captures: “hope in the face of despair”, “passion in the face of pain”, “joy in the face of sadness”, and “power in the face of vulnerability”. Each year a range of calendars and diaries are produced to inspire others and celebrate these ambassadors.

The 2011 project’s visual style is complex and handmade, capturing a range of emotions that are young, old, feminine, brave and above all, heartfelt. This powerful work delivers a certain ‘realness’ and honesty while still maintaining a strong artistic edge. The 2011 range of Moments in Time products promise to be a thought provoking and powerful collection of vibrant “slices of life”. It also stands out as being totally different from the previous years, not only in its truly unique design, but also in its complete interactivity. But perhaps the biggest distinction can be found in the fact that the project ambassadors are all beneficiaries of the Moments in Time Trust.  All of these patients, who are not on medical aid, applied to the Trust for financial support and were granted some form of funding relief at a particular point in time over the last few years.

Through stories of courage, faith and fearlessness, Moments in Time reveals the concept of “meaning in life”.

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