Almost 7 years ago I had the privilege to meet you. Not for a great occasion, but I would not for anything miss you having been part of my life!
Thank you for walking this incredible path with me; guiding me with your immense knowledge, sharing my deepest fears, joining me for happiness.
Irene, you are my hero. I have the utmost respect for what not only you have done for me, but for the entire cancer community. I am forever grateful.
So, with this, I am closing this chapter in my life and I am excited to go home to Germany.
I will miss our chats and laughter and your utter care you always extended to me.
You have a very special place in my heart. Look after yourself and maybe our paths will cross again. But not in oncology.
With love and gratitude
My name is Lolly (Loraine) Leonard. Soon after my 70th birthday in 2019, I was diagnosed with breast cancer.
I was fortunate that my GP sent me to Vincent Palotti to Anne Gudgeon’s practice to be tested and subsequently treated. Ronelle de Villiers was who I saw originally and since then have dealt with Ronelle and Anne.
At all times I was made to feel cared for.
From the first day I arrived, I was amazed by the individuals and team that I was sent to. In fact, on more than one occasion I asked if these people here in this practice were handpicked as they seemed firstly to explain everything so well and were more than sympathetic to my plight. They all seem to be born to work in oncology. It’s really scary to be told out of the blue that you have cancer.
They even worked my first lot of chemo around a trip I had booked before being diagnosed, a trip I had saved for and was to be my 70th birthday present to myself. To go to Switzerland and see Roger Federer my hero play in his home town tournament.
On the 26th December - after having almost completed my chemotherapy - I fell and broke my femur.
One of the practice’s staff Sharon, who always goes that extra mile, has been more than helpful all along with bills, etc., liaised with my daughter in UK to get me admission to Robin Trust. She is an absolute gem.
I am finished radiation and am busy with my last 7 Herceptin injections. I am now independent again.
I would recommend this practice unreservedly. A lovely bunch of skilled and kind people.
Dear Dr de Villiers,
I can’t believe how time has flown. It feels like yesterday that I started on this journey!
Thank you for your endless patience and kindness over the last 6 months.
It has been an emotional rollercoaster and you have guided and supported me every step of the way.
Your words about making a difference resonated with me.
You have certainly made a difference in my life.
Dear Dr Irene,
My most sincere thanks for your presence during my long journey of Chemo which started on 8 May 2017.
Your positive attitude, openness during discussions and knowledgeability made a lasting impression!
Dear Dr Boeddinghaus
Your kindness and caring play such a big part in my life in lifting the spirit and touching so many hearts and souls, especially mine.
The warmest gratitude of thanking you can’t even begin to express what a wonderful blessing you’ve been.
May you have all the joy your heart can hold, all the smiles a day can bring, and all the blessings a life can unfold.
God bless you and your family mightily.
Getting cancer at 30 in a foreign country was not where I ever imagined myself. At first, I felt like I was drowning in a sea of fear and frustration, I didn't know which way was up.
Following a few scary experiences overseas, I found Dr Boeddinghaus after getting an overwhelming amount of stellar recommendations for her off of a Facebook group. I knew I needed to come back home and start treatment right away.
After just one session, where she answered each and every question I had patiently and calmingly, the seemingly impossible mountain I was dreading to climb became smaller and more manageable, because now I had an experienced and empathetic guide.
Through chemo, I looked forward to my sessions with Dr Boeddinghaus, who was always light, cheery, informed and interested in my life as well as my cancer. My sessions with her were never scary or heavy, even when we spoke about difficult topics.
I'll never forget my final chemo session, which happened during lockdown, where I finally got to ring the bell signifying the end of my chemotherapy. I wasn't allowed visitors but Dr Boeddinghaus took time out of her day to be there to cheer me on.
Whatever happens in the future with my diagnosis, I am confident that I'll get through it, with Dr Boeddinghaus by my side.
Kelly van NiekerkPatient
For any woman to go through cancer is a challenging, scary and devastating experience on so many levels. It truly is an assault on all your senses and emotions.
The Cape Breast Care group is a most special group of oncologists who give so much care and support to their patients. You never feel like just a number to them.
My journey through breast cancer treatment with Dr Irene Boeddinghaus has been life changing, in the most positive way.
From my first consultation, Dr Boeddinghaus was so thorough in her knowledge over my particular case, there was no question that she did not answer with conviction and clarity, backed up with the best medical advice.
In a time of extreme personal anxiety, I was instilled with trust and confidence that I was getting the best medical advice. I felt like I was really being cared for and that Dr Boeddinghaus would be there throughout the process.
The open communication Dr Boeddinghaus afforded me was so important as nothing is simple and straightforward within this disease.
Each woman’s journey is different and complex and therefore the treatment they offer feels individualised.