In addition to being Women’s Month, August is also Leukaemia Month.
One of Helderbert Hospice’s volunteers, Doreen Maughan, has been living with leukaemia for the past 20 years.
She has what is called CLL, and has very little ability to fight the infection. This diagnosis has made her want to live every day to the fullest.
At the age of 61, she is still active in her community, although she is still on chemotherapy.
Born in the North West of England, Doreen has worked with special needs children in the UK as well as in Dubai for many years.
Three years ago her husband was transferred to South Africa, and her zest for life made her register as a volunteer at Helderberg Hospice.
Doreen believes in having a routine and making a difference in other people’s lives. She makes sure that she appreciates everyone in her life, as well as the beautiful surroundings she lives in.
In her own words: “I have faith and I firmly believe that everything in one’s life happens for a reason.
“Being sick with leukaemia has made me more determined to live and to not take anything for granted.”
Doreen is very appreciative of the excellent medical care she is receiving in South Africa.
Apart from being a volunteer at Helderberg Hospice, she also fills her days with walks along the beach, knitting and reading.
She is regarded as an inspiration to all women, and Helderberg Hospice says it is grateful to call her family.