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Lieutenant-Colonel Mmathapelo Maine, a member of the South African National Defence Force who is a breast cancer survivor has authored a book “I will not lose”.

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LIEUTENANT-COLONEL Mmathapelo Maine, a member of the South African National Defence Force who is a breast cancer survivor has authored a book “I will not lose”.

Maine is based in Pretoria but worked in Kimberly from 1999 until December 2017.

She served as the commander of 10 Anti-Aircraft Regiment in Diskobolos and was the parade commander during the Freedom of the City parade that was held at the city hall in 2017.

Main is also the founder of a non-profit organisation called Tripple-Alphe.

She said that she decided to write a book to raise awareness of the disease that follows the time from when she was diagnosed.

“It is aimed at inspiring those who are battling with the same condition, their families, friends, and so forth. The key message of this book is to motivate individuals in their battle with cancer not to lose the fighting spirit, their focus, their faith, their hope, and so forth. It also touches on spiritual aspects in relation to overcoming life challenges as well as encourages self-examination.”

Maine who is also a mother, wife and activist said she decided to write the book when she was unable to go to work due to a weakened immune system and during the national lockdown last year.

“The book is a reflection on my cancer journey and it aims to raise cancer awareness because the same is rife and real. It is my take that the society parish because of our individual obliviousness surrounding this condition.

“It talks to strategies of how to keep afloat during life challenges and highlights my silver linings in the midst of these challenges.”