Philipa
Philipa

The last picture with all her hair, Cape Town, South Africa, 2008.

Cutting it off
Cutting it off

Philipa has started her chemotherapy treatment which will continue until April 2009, South Africa, 2008.

Rather than letting her hair fall out, Philip insisted on cutting it off and shaving her head.

Chemo
Chemo

Philipa looks away as a nurse attaches her chemotherapy drip, Christiaan Bernard Memorial Hospital, Cape Town South Africa, 2008.

Handbag
Handbag

Philipa is back in hospital for a mastectomy of her left breast, Christiaan Bernard Memorial Hospital, Cape Town, South Africa, 2009.

Road trip
Road trip

After 6 months of chemotherapy, operations, physiotherapy, and radiation, Philipa undergoes surgery for reconstruction of her left breast. She begins the long road to recovery with a road trip, South Africa, 2010.

It's back
It's back

Philipa is diagnosed with 5 brain tumors. Two, the size of golf balls, are operable. The other three have to be treated with radiation. Cape Town, South Africa, 2011.

Radiation
Radiation

Philipa has to undergo a 10-minute radical radiation therapy every day for 6 weeks, Vincent Pallotti Hospital, Cape Town, South Africa, 2011.

Philipa's mask
Philipa's mask

Vincent Pallotti Hospital, Cape Town, South Africa, 2011.

Control room
Control room

Vincent Pallotti Hospital, Cape Town, South Africa, 2011.

The "Beast"
The "Beast"

Vincent Pallotti Hospital, Cape Town, South Africa, 2011.

Waiting
Waiting

Vincent Pallotti Hospital, Cape Town, South Africa, 2011.

Alone
Alone

Vincent Pallotti Hospital, Cape Town, South Africa, 2011.

At home
At home

Cape Town, South Africa, 2011.

Hair loss, again.
Hair loss, again.

Cape Town, South Africa, 2011.

More radiation
More radiation

Vincent Pallotti Hospital, Cape Town, South Africa, 2011.

After radiation
After radiation

Philipa finishes radiation therapy and continues to be on chronic medication, Cape Town, South Africa, 2011.

The cancer is back, again.
The cancer is back, again.

Philipa is diagnosed with several brain tumors. One, the size of a walnut, is operable. All the other small lesions need to be treated with chemotherapy, Cape Town, South Africa, 2011.

 Philipa, South Africa, November 2011

Philipa, South Africa, November 2011

Philipa on her balcony
Philipa on her balcony

Cape Town, South Africa, 2011.

The end
The end

A CT scan shows that the cancer has continued to spread in Philipa’s brain. Soon after the diagnosis she checks herself into hospital with severe stomach pain. The doctors decide to hold Philipa’s chemotherapy and she is released 5 days later. At home, she collapses and is brought back to hospital.

She has lost the ability to speak, no longer has control over the majority of her body functions and is in constant pain. She stops eating, and shortly afterwards falls into a coma, South Africa, 2012.

Goodbye
Goodbye

Philipa dies on the 28th of February 2012, at Vincent Palotti Hospital, the same hospital where she was born 44 years earlier, Cape Town, South Africa, 2012.

 Philipa’s Story.

Philipa’s Story.

 Philipa’s Story.

Philipa’s Story.

Philipa
Cutting it off
Chemo
Handbag
Road trip
It's back
Radiation
Philipa's mask
Control room
The "Beast"
Waiting
Alone
At home
Hair loss, again.
More radiation
After radiation
The cancer is back, again.
 Philipa, South Africa, November 2011
Philipa on her balcony
The end
Goodbye
 Philipa’s Story.
 Philipa’s Story.
Philipa

The last picture with all her hair, Cape Town, South Africa, 2008.

Cutting it off

Philipa has started her chemotherapy treatment which will continue until April 2009, South Africa, 2008.

Rather than letting her hair fall out, Philip insisted on cutting it off and shaving her head.

Chemo

Philipa looks away as a nurse attaches her chemotherapy drip, Christiaan Bernard Memorial Hospital, Cape Town South Africa, 2008.

Handbag

Philipa is back in hospital for a mastectomy of her left breast, Christiaan Bernard Memorial Hospital, Cape Town, South Africa, 2009.

Road trip

After 6 months of chemotherapy, operations, physiotherapy, and radiation, Philipa undergoes surgery for reconstruction of her left breast. She begins the long road to recovery with a road trip, South Africa, 2010.

It's back

Philipa is diagnosed with 5 brain tumors. Two, the size of golf balls, are operable. The other three have to be treated with radiation. Cape Town, South Africa, 2011.

Radiation

Philipa has to undergo a 10-minute radical radiation therapy every day for 6 weeks, Vincent Pallotti Hospital, Cape Town, South Africa, 2011.

Philipa's mask

Vincent Pallotti Hospital, Cape Town, South Africa, 2011.

Control room

Vincent Pallotti Hospital, Cape Town, South Africa, 2011.

The "Beast"

Vincent Pallotti Hospital, Cape Town, South Africa, 2011.

Waiting

Vincent Pallotti Hospital, Cape Town, South Africa, 2011.

Alone

Vincent Pallotti Hospital, Cape Town, South Africa, 2011.

At home

Cape Town, South Africa, 2011.

Hair loss, again.

Cape Town, South Africa, 2011.

More radiation

Vincent Pallotti Hospital, Cape Town, South Africa, 2011.

After radiation

Philipa finishes radiation therapy and continues to be on chronic medication, Cape Town, South Africa, 2011.

The cancer is back, again.

Philipa is diagnosed with several brain tumors. One, the size of a walnut, is operable. All the other small lesions need to be treated with chemotherapy, Cape Town, South Africa, 2011.

Philipa, South Africa, November 2011

Philipa on her balcony

Cape Town, South Africa, 2011.

The end

A CT scan shows that the cancer has continued to spread in Philipa’s brain. Soon after the diagnosis she checks herself into hospital with severe stomach pain. The doctors decide to hold Philipa’s chemotherapy and she is released 5 days later. At home, she collapses and is brought back to hospital.

She has lost the ability to speak, no longer has control over the majority of her body functions and is in constant pain. She stops eating, and shortly afterwards falls into a coma, South Africa, 2012.

Goodbye

Philipa dies on the 28th of February 2012, at Vincent Palotti Hospital, the same hospital where she was born 44 years earlier, Cape Town, South Africa, 2012.

Philipa’s Story.

Philipa’s Story.

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