Lizelle Knott

Motivational Speaker - East London
Lizelle Knott

 

I was born in Port Elizabeth and attended Riebeek College Girls’ High School in Uitenhage. I completed my National Diploma: Cost and Management Accounting at NMMU. I am currently employed as a Project Coordinator at a Consulting Engineering firm and own a small couture wedding and party invitation and stationery business.

In 2004 my then fiancé and I relocated to East London to pursue a career opportunity that he was presented with. On 7 January 2006 (10 years ago!!!) I married my love, Warren. And on 30 November 2012 we were blessed with the most amazing gift of all, our ray of sunshine and my motivation to persevere, a little boy who we named Grayson.

I love being a wife and a mom, I love being creative, I love travelling and experiencing new cultures, I love cooking, baking and entertaining, I love spoiling my boys and doing special things for others!

In December 1996, at the age of 16 I was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s B-Cell Lymphoma in my chest cavity. I underwent surgery, radiation and 10 rounds of chemo. In October 1997 I was declared in remission and believed I had said good-bye to cancer forever.

But, on 29 January 2014 my world was rocked by another cancer diagnosis. At the age of 33 I was diagnosed with Stage II Breast Cancer in my right breast. I underwent a unilateral mastectomy and immediate reconstruction. I also had six rounds of TC chemo and managed to save my hair using Cold Caps. In August 2014 I was once again declared in remission! I have recently completed 2 years of Tamoxifen and am currently undergoing fertility treatment.

Lizelle Knott

 

I am involved with a national cancer charity called Cancervive. Every year they do a motorbike ride through parts of South Africa educating people on the warning signs of cancer and providing support to cancer patients. The work they do is amazing and I’m hoping to be party of the 2017 ride.

I have recently been included in a new Foschini campaign called Courage to Conquer which was launched at the beginning of October. The campaign will tell the stories of 11 breast cancer patients and survivors and create much needed awareness about the disease.

In March this year I decided to enter the Schwarzkopf Professional Mrs South Africa pageant. I made it through to the Top100 but unfortunately no further. My reason for entering the competition was simple: I want to share my story with as many people as possible! I believed the pageant would provide me with the platform to do so. Even though I wasn’t named a Top25 finalist, so many doors have opened for me and I have been given awesome opportunities to touch lives.

I want to inspire people. I want someone going through a similar journey as I did to look at me and say: “Because of you I didn’t give up”.

I want to encourage woman who have been diagnosed with cancer to realise that regardless of the scars, or the hair loss, or how sick they may feel, they are still beautiful. They’re still a woman, a wife, a mother. And that they were given this life because they are STRONG enough to live it!

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