Eddy Rust, 35, Brand Manager, Johannesburg
Isn’t it interesting how it’s always easy to start talking about someone else? Some of us are really good at that. Myself on the flip side, I have no problem on making myself heard on a subject that is very close to my heart. If you don’t stand for something, you will fall for everything.
I’m normal working man, who grew up in a very modest Afrikaans home in a small town in the States – the Free States. I’m one of 3 siblings I have two beautiful sisters. After school I took a gap year, and did Service Year for Christ. At that point in my life I really considered becoming a reverend of some sorts. I decided against this and went to the Hotel School instead, and that’s where my career in hospitality and marketing began…
Today I’m the brand manager of a medical firm. My free time, I love spending with close friends and my family. My Dad is my best friend and we are classic car fanatics. We even have a collection of old Volkswagen’s. Over weekends you will find me at antique stores, a car show or socializing with my friends. I try to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Although I go to gym, walking my dog is much more relaxing…
I’m a complex individual; painfully shy at times, vulnerable to criticism, yet opinionated and unyielding in my own personal values and artistic principles. I’m a people’s person and have a lot of love to give, which sometimes results in me getting hurt, but “life without love, is no life at all”.
You see I’m one of the lucky ones. I get to tell a story, My Story….
I’m a Survivor. Putting these feelings, thoughts and experiences down on paper, is almost as hard as withering the storm that surrounds them. I have been living with cancer for a couple of years now, it gets to a point where it’s hard to remember what life was like without it. I look back and think – What a journey! I smile when I say that… Some days are more challenging than others and then the smile is not that big… I wanted a platform to tell my story, to reach people and to educate them about cancer. Above all I wanted a chance to say: “I know how you feel” and “We will survive”.
I’ve learnt that humour can make even a very sick person smile. Especially on those days when you look in the mirror and see yourself with no hair or no colour to your skin. When you say: “Hel maar jy lyk pretty smooth”
This competition is not about me, a title or a prize. I want to give people hope, make a difference, and be part of finding the cure for cancer. Above it all, I want to tell people suffering with cancer that there is hope! You can’t fail if you don’t give up
None who have always been free can understand the terrible fascinating power of the hope of freedom to those who are not free. https://www.facebook.com/groups/572042689504694/