MY BOAT has been rudely rocked and I received a scary wake-up call. I have been neglecting my wellbeing for a considerable time by working too hard.
Living with HIV successfully for 20 years has somehow lulled me into a false sense of security. I thought I was invincible. I forgot that HIV is not the only present danger to my health.
I spent a week ain the Park Lane Clinic after being diagnosed with diabetes. By the time it was diagnosed I was on the verge of falling into a coma or suffering a stroke or even a heart attack.
I am particularly grateful to doctors Pupuma, Mokgatle, a physician and Mthembu, an ophthalmologist as well as the nursing team in ward 6 for their selfless commitment to my care and support during my treatment there.
They truly made my stay as comfortable as was humanly possible.
Part of the discipline I have religiously conformed to for so many years is the realisation that my health is the most precious privilege I have to lead a productive life.
Yet in my hour of glory I became consistently complacent by violating this basic principle of my life. Needless to say, I nearly paid a heavy price. Now I find myself having to cope with diabetes and HIV.
I must readily admit that it knocked some sense into me and
I was reminded that nothing in this life should be taken for granted.
So I urge you, my brothers and sisters, never to neglect your health as I have done. Most of these health conditions that continue to test us are manageable, the main requirement being that we detect them early.
There is no need to be afraid, no need to panic. But we should not compromise our wellbeing by not prioritising it.
Family involvement is also critical to our survival. I feel truly blessed to have a family that is always there to offer support and care.
To my grandmother, uNoyishada Kamaqhoboza, my mother and her sister, Ntombi Ndlalane, and my children, thank you for being there all the time, every time. Inkosi inibusise.