I have been through all the cancer meds

I have been through all the cancer meds

On 25 October 2009 the lump on my left breast just felt bigger and so I decided to visit my family doctor. After scans and mammograms, three days later my doctor broke the news … it was like a smack across the face. I sat there, looked at him, said okay, and...
I Was Dead For 45 Minutes

I Was Dead For 45 Minutes

I’m having a heart attack.. It was a normal Tuesday, a day like any other. Little did I know that that it was a day that would change my entire life. I went home at about 4 o’clock and felt extremely tired. I wanted to take some time out and rest, when I suddenly...
We got by each day even though we were not rich

We got by each day even though we were not rich

My name is Mashudu. I am a young woman from Limpopo. I grew up surrounded by both my parents and grand parents. We were not rich, but we got by each day. After I completed my matric in 2008, I had already applied at a University. I had achieved distinctions, so...
Living With Dyslexia

Living With Dyslexia

My name is Ntombifuthi Khoza and I am 23 years old. My dad named me Ntombifuthi which means “girl again” because I am the youngest of three sisters. Growing up I was more of a tomboy; I played soccer and all of my friends were boys. Apparently when I was a toddler...
The daily reality of raising a child with Haemophilia

The daily reality of raising a child with Haemophilia

My son Ezra was diagnosed with severe haemophilia A just a few days after birth. When he was circumcised and the wound bled for several days. Haemophilia is a genetic bleeding disorder, which I had never heard of before. I was a first-time mom, and dealing with the...
Being An Outsider

Being An Outsider

“I grew up black in a predominantly white suburb on a road where my family and the neighbours were the only black families. Despite this we grew up without feeling any racial tension and the school we attended was a mix of all races. In primary school my best friend...