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The trouble I am faced with right now is that since mama (Zanele) who is also on treatment left us to be cared for by my grandmother, I have no-one to help

The trouble I am faced with right now is that since mama (Zanele) who is also on treatment left us to be cared for by my grandmother, I have no-one to help me around the home because I am the eldest, so I have to do all the thinking about what is to be eaten and where our next meal will come from. Most of the time I feel weak but I can’t survive on an empty stomach so I have to see to it that there is cooked food. What also bothers me is that I am unemployed and depend only on the money I receive from MSF for bus fare which I also use to buy food but that is not enough. Mama also sends us some money which cannot cater for all the home needs.

On a good day, when I have energy, I keep myself busy by plaiting people from around the area that way I get company and be around people.

One thing I look forward to when I am completely cured of TB is to find employment because I am not strong enough yet, so that I can help my mother feed and educate my siblings.

In order for me to regain my health, I know I need to persevere because at times there is the temptation to stop treatment, particularly with the number of tablets that have to be consumed and injections. But there is hope.