I am 38-years-old and was admitted to the Genesis Care Centre on the 21st of January 2019. At home, I live with my sister, my children, and grandchild. We rely solely on a small monthly grant which supports all of us in the house; no one is working.
In 2009 I was diagnosed with TB and HIV. I had to start TB treatment for two weeks then after that I was put onto ARV's (HIV treatment), which included a combination of 5 tablets.
Because of poor living conditions and poverty, I defaulted on my medication and was then diagnosed with Diabetes. Following that, I fell pregnant with my third child due to other circumstances.
Ten years later I was admitted to Port Shepstone Hospital. I had to have my left foot amputated below the knee. A few days later I was transferred to the Genesis Care Centre for wound care and rehab, because I have a history of defaulting on my chronic medications.
When I first arrived at the Care Centre I was confused and in denial about my new life. However, through spend...
I was admitted to the Genesis Care Centre on the 20th November 2018. I am a woman aged 30 years and I have two children, aged 10 and 4 years. I am HIV positive. I have been diagnosed with TB as well, and I am a drug addict. I was very weak and very unwell when I arrived at the Genesis Care Centre. I had defaulted on my medication, due to my drug addition. I was very sick and I wasn't getting better.
At the Care Centre I started regaining my strength during my stay at the Care Centre. I ate nutritious food, got enough rest and most importantly, I started taking my HIV and TB treatment correctly. I started feeling well again. However, something tormented me; I was worried if I was to be discharged, what would happen to me? What would stop me from getting into the same situation as I was before I arrived at the Genesis Care Centre? I worried constantly about my future.
One day, the Care Centre counselor gave health education to the patients. She spoke about the importance of using every o...
At 78 years of age, Audrey Mthuli has suffered the emotional and physical pain of losing both her legs to amputation. The first amputation took place in April this year and shortly thereafter her left leg was amputated after ongoing weakness in the limb.
Her insistence on returning to the Genesis Care Centre after both operations was the result of what she describes as the excellent care and support she received from the Genesis Care Centre team.
This amazing septuagenarian expressed her concern about the security of her pension when it was discovered that certain family members were filtering the funds out for their own use. The Care Centre counselors went to work to ensure that Audrey's pension card was returned to her and this played a huge role in her emotional well being.
Visitors to the Care Centre have given her a teddy bear which helps ease the void formed by being away from her family. During her time at the Care Centre she has painted a bag as part of her rehabilitation skills....
Thandi* was born in Oshabeni and when her mother passed away she and her brother moved in with her mother's family. Thandi later obtained her Matric and went on to study Tracing Beneficiaries and Business Management. Her own catering business was the highlight of her career but she had to stop working when she became ill.
in 2007 Thandi was diagnosed with RVD and started treatment which helped greatly. Sadly she became wheel-chair bound after a fall in which she damaged her back and shortly thereafter was admitted to the Genesis Care Centre.
According to Thandi, when she arrived at the Care Centre she was unable to move from her bed to her wheelchair but after a short stay, the 31-year-old is now independently wheelchair mobile and has even visited the occupational therapy room where she enjoys doing bead work.
"My dream is to be able to go back to my business because I want to build a house for my brother and myself. I have been taught how to take care of my hygiene needs while at the Ca...
My name is *Busi and I am a 15-year-old patient at the Genesis Care Centre. I was born HIV positive. as both my parents were infected. I am in Grade 9 but couldn't finish due to my ill-health.
I was angry at my parents, angry at God and even angry at myself, but since coming here, I have managed to forgive everyone. My home situation is not good and I don't get good nutrition which I need because my CD4 count is low. in 2013 I was diagnosed with TB, and again in 2015.
When I came to Genesis I was worried about my schooling so I told my story to the counselor, who tried to help me continue my studies by calling the school principal. He agreed to supply me with schoolwork, but my family wasn't able to collect the work and bring it to me.
One of my challenges is that now I am in line 2 of the ARV programme and I need to fight to boost my immune system so that I can go back to line 1 treatment. I want to survive so that I can go back to school and be able to cope with my studies.
Antonia “Penny” Mdubeki, 58, has been receiving care at the Genesis Care Centre for over a month, and during that time she has made vast strides on her road to better health. Penny’s story with Genesis began over two years ago when her mother was admitted after suffering a stroke. The staff helped her mother with pain management and quality of life until her ultimate death in 2014.
Penny herself was admitted to the Care Centre May 2016. She, like her mother, was suffering from complications as a result of HIV/AIDS. Like too many South African women, Penny not only has the burden of suffering from this disease, but she also carries the weight of no longer being able to provide for her family financially. Penny provided for her five children as a domestic worker, prior to her illness.
She tells her story below:
“Today Genesis is caring for me. I was reluctant to come but now I am very happy because I am well looked after. Genesis is like a home. I came here without walking and I could not e...