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 spending time and talking with the staff, I realized that I can still live a good life and I now feel stress free.
I am talking all of my treatment without any problems. The best thing is that I am now only taking 1 tablet for my HIV status. Soon I will be finished with my TB treatment. My stump is healing well, and I can now use a walker to get around. The rehab team is going to organize a wheelchair for me when I am discharged; this will make life easier for me when I get home.
Thanks to the counsel of the Genesis Care Centre staff, I will do everything I can to never default on my treatment again.
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