SKEEM Saam actress and singer Candy “Tsa Mandebele” Mokwena is determined to make people understand the realities of living with diabetes.
As November, National Diabetes Month draws near, Mokwena revealed that she takes it upon herself to educate people on the importance of healthy living.
“I did not really see a need to hide it. Also, I wanted the general public to understand the realities of this deadly disease,” she said.
She did not confirm her plans for the awareness month but assured it would include some educational plans.
“More awareness nears to be at the forefront. I feel like diabetes is not talked about much as compared to other diseases. As such, every year around the month November, I take it upon myself to share as much as possible with as many people as possible about the ins and outs of this disease starting with taking care of yourself after being diagnosed,” she said.
“It was one of the most trying days of my life when I lost my son in a car accident. Then later in November, I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. I was running some errands at the local mall, minding my own business, when all of a sudden I just collapsed. They rushed me to a nearby hospital, and that’s when I was diagnosed,” she said.
She explained that there can never be enough awareness campaigns on diabetes as it requires a holistic lifestyle change.