Cancer sufferer looks for a support group

2017-07-19 06:05
Misisizwe Khoza was diagnosed with cancer four years ago.PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Misisizwe Khoza was diagnosed with cancer four years ago.PHOTO: SUPPLIED

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AGRADE 11 pupil at Maritzburg College is fighting a third recurrence of Ewing sarcoma cancer, which most often occurs in and around the bones and mostly affects teenagers.

Misisizwe Khoza from Pelham, was diagnosed with cancer in 2013, and undergoes chemotherapy for an entire week every month. This has resulted in him being left far behind with his school work.

Nqobile Khoza, Miso’s mother, told Maritzburg Fever that he has not attended school for the past three months because of the pain.

“He attends chemotherapy every month. His last session was in June, from June 19 to 23, but the problem is he gets very anxious and is always in pain.

“Miso is always at home. He is now saying he doesn’t want to go back to school because he is so behind with school work anyway.

“He says he wants to withdraw from the medication because it doesn’t help him, instead it makes him sick,” said Nqobile.

Nqobile met with a Hospice with the aim of finding a support group for him, but they told her there isn’t one because no one in KZN has this type of cancer.

“I only met with one mother who had the same problem with her child. I need someone who has had the same experience. It is hard because from the outside it looks as though it [the cancer] is growing. Doctors think that maybe the chemo is taking too long to respond.”

She said she feels that a support group will assist Miso to cope with his illness. She also asked anyone who can help with counselling for Miso, while they await for a support group.

Maritzburg Fever reported on Miso’s story when Pelham Senior Primary pupils raised funds for his chemotherapy.

Nqobile said that although medical aid pays for the chemotherapy, his medication and other sessions are paid in cash. She said that from the beginning, the Maritzburg College Foundation and people have been donating, and those funds help a lot with Miso’s medication.

“He attends chemotherapy every month. His last session was in June, from June 19 to 23, but the problem is he gets very anxious and is always in pain. Miso is always at home. He is now saying he doesn’t want to go back to school because he is so behind with school work anyway. He says he wants to withdraw from the medication because it doesn’t help him, instead it makes him sick,” said Nqobile.

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