Thandaza will not yield

2016-10-26 06:00
Thandaza Nkosi (9), in the front, middle, with her classmates. Photos: Boipelo Mere

Thandaza Nkosi (9), in the front, middle, with her classmates. Photos: Boipelo Mere

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The Galeshewe-based family of the once bubbly and vibrant Thandaza Nkosi (9) is taking things one day at a time after their daughter was diagnosed with a rare cancer called peritoneal cancer.

The nine year old displayed her bravery after she showed her will to live in spite of the pain and suffering that she goes through daily.

She has also had chemotherapy twice this year and the doctors have said there was nothing more that they could do for her.

All the family wants to do now is to create a caring environment for Thandaza and to make her life as pain free and bearable as possible.

Thandaza stole the hearts of many after her wish list consisting of five items, was published on Facebook last week.

What stole the hearts of most people was that the first and the last item on the list concerned education and her urge to learn.

The first item on her list was going back to school and the last one was an appeal to read books.

Other items were a computer to play games on, a nice bedroom and toys.

In November 2015, upon discovering that her granddaughter was suffering from peritoneal cancer, Thandaza’s grandmother, Selina Nkosi, was forced to quit her job as a domestic worker and become a full time caregiver.

As her caregiver, Grandmom Selina feels helpless at times, because all she can do to relief Thandaza’s pain is to give her pain medication.

The brave youngster continues her fight against cancer even after witnessing how many of her fellow warriors have succumbed to the disease.

Since Grandmom Selina has quit her job, the family now depends on the father’s salary, who is a security guard, and a child support grant in respect of Thandaza’s five other cousins.

Grandmom Selina said the family had become financially and emotionally drained since cancer invaded the family.

“We do not know what to do anymore. Seeing her this quiet and tired is killing all of us in the house.

“She used to be the loudest and most active in the house,” she said sadly.

According to Grandmom Selina, Thandaza was the one who made her cousins join a martial arts class.

“They used to grab their bags and hurried to the gym together after school. But now they gave up and do not go anymore, as they do not want to leave her behind.”

“But I have taught her that it is all in the mind to believe whether you will make it or not. We have hope that she will live longer, just like I am still alive today,” she said.

Selina revealed that she was very ill in 1994, so much so that the doctors gave her only 24 hours to live.

“Everyone gave up on me, but God saved me and brought me back. That is why I have a strong belief that through His grace, she will pull through.”

Thandaza’s father, Timothy Nkosi, expressed the hope that someone out there could assist the family with moral support and guidance.

“It would have been easier for the family if some expert advice can be shared as to how to make life easier for my baby,” said the sad father. “Most of the times we are clueless as to what to expect. If someone out there can give advice based on experience, let them please come forward.”

According to Timothy, the limited information is that this is a rare cancer, affecting only a very small percentage of people.

Aiming to help Thandaza, her school, the Floors North Primary School, organized and hosted a fund raising initiative on Friday (21/10), which Thandaza was allowed to attend school.

Learners and teachers also brought Thandaza presents and toys to wish her well on the day. During the fundraising day, the school sold various foods like cup cakes, other snacks and cold drinks.

The teachers also came up with their own donation list on which they managed to get external volunteers and contributors. The aim of the fund raising was to throw a birthday party for Thandaza and to build her the bedroom of her dreams.

Her class teacher, Motlalepule Matshwe, revealed that the funds might be enough to revamp Thandaza’s home.

The school principal, Kebogile Mqina, said the reason for hosting a birthday party for her was because Thandeza spent her birthday in May in hospital.

She said the fundraising initiative was a huge success.

Staff members of Express Northern Cape also paid Thandaza a visit and handed her toys and books.

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