Pupil diagnosed with cancer, again

2017-03-22 06:04

YOUNG, hopeful and passionate Misisizwe­ Khoza, who has been diagnosed with cancer for a third time, said giving up on life has never been an option.

In an exclusive interview with Maritzburg Fever, the Grade 11 Maritzburg College pupil opened up about his disease, how he has survived and what keeps him going. “Miso”, as he is affectionately known, has been diagnosed with Ewing sarcoma cancer, a rare cancer that is found in the bones and affects mostly teenagers.

Miso was first diagnosed in 2013, when he was in Grade 7.

“It was a normal day of school when suddenly I felt pain in my ribs. When the doctor told me it was cancer and how it works, my mother cried. I didn’t, there was no time to cry for me. I realised it wasn’t going to help anyone.

“Yes, it affected my school progress. But I kept on pushing after spending a week in intensive care unit and being in and out of hospital for eight months,” he said.

His mother, Nqobile Dladla, said the 16-year-old was always positive and remained strong throughout the fight.

“The situation changed a lot of things for me, mentally and emotionally and it affected my work. It was like a bomb in me, no parent should go through it. We were all shocked because we don’t have the history of cancer in the family,” said Dladla.

Following the latest diagnosis, Miso was scheduled to begin his first round of chemotherapy in the first week of March however, because of the previous medical bills, his mother cannot afford to send her son for more treatments.

Dladla appealed to anyone who may be able to assist in any way to come forward. “The oncologist told us in January that it doesn’t look good. He told us this might happen for the rest of his life and it needs to be treated instantly. My boy now lives on high dose of medication because I can’t get him on chemo,” she said.

Miso takes part in drama at his school. “Drama is my dream. It gives me a chance to express my feelings. It’s therapeutic. It’s works completely well, it is my driving force,” he said.

To find out more about Miso or to assist him in any way find Miso’s Support Group on Facebook or phone Cindy on 062 127 2 005 or Mandy on 072 994 8831.


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