Sophie Lichaba on living with diabetes during the Covid-19 pandemic: “I’m still here, so grateful”

Sophie Lichaba
Sophie Lichaba
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  • Sophie Lichaba has been taking extra precautions to ensure she remains healthy during the coronavirus outbreak.
  • She recently made a trip to an emergency room due to “high sugar levels”.
  • She rubbished rumours that she’s still having financial difficulties.
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Veteran actress Sophie Lichaba is grateful to be alive, this after a recent hospital visit due to high blood-sugar levels. The star has been open about her struggle with diabetes which led to her being viciously cyberbullied.

Sophie recently told DRUM she’s in a better space after all the online bullying she endured following her drastic weight loss – a result of living with diabetes.

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On Sunday, Sophie took to Instagram to thank God for the gift of life. “Today I'm reminded that God is king of my life my heart. So grateful for the constant restoration.”

Her diabetes diagnosis means she’s at high risk during the Covid-19 pandemic, and she’s not taking any chances. “Some families have lost their loved ones. I’m living with diabetes and most vulnerable to this pandemic. I’m still here. So grateful. But from tomorrow and lockdown level 3, let’s be responsible,” she wrote.

Sophie applauded frontline workers and said she had seen their hard work firsthand due to a recent hospital visit.

“I have seen an emergency room once in this delicate time, and it was just high sugar levels. The doctors, the nurses, the caregivers, the police, the army who daily sacrifice themselves. They all have families who need them too. We pray for you. Thank you.”

She ended her post by reminding followers to “remember the fight is not over” and to “wear your mask”.

See her post here:

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Reports that the actress is in debt have been dogging her for a while. In a recent interview with DRUM, Sophie didn’t deny owing banks money but she said it was nowhere near the kind of financial trouble tabloid headlines suggested.

“R150 000 is nothing. Not so long ago I owed the bank millions. Right now, my business probably owes R75 000 here and a couple of thousand there but that’s old debt. Whoever dug up that information for the tabloids caught it too late because I’m left with a few years of paying off what I owe,” she added. “By the grace of God, that’s all in the past.”

She told DRUM her financial troubles started when she first got diabetes, and even though she had fallen on hard times she’s back on track. “Through the grace of God, I’m finding my feet again and nothing of mine will be repossessed,” she said.

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