In life no-one will remember you how you looked, walked, talked or what you did. Everyone will remember you by the way you made them feel when they were with you
Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine that one day the impact of that “fatal” day would now have on my life.
Never ever did the thought cross my mind that one day I’ll be running and Cycling for TB.
If someone told me back then that I’ll be starting a TB initiative I would of looked at them shook my head and said “is jy van jou sinne beroof” ?? Whatever you have been smoking, please may I have some. You know what Barney says : Sharing is Caring.
We get sick – overcome it – forget about it.
Well !! Do we ??? Actually, it remains retrenched deep back somewhere in the memory department. All it takes it THAT moment or something
that will trigger it, even if it transpired many, many moons ago. It’s like Deva ju.
I know that in life there will be sickness, devastation, disappointments, heartache. It’s a given. What’s not a given is the way we choose to get through it all. If you look hard enough, you can always find the bright side. The bare necessities.
The brain is such a powerful tool with so many, many “departments”. Then of course there is the Command Centre, led by the “brains trust”. Powerful little people. They control us. Our thought process, how we move, what we do. They literally have us by the short and curly’s. And they know it.
Those voices in our heads. If we had to listen to every one of them we would all be in straight jackets. It can drive us up the wall, absolutely batty, but thankfully, the department of sanity prevails.
The human body is an amazing work of “art”, put together with such precision, like a Swiss watch. The brain remains supreme.
I’m a survivor – not a Victim.
I just stand as an example as one of the many who have survived, a living example of what people can go through. Life isn’t perfect. When you get a knock, you have to get up, dust yourself off and get on with it.
I’m of firm belief that we have all been placed on this planet for a particular purpose, it’s up to us to find out what that is. If we don’t that our time here was a failure. Our Creator knows best.
The more I have spoken about TB the more I have realized that the disease has too often become synonymous with HIV.
If there is one thing I know for certain it is that this has to stop.
I started questioning why is TB not spoken about like Cancer or Diabetes.
Why do those who develop TB still face major discrimination from employers, friends and family.
Why despite the health crisis posed, the disease is neglected.
Why is TB like the “forgotten” disease but still remains the SILENT killer – the captain of all killer diseases.
Why is the public so ill informed regarding TB.
Why is TB such an unpopular word.
Why has the word become such an uncomfortable one.
The public needs to be reminded about the stories of the real people who became sick and survived. This includes exceptional athletes, singers, songwriters and achiever like Archbishop Desmond Tutu and the late Nelson Mandela to name but two.
I don’t want to live in a world where we don’t look out for each other.
Not just the people that are close to us, but anyone who needs a helping hand. I cannot change the way anybody else thinks or what they choose to do, but I can do my bit.
If we are to create a World free of TB a World where no individual will die to this disease, a world where people will not be ostracized for being diagnosed with TB, then we as “Jan Publiek” need to come to the party and show our commitment to fight against the biggest enemy of today’s time.
It’s time to Unite to end TB
Alone we can do so little
Together we can do so much