“My name is Ayanda Msane, I grew up in KwaZulu-Natal in Ndulinde past Mandeni.
Everything was new for me because this was the first time I had ever been in hospital, but I know God is there for everyone that needs him and he will help me get through cancer. When my mom told me that I had cancer, I was very hurt and felt like it was the end of the world. My mom told me I will be fine and that the doctors are trying to clear the cancer since it has already spread throughout my body.
To be honest I really did not think I was that sick because it was just my hand that was in pain and my mom took me to the doctor because I was also always feeling tired. The doctor just gave me some pills and I really thought I was going to be fine. I remember on the 20th of July my nephew had gone with my mom for a checkup at the hospital and they came back with good news that he was fine. Mom had come home with fried chicken to have for supper but as soon as I tried eating it, it wouldn’t go down. The next morning I woke up swollen and went to the clinic, I was referred to the hospital and was given allergy medication. But my hand got bigger and bigger every day. My mom then took me back to the clinic and they referred me to the Mandeni Hospital where I was referred to Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital, where I was diagnosed with cancer. I started Chemo on the 7th of August, I am not okay but I am much better than when I arrived.
I thank God every day for my little nephew, Bandile Ayabonga Vezi, who saw me almost fall after I had finished bathing, I will always love him and one day hope to take care of him. I am grateful every day to God for every morning I see. And I write about my story because I want to share it with other people and other children and encourage them to talk when times are tough since it has helped me. #VUKA KHULUMA- BREAK THE SILENCE”.