Criselda Kananda talks about how to cope with a rare immune disease that is very difficult

Criselda Kananda talks about how to cope with a rare immune disease that is very difficult

In commemoration of World Aids Day, radio personality Criselda Kananda has penned an emotional message of how testing and trying this year of Covid-19 has been for her as an individual living with HIV.

Criselda Kananda talks about how to cope with a rare immune disease that is very difficult

Having had to start out a course of antiretroviral medication (ARVs) in May, the radio personality has highlighted how tough the year was for her after 22 years of living healthily with HIV.

Taking to Instagram on Tuesday, December 1, Criselda said, “As I pen my message I’m overwhelmed by emotions.

“This year for the primary time was the toughest. within the 22 yrs of living healthily with HIV infection, I could haven’t anticipated that I’d have my heartbroken and therefore the feeling of betrayal would lead me to a weak system, post-traumatic disorder, ICU hospitalisation and for prevention of possible exposure to the coronavirus I made the choice to start out ARVs.”

The radio veteran added that this year was the year she tested all her theories about HIV claiming how grateful she was to still be alive today as many weren’t so fortunate.

“It’s been a year that tested all my theories about HIV. I’m still here, gaining strength daily. Grateful for all times, family and genuine friends, loving my career progression [simply put I really like my job].

“Though it had been tough, a day I select to like me unconditionally, I show up because the best version of myself, I teach people how I would like to be treated, I honour me and everyone my achievements.”

Criselda said she makes sure she lives, loves, and let’s live. She also drew up some stats of what percentage of people had lost their lives to Aids, saying that HIV was a worldwide public health issue.

“As of 2017, AIDS has killed 41.5m people worldwide, the explanations vary from person to person. An estimated 36.7m people live with HIV, 7m of them are here in SA … making it one among the foremost important global public health issues in recorded history.”

Criselda stated there really was no need for more people to die from HIV infection and it being World AIDS Day, she urged South Africans once more to take a position in facts about the infection.

“Please stop saying HIV/Aids just because HIV isn’t Aids. We don’t say hypertension/stroke, do we? HIV may be a germ that weakens the body. Aids is an illness that takes advantage of the weak body and makes the body sick.

“Most Aids illnesses are often cured. TB, cancers, pneumonia, diarrhoea, meningitis, bacterial and fungal infections, and a few that are incurable but treatable: shingles and other viral infections like herpes.”
Criselda Kananda talks about how to cope with a rare immune disease that is very difficult
Criselda concluded by stating the most important lie continues to be that ARVs alone make living with HIV easier which she doesn’t truly believe.

“As on behalf of me, a well-balanced lifetime of a healthy mind, body and soul including taking prescribed medicines consistently makes living with HIV infection bearable.

“Spare an idea for the 41.5m people that died, this is often not just variety, these were fellow humans. believe their families and plan to learn more about HIV. Know your status today. Stop the intentional infliction of pain to fellow humans.”

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