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da sassi diva – Intro

April 23, 2012

The Journey

Well I don’t even know how to start. I have always thought I would be one of the last people who would contract the illness. I mean, I’m from the urban areas, went to multi-racial school and quite educated if I should say so myself, even though I’m not from a well-to-do family. My mother was able to provide for me and my two siblings. I waited till I was 19 before having sex, prior to being raped at 18. Even after that horrible experience, I picked myself up, learnt from it and grew stronger–even managed to get myself at university. I knew the consequences of having unprotected sex but I was ignorant. I will never blame anyone for being infected as it was also my duty to insist on condom use every time. Being an open person that I am I did not hesitate telling my family and friends…that has helped me a lot as I have received so much love and support. Basically the journey starts now and so much better is yet to come!

More about da sassi diva:  I was born in Swaziland, raised in the Free-state and bred in Johannesburg. I’m 21 years old and currently residing in Cape Town as I’m pursuing higher education in Cape Peninsula University of Technology, doing my 2nd year in the applied sciences faculty. I was diagnosed with HIV in June 2011 during a routine check up. I was infected by my very first boyfriend who cheated on me while I was here in Cape Town. He stays in Johannesburg and unfortunately we broke up as a result of his infidelity. I don’t hold any grudges against him. My family fully supports me, especially my mother whom I am eternally grateful for having. She is the reason why I push myself beyond my set limits. I know I have a long way to go but for some odd reason the future looks very bright thanks to the advanced treatments, understanding and healthy diet in conjunction with exercise.

Why da sassi diva wants to be a part of A Girl Like Me: My main reason is that I want to eradicate the mentality that university students do not get infected and also show South Africa that they are still people living with this illness…despite them making notions that once infected the result is death even though there’s medicine and change of lifestyle.

7 Comments leave one →
  1. lynn2011 permalink
    April 23, 2012 9:41 pm

    Welcome! I am so glad you have joined us. I look forward to reading your posts.


  2. Dianne permalink
    April 23, 2012 9:52 pm

    You are a insperational strong woman…I love that you thank your mother who raised you with love and encouragement to be all you can be. You are blessed and I thank you for your message to all young women.

  3. mirriam permalink
    April 24, 2012 2:55 am

    Hello Dear, You are welcome to this community, its my second family here were are all sisters fighting the same thing. welcome again and feel at home.

  4. Nontombi permalink
    April 24, 2012 4:12 am

    Thank you dear, would like to wish you all the best in your studies.I was also a student at CPUT in Science faculty and graduated recently.Let us unite girls and I’m living in hope each and everyday.

  5. da sassi diva permalink
    April 24, 2012 1:48 pm

    *teardrops* I have thought I was all alone all this time…thank u very much ladies I feel like I am family already

  6. mirriam permalink
    April 25, 2012 12:38 am

    You are in a family already my dear, Just feel good when you are down we are always here to support you. Love from all over the world will be with you all ways .

  7. May 22, 2012 7:15 am

    It always good to be positive specially when you are a women you have whole lot of chalanging, keep it up girl hoping that one day God will also think about us and give us the treatment for being negative sometimes it is so irritating to take the med But I do everyday. have a blessed day love.

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