Mighty Sehlola, 22, who lives in Soshanguve, Pretoria, shares the story of her life. Born with epilepsy, which was only detected later in her life, she was raised in Limpopo, in the Ga-Sekhukhune region.
“It did not reveal itself until I was in grade four, when I had a seizure for the first time. I fell as I was walking and was rushed to hospital, where the doctors said they could not see anything wrong and I was discharged,” Sehlola says.
She next had a seizure in 2013, when she was in grade 11. She recalls: “The teachers called an ambulance and I was taken to the local hospital, but the doctors could not help me as the hospital did not have the correct machinery. I was then admitted to Momentum Medical Centre, where I stayed from April until the end of July.”
Since the seizure, Sehlola has been unable to move the left side of her body, although she was told there was a possibility she could one day walk again. Shortly after the seizure, Sehlola moved to Pretoria and was enrolled in a special-needs school.
“Being disabled changed my life completely. I lost friends back home because of my disability, but my family has always been by my side. I did not let this condition limit me,” she notes. She always wanted to be a writer and recently wrote a book titled Two Rural Girls, which will be launched later this year.
“The book is about the lives of twin sisters. The other one has albinism and the other is dark-skinned. I am currently writing another book – a series of short stories,” she says.
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