Not my first Pandemic – a guest post by Ashley Brownlee

A story and message for everyone, but especially those who are hesitant about getting their vaccine. Ashley Brownless is a very good friend of mine who i have known for more than 20 years now. He has written a pretty viral post for my blog before sharing some of his journey as a South African living with HIV AIDS, and he is back to share some more, but particularly how it relates to his [...]

Surviving Covid [twice]: Meet Nicola Date

i am super grateful to my friend Nicola Date for sharing her story here. The first line of it is devastating enough, but i also know there was a cost to writing this piece for Nicola - physically, emotionally - she has really gone above and beyond to produce this account while still in the throes of a disease that is not done with her. Thank you, friend. i hope this story will inspire [...]

By |2021-01-23T10:01:41+02:00Jan 8th, 2021|stories, thorts of other people, world news|4 Comments

Surviving Covid: Meet Eve, a teacher who had covid

Another glimpse into the life of someone who has had Covid-19 and is on the mend. This time an email from an old friend of mine who is a teacher who had covid and asked to remain anonymous. i find that with each new story i am learning not only about the disease and how it seems to work differently in different people, but also about some of the wider issues [What do you [...]

By |2021-01-08T09:03:29+02:00Jan 6th, 2021|stories, thorts of other people, world news|0 Comments

Surviving Covid: Meet Jane

Today's story is about a couple who had a fairly mild experience of Covid-19 and yet still are strongly insistent that this is something you want to avoid in any way possible. The covid fatigue is real, people. The names have been changed for anonymity. A personal story of the COVID positive experience. Thomas and I tested COVID positive on 2 Dec. When I got swabbed I had no symptoms (I was tired, but [...]

By |2021-01-06T09:32:49+02:00Jan 5th, 2021|stories, thorts of other people, world news|0 Comments

Surviving Covid: Meet K

Today's story is from another friend of mine on social media who asked to remain anonymous and so i am going to call her K [not her real initial!] My husband is a physio at Groote Schuur hospital.  He's been working in covid wards and with covid patients for 7 or 8 months now. His department were really careful from March already with social distancing, changing clothes before going home and lots of deep [...]

By |2021-01-04T07:37:01+02:00Jan 4th, 2021|stories, thorts of other people, world news|0 Comments

Surviving Covid: Meet Sue Diepeveen

Yesterday, we kicked off the Surviving Covid-19 series by hearing some of David and Jacqui's story of facing this coronavirus. Today we continue with some reflections, this time from Sue Diepeveen who i met a couple of years ago while performing with my Improv troupe, Improguise as she runs the delightful little theatre known as the Drama Factory in Somerset West. What strikes me with each new story i hear from someone who has [...]

Surviving Covid: Meet David O’Sullivan

How are we all doing at Surviving Covid-19? Time to hear some stories... i asked my friends on social media who have had covid if any of them would be up to sharing some of their story to give us a glimpse into what it means to live with the disease, and what life has been like once it has gone. i am super grateful to all those who said yes - some of [...]

Surviving Covid: Intro

How are we all doing at Surviving Covid? 2020 will be remembered as the year of the Pandemic where we all became all too familiar with the terms 'coronavirus' and more particularly 'Covid-19'! But why is this disease which many have compared to the flu and which only has about a 2 percent fatality rate worth giving so much attention to? Is it not possible that we have fallen for conspiracy theories based on [...]

By |2021-01-08T08:59:50+02:00Jan 1st, 2021|stories, thorts of other people, world news|0 Comments

What an “I hope Trump dies!” response says about me.

Woke up this morning to the news that President Donald Trump and his wife Melania has coronavirus. And of course the internet exploded.  Your response says more about you As with all things America, there were strong responses both ways. Ranging from wishes of a quick recovery to jokes, insults and a lot of wishing that this kills him. Now if you are one of the people who sits there and says [or [...]

Reflections on a president’s speech: Whose Lang was it anyway?

South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa addressed the nation last night. As he did - and this is not for the first time - i felt a sense of pride, the feeling of being led, a deep respect for the humility that was shown when he spoke about government miscommunicating and making mistakes, confusing messages, and contradictions. While he spoke, i jumped on to Facebook and simply wrote this: Such humility coming from Cyril Ramaphosa... [...]

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