advertisement
Updated 10 August 2017

MY STORY: I made the brave choice to keep my leg

This young lady inspired us, here's to self love and women empowerment.

0

My name is Madimo Mokgosi back in 2013 I had a liver transplant and  my liver has been doing awesomely well, 2015 I was diagnosed with a rare disease called lymphadema. Lymphadema is a swelling in the arm or leg caused by lymphatics blockage. treatment can help but there is no cure for it, I wear a compression sock to compress the swelling down. I remember putting pressure on my doctor because I just did not like the comments I received regarding my leg. Came across people assuming that I had an artificial leg and that I was beautiful but the problem is that I had a leg bigger than the other one. My doctor asked me if I would rather amputate or keep the leg the way it is.

I then realized that often we tend to do things because of how people feel about us, which should never be the case because self acceptance matters more. I decided to keep my leg the way it is I do work out to keep the swelling from getting worse and have nicknamed myself to “uBabesWEsockis” which means girl in a sock. I am happy, I am confident and I hope my story encourages ladies who feel they need to hide behind any disease or how they look. If no one can accept you the way you look then they do not love you.


 
NEXT ON HEALTH24X

More:

News
advertisement

Live healthier

Mental health & your work »

How open are you about mental illness in the workplace?

Mental health in the workplace – what you can do to help

If you know that one of your colleagues suffers from a mental illness, would you be able to help them at work? Maligay Govender offers some helpful mental health "first aid" tips.

Sleep & You »

Sleep vs. no sleep Diagnosis of insomnia

6 things that are sabotaging your sleep

Kick these shut-eye killers to the kerb and make your whole life better – overnight.