AGAINST ALL ODDS
As most pregnant women know, our emotions are all over the place. Here’s how my story starts. My parents both passed on a few years ago. In my teenage years I was diagnosed with epilepsy and anaemia. Later in my life the seizures stopped for five years. Early this year, I discovered I was pregnant with my first child. Since being pregnant, I’ve had three seizures.
At first, I wasn’t overjoyed about the pregnancy, as I’d just started a new job and had high career aspirations. Eventually I got used to the idea that I was carrying another life inside of me, and when I had my first scan and heard my baby’s heartbeat, I knew I would do anything for this child. When I found out I’m having a boy I was so happy! I’m now at my 17th week and worry every day about my son and the risks associated with my pregnancy. I also miss my parents more and more every day. My mom would’ve known exactly what to do during my seizures and my dad would’ve spoilt his grandson rotten. I know I’ve been given this child for a reason. I have faith that everything will be okay with my son and can’t wait for the day I finally get to meet him. NEESHA NADAR, CAPE TOWN