Candy Mokwena (PHOTO: Candy Mokwena Instagram)
Limpopo-born artist Candy Mokwena stage
name Tsamandebele has opened up about living with type 2 diabetes.
The soul artist artist from Kalawa Jamzee
was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 2011 – the same year she lost first born
son. It was also that year where she had the strength to start her biggest
project yet, The Candy Tsamandebele foundation.
The purpose of the foundation is to educate
and inspire the youth about music, importance of culture as well as lending a
hand to the needy.
In an exclusive interview with Drum, Candy
explained that after losing his son she completely lost all interest in things
she loved. Until Oskido stepped in to help by invited her to come in studio and
that’s when “Tsamandebele” one of her biggest songs was recorded.
Later, she was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.
collapsed at one of the popular malls while running errands. After seeing a
doctor he suggested some few general medical tests and that’s when I was
Tsamandela explained that diabetes has
changed her life style tremendously – not only does she use the stage to perform
it’s also where she incorporates workouts to keep healthy.
“I stopped eating just about everything.
Now, I watch what I eat and when do I need to eat. My portions are not as
hectic as they used to be”
The mother-of-two manages her diabetes by
eating and taking her prescribed medication on time. She added that living with
diabetes did not affect her career instead it encouraged her to do better.
“DO not feel despondent. With care, the
diseases is manageable. If you’re are not feeling well, you must always visit your
local health facilities. You must also remember you are what you eat”