A mother from the Eastern Cape, who is a cancer sufferer, recently contracted the coronavirus disease at a hospital in Johannesburg while she was there to undergo surgery.
Cheree McEwen, 38, says despite what happened, she’s going to fight against the virus with all her might – and overcome it – just as she’s been fighting her cancer for the past six years.
“I’m going to kick the coronavirus butt, and cancer, because I’m a mother and that’s what we do. I’m going to fight hard until my last breath and with everything in me. ”
Cheree wants to be healthy so she can have a long life with her two sons. Her children are her motivation to get well.
She moved from Komani (Queenstown) to East London in 2019 to be closer to the hospitals and to grow her business so she could afford the expensive cancer treatment.
She was at the Mediclinic Morningside in Johannesburg to have more than 20 tumors removed from her body when she caught the virus.
Cheree says she was tested for COVID-19 before she was fired three weeks ago. Her test was negative and she was able to return home.
With her return home, her health deteriorated. “At first I thought it was the side effects of the operation, but then I started to cough badly.”
Her second test was positive for Covid-19.
On Thursday, Cheree’s sixth day was in isolation at home.
She says she tries to stay positive while talking to her “friends” in her imagination.
Her symptoms are still the same, but she is getting more feverish and coughing a lot.
That’s still a good sign, Cheree thinks. “It gets worse before it gets better.”
“When I shower, it feels like I ran the Comrades Marathon, and when I brush my hair I have to sit and breathe in and out and breathe deeply.
“At times I feel like I’m 99 years old.”
She is satisfied with her surgery wounds that are beginning to heal and says the most important thing is to get rid of the virus now so that she can continue with her cancer treatment.
As a result of the restriction, Cheree was unable to do her job as a beautician for some time. As a result, and her illness, this single parent has no income.
Because her health is deteriorating, she is desperate to move back to Komani to be with her family.
Friends have set up a fund for Cheree and hope to raise enough money through the Wings of Love organization to help her.
All the money will be used so that Cheree can withdraw.
Anyone who wants to make a donation can call the organization on 061 426 6578 or visit the Go Fund Me page for more information.