Last updated on Jan 27th, 2021 at 11:21 pm

Actress Sophie Lichaba says she is grateful to be alive following a visit to the hospital

The Lockdown star, who has diabetes, revealed on Instagram that she was admitted to the emergency room during the coronavirus pandemic. 

“I have seen emergency room once in this delicate time [and it] was just high sugar levels. The DR’s the nurse’s the caregivers the police the army who daily sacrifice themselves.. They all have families that need them too. We pray for you,” she wrote.

Sophie urged her followers to be responsible during the lockdown

“I’m living with diabetes most vulnerable to this pandemic. I’m still here. So grateful. But from tomorrow [June 1] #lockdownlevel3. Let’s be responsible.”

The 48-year-old was diagnosed with diabetes around six years ago.

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She opened up about her condition when social media users started to notice that she had lost a lot of weight – some were concerned that she might be gravely ill.

Despite assuring her fans that her dramatic weight loss was due to a healthier lifestyle, she opted to fight her diabetes condition. Many internet trolls made rude remarks about her weight. 

Some accused her of lying, claiming she has HIV or cancer. Sophie has also been the victim of several death hoaxes. 

She has held her head high despite the hate and continues to be a proud ambassador for people living with diabetes. 

“Diabetes affects your lifestyle, family and job. I am not the same Sophie I used to be… I have recently taught my husband how to test my blood sugar because he has to know what to do when I collapse,” she told the City Press in a 2018 interview. 

Sophie is not the only local star who has opened up about what it is like living with diabetes during the coronavirus pandemic. 

Singer Holly Rey told her fans on Instagram that it is a “scary time” for diabetes sufferers

“I wake up and think about all the people across SA who are living with diabetes and aren’t able to isolate or fully protect themselves. I have realized that I have a responsibility to open up and create awareness about diabetes.

“What I thought would be my greatest weakness in life has become my greatest strength. I want to show kids and anyone living with Type 1 diabetes that you can achieve your greatest dreams. Having to constantly monitor your glucose and depending on insulin is not a limitation and you do not have to hide it,” she wrote. 

 

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Happy Blessed Sunday Angels. 🥰💓 Today I’m reminded that God is king of my life my heart ❤. So grateful for the constant restoration. Seek yea first the kingdom of God and all these blessings shall be added unto you. also Jeremiah 29 11 to 13 my fave. We woke up today n have survived #covid19 some families have lost their loved ones.. Im living with diabetes most vulnerable to this pandemic. Im still here. So grateful. But from tomorrow #lockdownlevel3. Lets be responsible. I’m thankful for all those who have sacrificed their lives in their respective professions just for us. I have seen emergency room once in this delicate time n was just high sugar levels. The DR’s the nurse’s the caregivers the police the army who daily sacrifice themselves.. They all have families that need them too. We pray for you. Thank you. #Staysafe Lets remember the fight is not over! Wear your mask. My song today. “Never would have made it BY Marvin Sapp” #projectsofpurpose #godsfavouritedaughter loading her birthday month #June something special my thing with my God counting down to june 29th…💃💃💃💃💃💃💃💃💃💃💃💃💃💃💃💃💃💃💃💃

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The decision to open up about this part of my life has been a very scary one for me because of how personal and difficult this particular journey has been for me. When I was 11 I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes and my world changed forever. Diabetes is a chronic disease and something that diabetics have to navigate and calculate everyday. We have good days and we have bad days. But on top of that we deal with so many stereotypes and misconception that makes us feel uncomfortable and sometimes ashamed of our condition- I often hear people say things like , “only old people have diabetes”, “only overweight people have diabetes” “did you get diabetes from eating too much sugar” – and the answer to all of these questions is no. When I was younger I would avoid telling people about my condition until it was absolutely necessary to avoid judgement which often meant putting my own health at risk. This period of the Covid pandemic has been an incredibly scary time for people living with pre-existing medical conditions like diabetes and everyday I wake up and think about all the people across SA who are living with diabetes and aren’t able to isolate or fully protect themselves. I have realized that I have a responsibility to open up and create awareness about diabetes’s. What I thought would be my greatest weakness in life has become my greatest strength. I want to show kids and anyone living with Type 1 diabetes that you can achieve your greatest dreams. Having to constantly monitor your glucose and depending on insulin is not a limitation and you do not have to hide it. I recently went on to a CGM system and although I was nervous to have a foreign object attached to me at first, I honestly don’t even notice it and it has changed my life completely. It has become my best friend. I always joke with my friends and say that I am a semi-bionic woman. I want kids to learn about CGMS and I want to be a part of changing the lives of South Africans affected by Type 1 Diabetes. CGMS has helped me accomplish so much. The journey to self love is a process and I cant wait to share it with you. #OwnYourStory #DexcomG6 #Ethitech #HealthInnovation #type1diabetes #diabetes

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