Watch: Basetsana Khumalo shares her story as she celebrates mental health awareness month
Basetsana Khumalo has taken to her social media to share some of her most challenging times.
This is coming as a result of her celebrating the Mental Health Awareness Month.
Basetsana reflected on her most depressed moments as she shared an extract from her book.
She said: “It was mayhem. Drips, injections, it was absolute chaos in the ward. We tried everything but I went into labour – the babies were just 20-weeks-old, twins. I could feel their every move. There was such an intimate part of me for 20 weeks but they didn’t survive.
“The doctors put me into a labour ward and at one point I started to lose consciousness and I told Romeo we had to make a decision. The doctors gave me an option to have a general anaesthetic or a caesarean, but I said, ‘no, I don’t want to go home with a scar and no babies’,”
Bassie said she took the decison to go into labour even though she was not sure she would be able to take them home.
She continued: “My sister Lerato had gone to our home to fetch my Bible and my father’s crucifix, which is one of the things I happened to keep in his belongings after his passing. When she came back I told her to read me my father’s psalm with his cross around my neck.”
“When the curtains closed, I delivered my babies- a boy and a girl. The nurse quickly came and asked if I wanted to see them. I said, ‘no. Let them go in peace’.”
Bassie also revealed that her husband, Romeo was there all through the time holding her hands and she is grateful to him.
“I cried, he cried, we all cried. It was painful. I went into severe depression when I lost my babies.”
In her caption, she stated October is a very important month for her and many people might have faced a lot before now but she encourages all to be understanding of each other
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. This month has immense significance to me, as an author and a working mother who believes in educating my children on the importance of self-love and self-care. October is Mental Health Awareness Month and as someone who has traversed many trials, I stand in one voice with our leaders in the call to educate the public about mental health and encourage all of us to be more understanding of each other and reduce the stigma and discrimination that people with mental illness are often subjected to. I have shared my own journey with depression openly in my book, and reflected on my recovery in last night’s LIVE bookreading. Vulnerability is not weakness, it is the necessary door that opens us to heal our darkest places. If you are in trouble, I encourage you to seek the help and care you need and deserve. Thank you to @drgule_ for originating the LIVE book reading idea and for facilitating the conversation. #MentalHealthAwarenessMonth #BMJOHTurnsOne #BassiesBookAnniversary #BassiesBook #MyJourneyOfHope #BestSellers #BMJOH #Celebrate #BooksBeloved #NonFiction #BestSellingAuthor #BasetsanaKumalo #SouthAfricanAuthors #Authors #bookstagram @angeloustudios
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