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Despite against all adversity, there’s hope

By Ashok Ramsarup :: Women around the world have been making great sacrifices since time immemorial.   Florence Nightingale, famously known for being the Lady with the Lamp,  that made a difference in transforming  the nursing fraternity by helping the sick and wounded soldiers during the Crimean War in the 19th century.  Acclaimed Roman Catholic nun, Mother Teresa, devoted her entire life to serving the poor and underprivileged around the globe after spending decades in Calcutta, which later became Kolkata, is the capital of India’s West Bengal State that was founded during the British Raj in the 1700s.

As South Africa observes the International Womens Month, one Westville woman SHARON Moodley  has contributed to society in spreading her story and empowering and inspiring women in a positive way.  49-year-old Govender was honouredwith the Panache Women of Wonder Awards 2019 at Sibiya, overlooking  the greenhills of the North Coast Coast in the Province of KwaZulu Natal.

Moodley grew up in humble beginnings at Springfield in Durban.  About 500 metres from her house floods ravaged the area and subsequently the Umgeni River rose about six metreshigh. In 1916 the Padavattan brothers saved scores of people from the treacherous floods by using their fishing boat.

She was on her verge of suicide when her sons Kovan and Nigel were killed in a horrific accident tin 2013. This tragedy changed her life dramatically.  Sharon was left almost helpless after her husband Junior Moodley was also killed in an accident. Life has not been easy for Sharon; she picked herself up and trudged along in inspiring others to keep going as the universe is round.

She relates her touching story entitled “Against All Odds, But One of Much Hope” … Her world came crashing down as her heart was utterly shattered.  In her testimony, she said they were ready to take occupation in their new home. But this did not happen as the death of her husband Junior and children psychologically affected her.  “The deaths of the boys continue to haunt her”, she said.

In 2002, Sharon  met her second husband, Trevor Govender, who fortunately met  Sharon’s children and a strong bond developed.  Govender had helped Sharon’s family to seek God and get spiritual guidance.  Sharon and the children decided to follow the Christian faith. She eloquently said the Saviour helped and filled a huge vaccum in her spiritual journey.

Sharon said each day was a new challenge in her life, a amedical condition resurfaced. The diagnosis Trigeminal Neuralgia. It is a chronic pain condition that affects the trigeminal nerve, which carries sensation from theface to the brain. According to medical science, if one have trigeminal neuralgia, even mild stimulation of the face — such as from brushing the teeth or putting on makeup will trigger a jolt of excruciating pain.

“God has helped her to walk through life’s journey during her worst nightmare as her focus was on her children.  On several occasions doctors warned her to take her medication whilst she lay helpless and depressed for weeks in hospital”,   said Sharon.

Today, Sharon said she learnt a tough life’s lesson that God had been the strongest pillar of strength in her life and it’s only the power of the almighty that provides inspiration and survival each day.   In conclusion, she said there was hope at the end of the tunnel.

Ashok Ramsarup is award-winning senior journalist of South Africa 🇿🇦

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