Nosisana Mankayi – Taking it in her stride

Nosisana Mankayi handles her diabetes with a calm head and determination to manage it, thanks to her parents showing her that it doesn’t have to be a struggle.


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Nosisana Mankayi (61) lives in Cotswold, Port Elizabeth. She is married with two adult daughters.

When Nosisana was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in 2016, the news wasn’t too overwhelming as both her parents had diabetes and they both lived good healthy lives with the condition. So, Nosisana felt confident that if she managed it well like her parents, she would also live a good long life.

However, she admits that there are days that she does find herself stressing about her condition.

She was prescribed chlorpropamide which was working well up until the end of last year and so another medication was added. Nosisana will go for her check-up in the next few months to see if the added medication is working well.

For exercise, the 61-year-old teacher walks on the weekends and during school holidays. She says she doesn’t have a specific eating plan but does try and eat healthy.

She adds that she is open with her Grade 10 – 12 learners about her diabetes and will openly talk about it with people.

Nosisana is grateful to her friend Pamela Molefe for introducing her to DSA Port Elizabeth support group as she has gained much knowledge about diabetes with helpful info and tips to  manage her condition.

Laurelle Williams is the Editor at Word for Word Media. She graduated from AFDA with a Bachelor of Arts Honours degree in Live Performance. She has a love for storytelling and sharing emotions through the power of words. Her aim is to educate, encourage and most of all show there is always hope. Feel free to email Laurelle on editor@diabetesfocus.co.za

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Laurelle Williams is the Editor at Word for Word Media. She graduated from AFDA with a Bachelor of Arts Honours degree in Live Performance. She has a love for storytelling and sharing emotions through the power of words. Her aim is to educate, encourage and most of all show there is always hope. Feel free to email Laurelle on [email protected]


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