The actor who plays Shalewa’s mum (TITI K) in MNET's Tinsel shares her battle with the auto- immune rheumatic disease that affects the skin and some organs in the body which started sometime ago.
Talking about managing the disease for the first time, she shares how she deals with the physical changes; "I basically stopped looking in the mirror. I told myself this was only a phase I was passing through. My face had changed completely. My skin looked absolutely scary. I was as skinny as a rake but my focus was my health rather than how I looked. I was in too much pain now to care about my looks".
She speaks about how scary the experience started out for her “At the early stage, I didn’t know what the problem was. I was my own doctor, I read everything on the Internet that seemed to relate with my symptoms. I noticed my teeth had problems, my limbs became heavy to move, my feet, hands, face were swollen. I went very dark and my skin began to harden, itch and became very scaly. I was in pain twenty-four seven"