Phumeza Mdabe’s son survives cancer battle

Mdabe told Sowetan yesterday that her two-year-old son was diagnosed with the killer disease and that’s why she had to step out of the limelight for a while. The good news is that the child has now received the all-clear.

The former Our Perfect Wedding host would not disclose the type of cancer her son fought.

Mdabe’s son with musician Shota was cleared by doctors in October. She returned to work a month later, joining the cast of Heist, the upcoming drama series.

“He is in remission. So he is fine now.”

She said the disease was an eye-opener for her.

“The experience taught me to never take anything for granted. Life is very short and sometimes it can do a complete 180 degrees on you. Literally, when you say every moment counts, you mean every moment counts and we never look at it that way.

“I also learnt to appreciate the people in my life more. It gave me the understanding to give 150% when I do things, no more fear,” Mdabe said.

She is looking forward to the future and working more on TV but said that she would never forget where she had been with her son.

“If you were never in a situation, it is hard to relate to another person who is going through it. In the past, I always heard about breast cancer and other illnesses but [only] once it happens to you, it’s a totally different thing. It taught me to not exclude myself from other people’s situations because whatever they are going through at that moment is hectic. It made me more sympathetic as a person and to pay attention to people who are going through things and humble myself in life,” she explained.

Mdabe left the popular Mzansi Magic wedding reality show at the end of 2014 and was replaced by comedian Tumi Morake. At the time of leaving the show, she said she was grateful for the experience and loved it but admitted to missing her family: “I hardly get to see the kids and husband. It is a huge sacrifice.”

She plays the role of Thembi in Heist, a woman whose man is a thief. Her storyline teaches how money can destroy lives and how it can separate loved ones.

“A lot of people wanted me to come back but unfortunately I couldn’t then . Now, I’m back, and check me out!” she said.

The series is inspired by the true-life story of the cash heist after Justin Bieber’s Johannesburg concert, and is produced by revered Rolie Nikiwe. It premieres on next Tuesday at 9.30 pm.

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