I’ve been practicing the martial art of Karate for many years, and to me it is the epitome of balance between physical and mental activity. This is important in my work (or life) because I see people get stressed and not know how to manage what life throws at them. I know that these skills have given me the ability to remain calm even in the hardest situations.
I work in the supply chain department at Pharma Dynamics, where teamwork is crucial to ensure a constant supply of life-saving medication. Our daily office life reminds me of a relay race – we are constantly handing over the baton! It has always been a dream of mine to help people. I am very privileged to work in a company that is passionate about expanding access to healthcare.
Pharma Dynamics focuses on bringing ground-breaking, generic versions of biologic medicine to South Africans at affordable prices. What does this mean? We take complex combinations of sugars, proteins and nucleic acids made inside living cells and create biosimilars.
The heart is an extraordinary muscle which never rests, beating on average 72 times per minute or 100 000 times a day, for an entire lifetime. The heart pumps oxygenated blood and nutrients to all parts of the body and it is therefore in everyone’s interest to maintain a healthy heart if you want it to serve you well. Like any muscle, to maintain a healthy heart, you need to exercise it, and feed it with the correct nutrients.
My mother has diabetes. Growing up, I saw firsthand the impact of long term illness on her quality of life. I learned that good health is a gift to be cherished and decided never to take it for granted. I set a goal for myself – choose a healthy lifestyle for my family every day.
Last year, I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. As a single mother, a cancer diagnosis is scary. I needed radiation therapy, to care for my son, and somehow keep my job. I hadn’t been employed by Pharma Dynamics for long, and the thought of asking for extended sick leave was daunting – but I didn’t need to worry.