One day, the doctors ordered the nurses to take the drip out of Hlengiwe’s body and put her in a separate room. She had become so thin and weak that she knew that she was placed there to die by herself. Hlengiwe then went back to her bible to ask God to take her again. Miraculously, in the dark room she was put in to die she heard a voice asking her why she wanted to die. Her response was that she has suffered enough and could no longer fight the virus. The voice asked her to look at the opposite side of the room, there lay many bodies of people who were very weak. The voice asked what she sees, she responded that “It’s all the people that have AIDS and are waiting to die”. It was after that the voice said to her, “Stand up and get out of this room so you can educate those people that they can fight this stigma, having HIV isn’t the end of the world”.
For some reason, at that point she found the energy to leave her bedside and opened the door and screamed for help from the nurses. No-one believed she would live through that night, not the nurses or the doctor himself. After a couple of days when she had gained more strength, the hospital called Zodwa to inform her about Hlengiwe’s recovery. Zodwa then instead heard what she wanted to hear as she told everyone that Hlengiwe had passed on. In that week when Hlengiwe was gaining her strength, Zodwa was collecting the society policy money from the community. It was at the end of that week when some of the community members came with Zodwa to hospital to collect Hlengiwe’s body that they were shocked to see a living Hlengiwe.
After the whole drama of Zodwa trying to explain the miscommunication, Hlengiwe forgave her. She looked beyond her evilness based on all the work and responsibilities that she had left her to deal with during her time of need. Because the community wanted their money back; Hlengiwe took responsibility of paying them back. She was aware that she recently received her bonus while she was in hospital and used that money to pay them back. She continued staying with Zodwa as she had nowhere else to go.
The following month Hlengiwe went back to work full time, this time making a commitment to ensure she never goes back to that dark place in her life again. She located her husband again, who went back to the same mistress after her admission to try and get her to take care of him and accept his illness. This didn’t go as planned at first until a couple of weeks later, her husband came back to admit his faults and accept his reality. With that said, he still went back to stay with his mistress of which Hlengiwe didn’t mind at all.
After a couple of month, the mistress died. Hlengiwe decides to attend the memorial service where she requests to speak. Bering in mind that the family knows her, they fortunately give her permission to say something. Hlengiwe was so happy to be given the opportunity to tell people about the virus, her relationship with the deceased and the family. It was during the mistress funeral that they gave Hlengiwe another platform to not only talk about her relationship with the deceased but also spread the word about the virus. She was extremely overwhelmed at the reception she received from her audience.
Not so long after that funeral, her husband came back to appreciate her about the manner that she handled his particular situation despite the way he treated her throughout their time together. They didn’t live together for some time until they eventually patched their differences. They became a family again; within the same community that they began their relationship many years ago. They both went back to church and Hlengiwe started spreading the word about the virus and stigma that people have towards it. In Hlengiwe’s world, she was a survivor and through God’s will she still has a lot to conquer. She had finally found her purpose in her life.
Throughout this period, Hlengiwe started finding out about her husband’s infidelity. The situation had gotten so out of hand that he was sleeping with his friend’s wives within the community because of the money that he still had. One day, one of the next door neighbors had a party for their child and they didn’t invite them to attend, this got Hlengiwes’ husband so mad that he confronted the man next door about sleeping with his wife. The rejection of this entire saga got Hlengiwe back to hospital where she contracted TB of the bones.
As usual Hlengiwe the fighter trusted her guardian angel, the bible, and again she pulled through the worst of pain and suffering. Her husband died while she was in hospital, this was maybe the closure she needed to stop her cycle of going back to a place she didn’t want to be in. But for some reason she found herself dealing with her demons the same way by using alcohol and sleeping around with men in the taverns within her area. Then after one of her drinking sprees, she went to the train station again to try killing herself. She prayed to God, confessing her sins, and then she waited and waited. It was only after a while when an old lady asked her what she was waiting for as the trains weren’t running on that day. Again, her time had not come.