2018 wasn't exactly a year of smooth-sailing for Zoleka Mandela, but she's trying really hard to stay strong. The expectant mother recently opened up about suffering from depression and how hard it is to deal with.
As a mother of five, Zoleka Mandela knows she has to be strong for her children. But that doesn't mean she's always as solid on the inside as she seems on the outside.
In a touching and raw post on social media, the beautiful woman opened up about suffering from depression.
While depression is something that people aren't always comfortable with and are actually discouraged from speaking about, it is a real problem for many people.
Zoleka has been finding it difficult to come to terms with the loss of her grandmother, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela. That, combined with the fact that the brave woman survived breast cancer twice, is enough to inspire.
Briefly.co.za reported about 4 months ago that Zoleka wrote a touching letter to Ma Winnie in the hopes of finding some solace.
It may have helped, but wasn't enough for Zoleka, who admits she is struggling to ask for help because she fears losing control.
Here's part of her open confession:
Its never an easy emotion to wear or disclose but in my weakness I've always found strength in asking for help even if I always have struggled to ask for it because I don't always know how to or because I do fear losing control. I thought I could come back to social media after a few days and pretend that these past few weeks didn't scare me into silence, into finding it difficult to shower, to be a wife, to be okay, to get out of bed, to leave the house.
I'm depressed and maybe if i'm more honest about these emotions that are representative of the rawness of my reality, the silence won't be bigger than I am.
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