Woman thrives, despite having HIV: 'Nothing’s going to stop me'

Woman thrives, despite having HIV: 'Nothing’s going to stop me'

- Evelina Tshabalala leads a healthy and adventurous life, even though she is HIV positive

- Evelina has even run marathons and climbed some of the biggest mountains

- She has become an inspiration for people living with HIV, and offers support and advice

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Evelina Tshabalala is an inspiration for women living with HIV/Aids. She is living proof that HIV is not a death sentence. In fact, her adventurous spirit is proof that it is beyond possible to live a long, healthy and fulfilling life.

Evelina is an athlete and and an adventurer. She has accomplished what many healthy and fit people can't even boast about. She has run marathons and even crossed the finish line of the Comrades Marathon and lived her dream of placing in the London Marathon, Briefly.co.za found.

She has also climbed mountains, including Mount Kilimanjaro, Mount Elbrus in Russia and even the Argentinian giant, Aconcagua.

Evelina was 34 when she was diagnosed with HIV in 1999.

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She has always remained positive in the face of adversity. She found the strength to look past her status, refusing to see it as a burden but as a challenge. She is now 54- years-young.

Having achieved so many blessings in her life, Evelina shares her positivity with others, by helping her community and other people with HIV who are less fortunate as herself.

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Evelina's passion for running was ignited when she was a youngster on a farm in Harrismith in the Free State, where her family who were farm workers lived.

When she moved to Cape Town, she took her athleticism up a level, even waking up at 4 am to train. After two impressive victories that occurred on the same day, Evelina developed a taste for the thrill of crossing finish lines. The prize money from the events enabled her to buy proper shoes.

She offers 24 hour support and advise about living with HIV to anyone who needs it and has helped challenge the stigma associated with being HIV positive, paving the way for others to lead successful lives.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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