Cape Town – Former Miss South Africa and now businesswoman, Bokang Montjane-Tshabalala took a trip down memory lane to celebrate the miracle birth of her firstborn son.
Bokang admitted that she was overwhelmed when she found out that her son had “borderline autism”.
Taking to Instagram, Bokang posted a lengthy and heartfelt message to her now eight-year-old son, reflecting on the highs and lows of parenting and how she could not be more proud of the little man he’s growing into.
“When you were around two or three I noticed that you were so different, the way you’d relate to people and then I noticed your speech was delayed. I didn’t care what anyone said. I trusted the voice inside me because I knew the feeling I had was God whispering to me.
“At four you were diagnosed to be on ‘borderline autism’. I struggled emotionally, psychologically and mostly spiritually. I went through a stage of heartbreak, anger and then grief, then finally I accepted because I knew I had to heal so I could help you find your voice.
“I remember thinking I’m not enough and I’m not equipped to be the mom you need but I soon learnt I was created for you and you for me. Mommy and daddy were blessed enough to find the perfect school with specialists and three years later we can’t get you to stop talking,” she wrote.
Bokang said that she and her husband, former South African football star, Siphiwe Tshabalala, believed in miracles as her son had found his voice.
“Your spirit is out of this world. You tested my faith and restored my faith, I thank God for you. I always knew God loves me but through you I know and I know God lives, that God loves me. Through you I know that Gods’ grace surrounds me at all times. I know ]you are loved, protected, elevated and needed in this world. I got to see maatla a Modimo le Badimo (the power of God and the ancestors) through you. I know you ngwanaka (my child) walk with God. Now I believe in miracles. Even when you couldn’t make a conversation you’d sing a song word for word, I soon realised you were preaching to me “Way maker’ so I never lose hope.”
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Compiled by Matthew Petersen