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Tsiode Graduates From USP Despite Health Issues

“I paid $500 per session for my dialysis (non-Fijian rate) and I have dialysis 12 times in a month which means three times in a week.
26 Sep 2021 12:09
Tsiode Graduates From USP Despite Health Issues
Kelinda Dame Tsiode with her Diploma in Accounting certificate from the University of the South Pacific.

Kelinda Dame Tsiode was determined to complete her studies which brought her to Fiji in 2019 despite being di­agnosed with renal failure.

The mother of three children graduated with a Diploma in Ac­counting from the University of the South Pacific.

“I was diagnosed with renal failure in December 2019 and also suffered from other compli­cations,” said Ms Tsiode who is originally from Nauru.

“In 2020, I started having mul­tiple seizures and had head sur­gery due to blood clots. Because of these health problems I missed at­tending classes and was confined at the CWM Hospital,” Ms Tsiode said.

“I was able to overcome these challenges through God’s grace and I am grateful for his love. There was also support from my husband, children and families, study buddies and the lecturers themselves including my man­agement team of Nauru Utilities Corporation.

“At times I felt like giving up which is due to human imperfec­tion and negative thoughts with low self-esteem. At times I felt it was a waste of time and resources by those who were supporting me.

“But in the end, I always push myself up again,” she said.

“Everything happens for a rea­son. What God has planned for you will always work out. Not even sickness or any disease can deter that.”

Ms Tsiode was motivated to graduate despite her health com­plications.

“Prior to traveling from Nauru to Fiji for my studies, I sold eve­rything I had to embark on a new beginning to further my studies,” she said.

“Despite the obstacles I encoun­tered, I was determined to com­plete what I came to do.

“I paid $500 per session for my dialysis (non-Fijian rate) and I have dialysis 12 times in a month which means three times in a week.

“I would like to thank the Nauru Utilities Corporation – the compa­ny I work for; for sponsoring me and its support. I would also like to acknowledge the Government of Nauru for fully funding my treatment while I study, and the Nauru Embassy in Suva for tak­ing care of my wellbeing.

“I would also like to thank Dr Amrish Krishnan and his staff for being by my side whenever I fell ill. I do appreciate all their sacrifices in making sure that I am always in good hands.”

Ms Tsiode advice: “It is not too late to pursue your dreams. Grab all the opportunities thrown at you. Keep working towards your goal.”



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