POPIA Disclaimer

QJDMD South Africa understands that your privacy is important to you and that you care about how your personal information is used. We respect and value the privacy of all those that we have dealings with and use personal information in ways that is consistent with our obligations and your rights under the law. We will only use your personal information for the purpose(s) for which it was originally collected, unless we reasonably believe that another purpose is compatible...

Letter from Dad

My dear boy – Quade On that morning of January 15, you came into this world and sweetened up my life. I can’t thank God enough for the treasure He bestowed upon me. Every dad has that one wish and that’s to have a boy, and man did I get one special little boy, with a smile and laugh that still to today sits within my mind. You have grown up to be a fine little man, a clever one too...

Letter from “Bonus” mom

I wasn’t there when you were born, but you still came into my life… showing me everything that I was missing – (my boy), "Baboy" transpired soon after an inside joke - in your minions phase, and it stuck with us through the years. There is no comparison to the day you made me a “boy mom” for the first time. I had this automatic feeling of protecting you, with big dreams of what life would be like with you,...

Founders Statement

After the initial diagnosis, the co-founders of QJDMD set their minds to leaving a legacy for a boy with a fatal, yet rewarding diagnosis of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy - never letting the community fight alone. QJDMD remains a non-profit organization, located within the Republic of South Africa, striving to create a pathway and lead South Africans to support and care, during their early stages of diagnosis. Today, our mission for creating awareness, leaving a legacy for Quade and providing fundamental...

Good Cop, Bad Cop – Part 2

This happened too soon - too soon after the pathology trauma on Monday 16 May 2022 - re-testing the same bloodwork after meds adjustments. This time around was a little too fresh, too raw... as we walk in he knows what's coming - his fear sets in much sooner than usual. He steps in and sees the multicolored tubes that have now become a part of his life. This time he screams with phrases like: "I can draw my own...

Good Cop, Bad Cop – Part 1

Is there any way that we will ever get used to this? Is there going to be a year where I'll be able to say: "We are in the clear Baboy. We don't need to do more blood tests."? Or will his screams in Pathology, continue to create nightmares as we sleep?! As daddy carries him in... I begin to fill out the paperwork, and I politely let the nurse know that he is a difficult client - as I know what's...