Karen Phipson is a 58-year old businesswoman from Hartenbos. She has devoted most of her career to the AKTV (Afrikaanse Taal- en Kultuurvereniging) resort in Hartenbos. She has faced many struggles in her life, including past relationships and health challenges. Her inspiring mindset has helped to overcome these issues and focus on the brighter side of life, like her family and professional success.
“I’m the head of conferences and the business MICE (meetings, incentives, conferences, and events) division. I was the marketing manager for the AKTV. But then, due to illness, they moved me here so I don’t have to be on the road anymore. I’ve been working for AKTV in Hartenbos for 20 years.
“I was born and bred here, then I got married and I moved to Johannesburg. That’s where I started my marketing career. I moved to Cape Town and came back here 20 years ago. I moved back for my kids’ sake, I was a single parent by then, I raised them here. It’s a safe environment.
“I’ve got kidney failure. I’m on dialysis three times a week. Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays for four hours. I’ve had three kidneys already. My brother was the first donor, my husband the second one, the third my son. They were all compatible, but there are so many tests. It takes a year to do all the tests. Then, if there’s anything wrong with that kidney, if there’s blood in the urine, then they don’t do the transplant. It’s very sensitive. Everything must match completely.
“You can live with it, if you’re active like I’ve been. It was something to adapt to, but now I’m actually feeling comfortable with it. I was upset at first, thinking, ‘Why me? Why did it happen to me?’ But eventually, you realise there’s a reason behind everything. You have to just let go.