Rachelle le Grange a beacon of hope and inspiration

Posted on March 18, 2021

Rachelle le Grange is a Quantity Surveying student at the Department of Construction Economics.  Her story is a story of hope and inspiration.

Rachelle matriculated from High School Oos Moot in 2018 and in 2019 she enrolled for a degree in Quantity Surveying at UP. She completed her first two years of study but then her life took a different turn.   In January 2021 Rachelle was diagnosed with a life threatening Acoustic Neuroma brain tumor.  The size of the tumor was 3.1 x 3.2cm and it was pressing against her brain stem.  Rachelle and her family approached many doctors who all informed them that the tumor needed to be remove immediately.  Dr. Zorio a neurosurgeon from Netcare Milpark in Johannesburg was willing to do Rachelle's brain surgery.  

On 19 February Rachelle was admitted to hospital where she underwent 19 hours of brain surgery.  They were able to remove most of the brain tumor but Rachelle had severe paralysis on the right side of her body.  She was not able to walk, drink or speak at that stage.  Rachelle is currently recovering at home and her recovery is progressing well. With the help of specialised therapists her walking, drinking and speaking has improved and she is getting stronger every day.  She is still experiencing paralysis on the right side of her face.  

Rachelle is passionate about horse riding and she obtained provincial colors in this sport. She enjoys water sports like wakeboarding and skiing and recently rock climbing also became part of the list.  Her biggest passion however is her love for animals and she has loved and cared for many animals over the years. 

Rachelle is studying towards her degree in Quantity Surveying.  Her whole family works in the construction industry and she was able to gain exposure to this industry while still at school.  She finds quantity surveying interesting are very happy with her career choice.  Her lecturers and fellow students makes her enjoy her studies so much more.  Rachelle is currently taking “leave of absence” from her studies but she is adamant to get back to studying as soon as possible.  She also plans to continue with her BSc Honors degree in Quantity Surveying.

A message from Rachelle to her fellow students:  

"Despite obstacles and challenges that life throws at you, keep working hard for the things you value most.  Hold fast to your Creator because with Him by your side you are more than a conqueror. Never take the small things in life for granted.  To be able to smile is a privilege, even if it is just with the one side of your face.  Live life to the full and keep on until you reach the finish line".

- Author Department of Construction Economics
Published by Elzane Van Eck

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