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Battling the monster: I blame cervical cancer for the loss of my marriage

2 months ago, 18 Mar 11:03

By: Josaya Wasonga

Regina Kawira, 34 and a mother of three is gearing up to begin her treatments I am a mother of three. My health issues began in 2016. I started persistent vaginal bleeding, chronic back pains and headaches. Even when I took over-the-counter painkillers or visited the hospital for medication, the bleeding and pains persisted. I had had a Norplant intrauterine device for five years. I thought it could be the culprit so in December 2016, I had it removed. Still, the pains persisted.   I sought a second opinion from a leading local hospital, and they prescribed medications, which I was supposed to take for three weeks. But after two weeks, I was still bleeding and having pains. I returned to that same hospital and they did a biopsy. That is when the doctor told me I had cervical cancer. And thus my misfortunes began. My marriage broke down. My husband couldn’t deal with my sickness. To date, my kids and I live with a friend in Nairobi’s Githurai 44. The doctor told me to avoid stress as I await treatment. I am yet to start radiotherapy. In the hospital that I had previously gone to, they erroneously started me on the chemotherapy, but the doctor stopped it after a couple of sessions, saying that I had to first undergo radiotherapy. Now I am waiting to start on radiotherapy, then chemo. I still bleed, but the doctor has assured me that after the treatment, the bleeding will come to an end.  Grateful that i didn’t need my uterus anyway Grace Wambui, 42: lost her uterus because of cervical cancer. I am a single mother of two girls; 22 and 12 years.  Last year, I started having continuous abdominal pains and vaginal bleeding. When I realized that they wouldn’t go away, I went to a hospital in Mwea where I was living and working as a farmhand. At the hospital, they did an x-ray and I was told that my uterus had a problem. They also did a biopsy, and I was asked for consent to remove my uterus, which I gave and the operation was done last November.  All this while, I had no idea what the core issue was. I just wanted my pains and bleeding to stop. I was only told that they were removing the uterus to prevent the cancer from spreading. It was only when I came to Faraja that I was told that I had cervical cancer.  When my uterus was removed, the bleeding and abdominal pains stopped. I have since stopped taking medication. I have already done five sessions of chemotherapy and starting on radiotherapy. In total, I should do 33 sessions of radiotherapy, one per day. I will also do other sessions of chemo, concurrently. I lost a lot of weight, but now I have regained some of it. Since I was not planning on getting other children, the removal of my uterus has not adversely affected me. I had two options: remain with ...
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Battling the monster: I blame cervical cancer for the loss of my marriage

2 months ago, 18 Mar 11:03

By: Josaya Wasonga
Regina Kawira, 34 and a mother of three is gearing up to begin her treatments I am a mother of three. My health issues began in 2016. I started persistent vaginal bleeding, chronic back pains and headaches. Even when I took over-the-counter painkillers or visited the hospital for medication, the bleeding and pains persisted. I had had a Norplant intrauterine device for five years. I thought it could be the culprit so in December 2016, I had it removed. Still, the pains persisted.   I sought a second opinion from a leading local hospital, and they prescribed medications, which I was supposed to take for three weeks. But after two weeks, I was still bleeding and having pains. I returned to that same hospital and they did a biopsy. That is when the doctor told me I had cervical cancer. And thus my misfortunes began. My marriage broke down. My husband couldn’t deal with my sickness. To date, my kids and I live with a friend in Nairobi’s Githurai 44. The doctor told me to avoid stress as I await treatment. I am yet to start radiotherapy. In the hospital that I had previously gone to, they erroneously started me on the chemotherapy, but the doctor stopped it after a couple of sessions, saying that I had to first undergo radiotherapy. Now I am waiting to start on radiotherapy, then chemo. I still bleed, but the doctor has assured me that after the treatment, the bleeding will come to an end.  Grateful that i didn’t need my uterus anyway Grace Wambui, 42: lost her uterus because of cervical cancer. I am a single mother of two girls; 22 and 12 years.  Last year, I started having continuous abdominal pains and vaginal bleeding. When I realized that they wouldn’t go away, I went to a hospital in Mwea where I was living and working as a farmhand. At the hospital, they did an x-ray and I was told that my uterus had a problem. They also did a biopsy, and I was asked for consent to remove my uterus, which I gave and the operation was done last November.  All this while, I had no idea what the core issue was. I just wanted my pains and bleeding to stop. I was only told that they were removing the uterus to prevent the cancer from spreading. It was only when I came to Faraja that I was told that I had cervical cancer.  When my uterus was removed, the bleeding and abdominal pains stopped. I have since stopped taking medication. I have already done five sessions of chemotherapy and starting on radiotherapy. In total, I should do 33 sessions of radiotherapy, one per day. I will also do other sessions of chemo, concurrently. I lost a lot of weight, but now I have regained some of it. Since I was not planning on getting other children, the removal of my uterus has not adversely affected me. I had two options: remain with ...
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