Njambi Koikai is known by many for her infectious smile and her hearty laughter but no one knows the hardships she has gone through fighting endometriosis.
Endometriosis is the abnormal growth of cells (endometrial cells) similar to those that form the inside of the uterus, but in a location outside of the uterus. This is the disease Njambi Koikai has been battling for the last 19 years, even back then when she did not know what she was ailing from.
NJambi Koikai, who is still receiving treatment abroad, is the first Kenyan to publicly declare battling this disease after which most people have reached out to her to give her moral support and to share their experiences as well.
Njambi, who’s on a road to recovery, has for once shared about her past as she narrated about her first periods’ experience.
According to Koikai, it happened on her way to school aboard a Kenya Bus Service ( KBS) bus.
“As a little girl, I had big dreams. I was a geeky brainy child. Never did I think that life has it’s own twists and turns. I got my first period at 13. I’d catch the KBS to Ambassadeur and head to school. On this day though, I felt a certain sharp pain in my abdomen. Then I started sweating and you all know how those KBS buses would be so packed in the morning… I felt like I’d just been dropped in the middle of Qatar, Bahrain, Dubai, the Sahara Desert and a little mix of Mombasa with Wajir. Joto mwenda.
I turned back and went home. Long story short, I’d started my period. That pain never left my body for the last 19years. Endometriosis ravaged me from the onset of my period. I learnt to live with it. I learnt to work with it. I learnt to scream and enjoy myself on radio and when i couldn’t work I’d call in sick. I learnt to chin up and read the news on tv with it. I learnt to live with pain. Pain has been a part of me for so long,” she wrote in part.
Njambi Koikai has revealed that endometriosis cost her great opportunities including a romantic relationship.
“I’ve lost great opportunities because of this pain. I was dumped because of this pain and i ended up in some crazy relationships. I’ve been receiving treatment and the healing process has not been easy. Endometriosis ravaged my body. There’s healing. There’s hope. We are overcoming. I’m moving over into a new realm of normalcy and I’m ready for it. My prayer is that God will bless me with all the strength to help other women battling Endometriosis. It’s been one heck of a journey but i don’t regret it. These are the lessons I’m carrying forward. God’s faithfulness, grit, endurance, tenacity, faith, hope, truth, love and justice. Jer 29:11.”
Mjambi Koikai is still calling upon well-wishers to help her settle her hospital bill which falls short of Sh5 million.