Anjlee Gadhvi passed away this past week. The much-loved and admired K24 anchor left Kenyans with many memories. One of those was her touching message to the late Janet Kanene Ikua.
Janet for those of you who can’t remember was also a former K24 presenter who died from liver cancer back in 2017. In the YouTube video doing the rounds, a lively Anjlee is seen paying tribute to Janet.
“Dear Janet, it has been a while since we spoke. You have been quiet, a bit too quiet. I wish I knew what was running through your mind. Today I heard you left and I do not know how to reach you,” Anjlee narrated in a lovely poem.
“I made broccoli soup the day before yesterday and you crossed my mind and I smiled at the thought that you once mentioned that you loved broccoli.” Anjlee added.
She then went on to ask the late Janet whether she had finished her 28-day juicing diet and then reminisced about a poem that Janet had shared with Mrs. Gadhvi.
The rest of the video is just as poignant with the depth of emotion palpable for the viewer. Watch the powerful tribute below;
Anjlee and Janet both braved the trying waters and hardships of the disease side by side. Two years after Janet’s death, Anjlee is no more and all her fans could do was cry desperately as they said goodbye on the comment section.
Many Kenyans decried the loss of such powerhouses to the same disease in such a short time. Anjlee died on Friday, January 10. She struggled with the disease for six difficult years and fought till the end.
Diabetes, Aflatoxins, excessive alcohol are some of the factors that increase the chances of getting this killer disease.
According to the Mayo Clinic, factors that increase the risk of primary liver cancer include:
Chronic infection with HBV or HCV. Chronic infection with the hepatitis B virus (HBV) or hepatitis C virus (HCV) increases your risk of liver cancer.
Cirrhosis. This progressive and irreversible condition causes scar tissue to form in your liver and increases your chances of developing liver cancer.
Certain inherited liver diseases. Liver diseases that can increase the risk of liver cancer include hemochromatosis and Wilson’s disease.
Diabetes. People with this blood sugar disorder have a greater risk of liver cancer than those who don’t have diabetes.
Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. An accumulation of fat in the liver increases the risk of liver cancer.
Exposure to aflatoxins. Aflatoxins are poisons produced by molds that grow on crops that are stored poorly. Crops, such as grains and nuts, can become contaminated with aflatoxins, which can end up in foods made of these products.
Excessive alcohol consumption. Consuming more than a moderate amount of alcohol daily over many years can lead to irreversible liver damage and increase your risk of liver cancer.
Gadhvi passed away on 10th January 2020 – at 13:15 while undergoing treatment at the Aga Khan hospital.
K24 news anchor Anjlee Gadhvi died on Friday 10th January 2020 – at 13:15 while undergoing treatment at the Aga Khan Hospital.
Gadhvi was battling with cancer hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) a type of primary liver cancer in adults, since 2014.
Celebrities have mourned her describing her as an Authentic Soul. Here are the messages of condolence from different Kenyan celebrities
Juliegichuru I am heartbroken 💔 Rest in peace sweetheart 💔
k_knaust Friendship is deep and powerful and amazing, but it is hard to really explain why. If you have a close friend you just know what I mean. No surprise, when a friend dies, like when a family member dies, we don’t “get over it”. We learn to live with it. It may get different, it may get easier, but it is always with us. #anjleegadhvi 🤎
Faithmuturingugi Noooooo!!! We just talked 2 days ago!! I can’t believe this! We talked juzi. She was okay!
A few days before we had such deep conversations. @anjleegadhvi was always so authentic. I asked how she was really doing and she said she was so grateful to be alive. We talked about life and death. She shared how she had been given a month or so to live and here she was 6 years later. That was last week.
She shared that she is more intentional about life, to live and to love. 2 days ago we talked about the youth of Kenya – she was so passionate about equipping youth to be patient and resilient and to have character.
Last week I asked her how she was really doing and she said ‘Faith, I have my days- some good, some bad. But now I’m tired. It’s been 6 years, I am tired of bring strong. I have prepared my children – you never know the day. We talked about taking it a day at a time.
Then she went on to console me concerning our loss. That was her – always thinking of the other person more.
We have talked more in the last week than in our entire friendship. We didn’t talk as often but when we did, it was meaningful. In the last week, she would call to follow up. In almost all our conversations, she would remind me to pray for her. More than once she said ‘Faith, I know that your prayers are so powerful’. We talked about prayer and having faith.
Thank you for being a gift to me and others. Thank you for being so strong and for inspiring us deeply. We were to catch up today – I am still calling in disbelief coz 2 days ago you were okay – or so I thought. I’m sorry I didn’t call.
I’m shaken, yet will I trust in God. We continue praying for your family. My heart breaks. It shall be well.🙏😂
Serahteshna My darling Anjilee, I’m completely lost for words. You were brave, full of life and kind. A true warrior who fought a good fight. May heaven open its doors for you. Rest well my Friend 💔.
sheilamwanyigha Gone too soon…💔 Your shine is forever. #anjleegadhvi ✨✨
Bettymuteikyallo My sweet Anjlee. You fought so strong. Breaks my heart that you are gone 💔 You are a warrior. May your spirit live on and may your family find strength at this time. I shall miss you. 😣
sowairina Rest My love… Rest🕊
Zkananu @anjleegadhvi My friend and former colleague, I’ll never forget the moments we shared at the gym…You were a fighter, you held your head up high and we had a lot to learn from you, we talked about so many things, you’ll forever be in our hearts, RIP dear…🌹 To your husband, children and the entire family, May God bless and keep you in His care now and forever. You are in my Prayers.🙏🏾
K24 news anchor Anjlee Gadhvi died on – 10th January 2020 – at 13:15 while undergoing treatment at The Aga Khan Hospital.
Gadhvi was battling with cancer hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) a type of primary liver cancer in adults, since 2014.
After taking a break from tv, she came back last year and did a feature story titled “the cancer lie”
She also shared with fans her experience during the break.
“I am a cancer thriver, I know its been a really long time since I graced your screens but I’ve been on a path of recovery, self-discovery, healing and self-love, but I’m back. During this cancer awareness month, I’ll be bringing you a special report on cancer but with a twist.”
In another feature titled “anjlee gadhvi chronicles her journey of pain and resilience in battling cancer” she shared details of her battle with the disease.
“I had the desire to live, but I was faced with two scenarios. I had no money to undergo a transplant and didn’t have a suitable donor.”
In 2016, an appeal was sent to Kenyans who raised 6.4 million in four hours.
Anjlee Gadhvi, one of the most beloved journalists in the country, is dead. The former K24 Anchor and Cancer Warrior passed on today at 1315hrs while undergoing treatment at the Aga Khan hospital.
Gadhvi was diagnosed with liver cancer in 2013, but went public about it in 2015, after funds raised by family and friends got drained. After she appealed for public help, Kenyans donated over Ksh6 million in hours.
The last message Anjlee posted on her Instagram page before she died was on the 24th of December. The photo was Anjlee with her mother and her kids.
Her lovely and heartrending caption is below;
So happy here my mum joined me on vacation. She managed to take a break after 20 so years and make it to Mombasa! She couldn’t recognize county 001 but recalled so many of childhood memories… to feel the Indian Ocean, her breeze, her sand is healing and rejuvenating on it’s own! But making memories with her grandchildren and me…. cannot be described. It gave me a sense of satisfaction.. I just hope I make it through and make many more memories! Happy holidays lovely people!
Last year alone the country has lost prominent leaders like Bob Collymore, Ken Okoth and Joyce Laboso to cancer, something that the government has ‘started’ taking more seriously.
Anjlee Gadhvi is one of the most popular Kenyan anchors. The woman has been battling cancer the past few years, something that she has been very open about.
The K24 news anchor recently released a video that clawed at the heartstrings as she tried to make her five-year-old daughter understand why she has to leave Kenya to go to India.
Anjlee tries to make her daughter repeat why she has to go for treatment with her daughter tearfully saying, ‘Because you have to get in a machine that has to check if you’re alright or not. They embrace as Anjlee responds, ‘I’m going to miss you.’
But her daughter isn’t done yet. She advices her mother to seek treatment at the Aga Khan University Hospital in Nairobi, suggestions that Anjlee has to lovingly shut down, saying,
Aga Khan has those machines but my doctor is in India and he knows how to check my chest better, so far I’m doing better, I don’t need oxygen all the time, I don’t need to nebulize all the time. Aga Khan hospital does not have those machines that can treat your momma. The doctors in India know more about momma’s chest and they are going to help your momma be better and stronger.
Gadhvi was diagnosed with liver cancer in 2013, but went public about it in 2015, after funds raised by family and friends got drained. After she appealed for public help, Kenyans donated over Ksh6 million in hours. Various journalists took to their timelines commending Anjlee for her bold move, in the process sharing uplifting messages.
Former BBC Africa Business Editor, Larry Madowo, applauded her action telling her, ‘You’re so brave for sharing this, and for having the courage to battle publicly. I know you’re incredibly strong and will beat cancer. All the best.’
This year alone the country has lost prominent leaders like Bob Collymore, Ken Okoth and Joyce Laboso to cancer, something that the government has ‘started’ taking more seriously.
K24 news anchor Anjlee Gadhvi has been fighting cancer. The screen siren penned down a message to her fans explaining how it all went down during her radiotherapy.
She explained how she would cringe in agony anytime the air stuck on her chest. At some point, she even had an inflammed throat which sometime gave her difficulties while eating.
Here is what she said after seven weeks of treatment.
This has been my spot for the last 7 weeks.
30 sessions, of 45 minutes each has been some tough life exams..being strapped in a single position with my arms stretched above my head has made this body sore.. Unpleasant side effects resulted in an inflammed throat, a tedious process of being unable to swallow or eat without pain😷😷😷. Had a few burns on my neck and chest, and boy do i value how important burps are!! And flatulence!!!!!! Love them🤭🤭🤭🤭, they are healthy. I would cringe in agony and suffocation when the air got stuck in my chest and i just couldn’t burp…😑😑 Least to say, my energy was being sapped.
Finally this part of treatment is over….. Yes, despite the drama, i still decided to go to work for a few days of the week and look fabulous!! 😍😎. There was no way in hell would i let any of this take away my smile, and gratitude for life and my passion for journalism. Had i not had the opportunity to learn certain life skills nor had an amazing and powerful spiritual teacher #GMCKS and Gods grace, i don’t think i would be here.
This crazy ordeal has made me value a few aspects of life even more. The value of being anchored, of being grounded and deeply rooted. My teacher says, “Be gentle on the outside, but firm within”, So so grateful for this gift of life. I Treasure it, i love it and i breathe it!!! And every single day, i say THANKYOU life !!!! Love to you all, my virtual hugs to you all!!
PS: ILL BE LOADING MY HAPPY DANCE 🙈🙈
Anjlee had stayed for a year without presenting news as she had been fighting cancer. After her comeback, she wrote touching message to her fans.
Came back to reading the weekend prime bulletin after a year. Had missed this adrenaline rush that is so part of me.. i had forgotten about this…i really needed this wake up call as a reminder of who i am and why i chose to be a journalist. A part of me is lost as i have been so so consumed by Cancer and the treatments, that i lost track of my purpose. My self esteem, energy levels has all been compromised in this process of coping with either side effects from the medication or the disease itself. I was so lucky to have a panel of guests who understood me, and where i am coming from, yet we all met for the first time! So thankful to them honestly for hosting me too 😂😂🤗🤗🤗 Situations will always arise where you feel you cant give your all… and i think that is perfectly fine! If you can give that little in your stormy journey, trust me that is a milestone!!! To you all, cheers to the small milestones you accomplish! Dont stop! Keep moving forward and focus on building the new! No need to be perfect and prim… be graceful in your storm!