Cancer warriors: Prominent Kenyans diagnosed with cancer (List)

Cancer cases have been on the increase in Kenya,the sad fact being that it affects people of all social standings and all ages leaving families in anguish.

Below are prominent Kenyans whom you might not know are battling cancer

1 .Chris Kirubi

City tycoon Chris Kirubi recently joined millions in encouraging those battling with different types of cancer and he tweeted:

“I look forward to a day when this world will be cancer free, Lets beat cancer together”

Kirubi has been battling acute cancer of the colon. He is still under medication even as he fights to regain back his good health.

DR-CHRIS-KIRUBI

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2. Bob Collymore

Speaking during a television interview with Jeff Koinange, Collymore divulged that by the time it was diagnosed, doctors told him he had it for 6 months.

“I went to London and they told me I had acute myeloid leukaemia- a rare kind of blood cancer that is curable.”

 

Bob Collymore

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3. Kenneth Okoth

Kibra MP Kenneth recently opened up about his battle with stage four cancer,The admission came as a shock to many even as millions took their time to wish him good health.

God cannot give you a test that you can’t pass. This I have learnt over the last two years of being sick and adjusting to a “new normal” in my personal and public life,” Okoth said on his facebook wall.

Ken Okoth

4.Nderitu Gachagua

Former Nyeri governor the late Nderitu Gachagua was battling Pancreatic cancer before losing his life while receiving treatment at Royal Marsden Hospital in London.

5. Big Kev

Kevin Ombajo the CEO of Trublaq and former Capital FM employee had been battling brain cancer which left him in and out of hospitals.

Sadly he lost the battle  almost 2 years ago but before his untimely death he had under gone more than 10 surgeries with the last on e leaving him blind .

He was diagnosed with optic atrophy a condition that leaves its sufferers blind after the optic nerves dry up.

Big Kev

6. Anyang Nyongo

In an article dubbed ‘My journey with Prostrate Cancer’, Nyongo narrated how the diagnosis came about adding that receiving the news was not easy.

“In June, last year (2010), although I was not due for my annual medical examination until July 29 that year, I decided to have the check-up a month in advance, as I was not comfortable with the constant rise of the PSA.

The result of the medical exam revealed that the PSA was still rising; hence possibilities of cancer could no longer be ruled out. The doctor ordered a biopsy, which revealed prostate cancer that was rather aggressive in its progression.”

Lupita and Anyang Nyongo

He adds

“The news was, no doubt, not very easy to take. My urologist decided to put me immediately on hormone therapy. This is an injection that drastically reduces the production of testosterone, a male hormone, which acts as a fertilizer for the prostate cancer cells.

When testosterone is removed or drastically reduced, the cancer cells go into shock, and some of them actually die. Hormone therapy is therefore a good emergency measure to stop the growth of the cancer while a more lasting solution is being sought.”

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Anyang’ Nyong’o admitted at Aga Khan Hospital in Kisumu

Kisumu Governor Anyang’ Nyong’o has been rushed to Aga Khan Hospital after falling sick at a function,leaving many in shock.

“The governor is here at the facility and the doctors are treating him,” a doctor at the facility told the Star on Saturday.

ODM Party leader Raila Odinga and his daughter Ruth Odinga visited Nyong’o at the hospital. They told the media that the governor is in stable condition.

Nyongo was among the leaders that was attending the installation of the new Archbishop of Kisumu, Rev Philip Anyolo at the Uzima University grounds.

Earlier, Nyongo welcomed Raila at the installation ceremony for the new Kisumu Archbishop Philip Anyolo.

 

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‘It Will Be Okay,’ Lupita Pens A Moving Letter To His Dad, Anyang’ Nyong’o

It is rare for Lupita to talk about her family life.

But today she has opened up in a way no one ever expected her to.

“Today is the day my father gets sworn in as the Governor of Kisumu County in Kenya. I thank all those who voted for him and wish him the very best as he embarks on this new journey of socio-political representation,” Lupita posted on her social media platforms.

“To celebrate this day from afar, I reflect on the 10 Things My Daddy Told Me When I Was A Kid That Gave Me Confidence:
1. You are smart: I took this to mean both that I was dressed well (We Kenyans say “smart” for “well-dressed”), but also that I was intelligent. It always made me feel special and valuable.

2. It will be OK: He said this whenever I was sad with the little burdens of my childhood (a fight with my friends, a broken doll, a lost favorite piece of clothing). He also said this when I was concerned with the big burdens of his adulthood (detention without trial, house arrests, caught in tear gas during violent riots). Daddy said this to me as he held me close and I always felt a sense of comfort and security from him. I knew he would do all he could to make my life safe and that he was doing the same to make the country better for all of us.

Lupita and Anyang Nyongo

3. You can do anything: Daddy never EVER made me feel limited by my gender. He supported me when I did things that my society thought un-ladylike, like whistling, dressing like Kriss Kross, and even climbing trees in my adulthood. He was my first example of what feminism looks like on a man.

4. Do whatever you want to do; just do it to excellence: Dreaming out loud was something he encouraged. He loved listening to my adventurous and sometimes unrealistic and romantic ideas. He did that for all of his kids. Together with my mom, my father taught me to dare to imagine an ideal world and go about making it a reality.

Lupita and Anyang Nyongo

5. Knowledge is power: He ALWAYS reads and he is a walking example of how the power of an education never comes to an end. He has taught me that learning is the best way to stay young, beautiful and relevant. A free mind is stronger than a free body.

6. Show me: My Daddy loves to learn from his children. He is not afraid to admit what he does not know, and admitting I am ignorant of things has saved me from a lot of unnecessary embarrassment. Not knowing isn’t a crime. Refusing to learn is.

7. Consider the other side: there is always two sides to a coin. Being able to identify the other side of an argument makes yours stronger. It also makes you more empathetic.

Lupita and Anyang Nyongo

8. You must stand up for what you believe in: This is a fundamental lesson from my father. He lives by it. It is why he serves: To literally make the world a better place. I know I have to do the same. Good people need to do more to bring balance, because the bad people sure are busy these days!

9. Very Good! ‘A’ Minus: This was his way of saying that I did well, but also jokingly reminding me that there is always room for improvement. It’s about not congratulating yourself too much or berating yourself either.

Lupita and Anyang Nyongo

10. Daddy loves baby: He has said this to me all my life. A reminder that he loves me, yes, but also that I will always be his little girl. It is heartening to remember as life gets more and more adult, that we all start off with the innocence of a child and the pure love that comes with it.
Daddy, congratulations! Baby loves Daddy!