‘It’s been 21 years of pain’ Njambi Koikai says about endometriosis

Njambi Koikai has been a reminder to Kenyans that the will to live despite all the challenges that life can throw one’s way, someone can still hope and thrive.

The former The Trend presenter has been suffering from endometriosis for a long time and even had been hospitalised in the U.S for close to a whole year as she received treatment in Atlanta.

Njambi Koikai
Njambi in hospital

But what many might not know is the toll that her disease took on her education, with the lady revealing that she was expelled severally right from high school, to A-levels and even in campus.

Njambi shared her story on Instagram, revealing that her condition saw her study for much longer than she was actually expected to.

“I was expelled from 4 high schools, dropped out of A-levels, went to Daystar University, graduated in 2008, joined USIU dropped out in 2009 and went back and finally graduated in 2016. Na mi ni emcee wa reggae…… *excerpts from my book*.”

Njambi Koikai
Njambi Koikai

In another of her posts, she admits that Endometriosis and Adenomyosis robbed her off, her younger years.

Endometriosis and Adenomyosis had to do with all my struggles in high school and all the expulsions and Uni. This disease robbed me off my younger years. Affected my social life and certainly my studies. It created a shell out of a once bubbly, energetic, ambitious little girl. This disease is brutal and is affecting millions of women silently.

However, she was quick to joke about how despite the several institutions she joined and courses she took, her dream of becoming an ‘ambassador´, drowned.

Njambi Koikai
Njambi Koikai

Njambi isn’t one to forget who stood with her during her tough times. “Special shoutout to my girl @mimi_letion who helped me during very turbulent times at USIU while I battled Endometriosis,” she wrote.

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Despite the struggles, she remains grateful.

All in all, I have a heart of gratitude. I’m thankful to God because I will also conquer Adenomyosis. It’s been 21 years of pain. 21!!!!!!! I’m just happy to be here.. God has been so good to me.

Njambi Koikai
Njambi Koikai

What’s the difference between endometriosis and Adenomyosis?

Although they can occur together, endometriosis is when endometrial cells (the lining of the uterus) are in a location outside of the uterus. Adenomyosis is when these cells exist or grow into the uterine wall. Although both can cause pain, does not always cause heavy bleeding.

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Great news! Former Trend presenter Njambi Koikai coming back home

Njambi Koikai is one of the most inspirational people that the Kenyan nation has produced.

The former The Trend presenter has been through the wringer the past 2 years.

Njambi Koikai
Njambi in hospital

The reason for that is the condition that she has suffered from the time she was a teenage girl-endometriosis.

The disease has caused her to go abroad for treatment. She has been away and it seems like the culmination of that time there might be coming to an end.

Njambi Koikai
Njambi Koikai

The gritty entertainer has hinted that she might be on her way back. She shared the great news on her Instagram page as she showed off her piano skills playing Sauti Sol’s, ‘Kuliko Jana’. She wrote,

#LongFightToHealing #JahmbyKoikaireturns. Hey fam been unwell. We recorded this a few weeks ago. All i can say is thank you and God bless you all abundantly. Nairobi see you soon. #JahmbyKoikaiReturns.

This is excellent news considering the lengthy time that Njambi has spent abroad battling a disease that has made have upward of 20 surgeries.

‘I have undergone 21 surgeries so far,’ Njambi Koikai tells Ellen Degeneres

From the video, one can see that she has gotten better and is looking much healthier than she was just a few months ago. Throughout that period she asked for support from Kenyans to help pay for her treatment.

Njambi Koikai
Njambi Koikai

Her video received a lot of positive feedback from her followers. Her journey mirrors that of American actress Lena Dunham. She revealed on Facebook in 2016 that she’d been diagnosed with endometriosis.

The 29-year-old has lived with the illness since she was a teenager, and has written about it before. Her post is below;

Lena Dunham post
Lena Dunham’s post

Endometriosis affects approximately 176 million women of reproductive age (15-49) worldwide.

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Msaidieni…Read Njambi Koikai’s Hearbreaking Story About Battling With Endometriosis

Njambi Koikai is appealing to well-wishers to help her raise Sh3.4 million for her treatment. The media personality, who has been battling endometriosis, underwent surgery early March at a hospital in Talanta, USA and she’s recuperating. Continue reading “Msaidieni…Read Njambi Koikai’s Hearbreaking Story About Battling With Endometriosis”

‘Hospital Ward Can Easily Make One Go Mental,’ Confesses Njambi Koikai As She Begs Kenyans For Support

Media personality Njambi Koikai is a strong woman. The former Nation Media Group employer has been battling endometriosis for so long but early last month, she underwent a successful surgery in Atlanta USA. The thankful lady took to social media to praise the Lord for doing wonders in her life.

“My surgery started at 8 am and they finished at 5 pm. My right lung was completely damaged but these doctors have fixed it. I had so much hidden endometriosis hidden in my pelvic area and in the diaphragm. The constant insertion of chest tubes caused scars and the thoracic surgeon wondered how I even survived.
God is great. God has done it for me,” she wrote in part.

 

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Njambi Koikai is still in the hospital recuperating and she’s calling upon Kenyans to help her raise money for her treatment. The whole process is sh10 million but she’s short of sh3.4 million.  So far Njambi Koikai has managed to raise sh6.6 million.

“Seeing the outside world was freedom. The hospital ward can easily make one go mental with no connection to what’s going on out there but it’s also a time for reflection. After my long walk, this became my chill spot. Looking at buildings, chimneys emitting smoke and the ever-changing weather. I have never been happier to just see natural light, buildings na hata moshi lol. Little pleasures. I’ll tell you about those two huge boxes connected to my walker. Extremely painful and heavy.
I’m still fundraising and we are now at 6.6m.”

Njambi Koikai

“Paybill Number for those at home is 490681 Account Name is Jahmby Koikai Fund
Kindly see the gofundme link on my bio.

Cash app for diaspora fam is $Lucy Karuri
Phone number: 678-478-7804
In the for section put ‘Njambi Endo Fund’

We are also having a fundraiser and thanksgiving event on the 5th of May at Believers Center in Marietta, Atlanta GA from 3 pm.”

In another post, Njambi Koikai life and believing in God.

“Life is made up of seasons but through these seasons ye shall know the Father. God is the ruler of our lives. We go through different seasons in order to grow. Growth is also a requirement for personal and spiritual revelation. Challenges create moral and mental strength. Fear becomes an illusion in the horizon and nothing scares you anymore. To know God is to know life. To love others as Christ did is to truly love. Sometimes we may never understand why things happen as they do but we are here to move through the motions of life and conquer all fear. Conquer and overcome all battles and challenges through Christ that strengthens us. It is possible. All things are possible to those that believe. Faith. Hope. Pray. Believe. Forgive. Love. Just thought I’d share this with you my fam. We ain’t giving up.”

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‘No one understood where my pain was coming from,’ Radio host opens up about her struggles with endometriosis

One in ten women around the world have endometriosis, but it was only this week that their pain was recognised by the Australian government.

Australian Minister for Health Greg Hunt announced on Tuesday that the Federal Government will now develop the first National Action Plan for endometriosis.

He described the move as ‘long overdue’, and apologised to sufferers that it had taken the Parliament so long to give them recognition.

Radio host Mel Greig, who suffers from the condition, told Daily Mail Australia she cried tears of joy at the news.

‘Endometriosis sufferers are finally being acknowledged on the level that we need,’ she said.

Greig had suffered with severe period pain from a young age, but it wasn’t until she was 23 that it became ‘unimaginable’.

‘Going to the toilet felt like a knife stabbing me over and over again,’ she said.

‘It’s like barbed wire being ripped through you. It’s unbearable and excruciating.’

Greig’s doctor told her that a simple pill would fix her, but it only masked the pain. She eventually would have to get major surgery and a bowel resection.

Endometriosis is a disorder in which tissue meant to line the uterus grows outside of it instead. It has long been called a ‘silent epidemic’.

Hunt revealed that the National Action Plan will target education and awareness, as well as research and funding, for endometriosis.

The government has begun by giving the University of Queensland an initial $160,000 grant for endometriosis diagnosis and treatment research.

Greig, an ambassador for Endometriosis Australia, hopes the National Action Plan will give ‘vital’ education to young girls.

‘When I was 16 no one understood where my pain was coming from and I just had to deal with it,’ she said.

‘They need to understand what’s normal and what’s not, and to get help at a young age, especially given the fact it takes seven years to diagnose on average.’

Endometriosis Australian director and co-founder Donna Ciccia likewise hopes the plan will give validation to sufferers everywhere.

‘After years of being told “It’s all in your head, it’s just period pain, it’s normal, you’re being dramatic”, finally someone is listening and taking it on board and helping to create real change,’ she told Daily Mail Australia.

‘Lack of awareness in our community has led to late diagnosis, missed treatment opportunities, loss of jobs, lost productivity, loss of daily functioning, and even suicide and death.’

Ciccia hopes the action plan will deliver a federally-funded awareness campaign, a national education plan, increased research funding, and clinical standards of care for endometriosis patients.

Hunt’s announcement came just three weeks after a Change.org petition was launched demanding endometriosis be recognised by the Australian government.

The petitition, launched by endometriosis sufferer Karlie Wilkinson, received more than 111,000 signatures.

Wilkinson detailed her long struggle with the condition, describing it as ‘morning sickness without the baby’.

‘It is surgery every six to 12 months, being told you’ll never have children at the age of 19, and morning painkillers just to get through the day,’ she wrote.

‘It is torture and it is real. These symptoms persist every single day of our lives, it is our “normal””.

Ciccia hopes the government’s decision will set an international precedent that can finally end the stigma surrounding the condition.

‘Women’s menstruation has been a taboo topic both socially and culturally,’ she said. ‘Most people don’t even know endometriosis exists.’

‘Raising awareness across Australia is crucial to helping to address the burden that endometriosis places on our individuals, families, schools and workplaces.’

‘It was only about 30 years ago that diseases like breast cancer were just not discussed. It is time now to end the silence on endometriosis.’