Local and international female celebs battling endometriosis -List

We take a look at local and international female celebrities who are battling endometriosis and those who have overcome the disease, whether partially or completely.

Endometriosis, sometimes called “endo,” is a common health problem in women. It gets its name from the word endometrium, the tissue that normally lines the uterus or womb.

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Endometriosis happens when this tissue grows outside of your uterus and on other areas in your body where it doesn’t belong.

 Most often, endometriosis is found on the:
  • Ovaries
  • Fallopian tubes
  • Tissues that hold the uterus in place
  • Outer surface of the uterus

1. Jahmby Koikai

Jahmby says she has battled the disease since she was 13.

My name is Mary Njambi Koikai, a stage 4 Endometriosis survivor. The disease had ravaged my body for 19years and 3 years ago it spread to my lungs and chest area.

This disease was causing my lungs to collapse every month while I was on my period. I have undergone 16 surgeries including the main surgeries here in Atlanta, Georgia.

I have never had a painless period since I was 13years old. Doctors tried everything on me.

I tried everything you can think of until my gynaecologist told me I needed specialized treatment.

‘I am not cursed, I’m fighting for other women as well’ Jahmby Koikai speaks out

Jahmby Koikai
Jahmby Koikai

2. Janet Mbugua

Janet opened up on her journey with endometriosis recently sharing her struggles and wins with the condition with her followers.

This was me in 2015. Ten years earlier, in 2005, I had just undergone a laparoscopy for deep ovarian endometriosis, also known as endometriomas or ovarian cysts.

It causes the formation of cavities within the ovary that fill with blood.

Janet Mbugua

It had been years, literally since high school, of painful, prolonged periods that sometimes rendered me unable to go to class or to the office, especially during the first few days of my cycle.

Finally getting a diagnosis was such a breakthrough and I was put on birth control thereafter and have had to continue using this, except for the times we were trying for a baby.

Until today, if I don’t take my medication, I’ll struggle during my period.

‘It had been years of pain’ Janet Mbugua speaks on battling endometriosis

3. Ciru Muriuki

The BBC reporter has on a few occasions opened up about battling endometriosis. For her no pain can compare to the one the condition puts one through.

Sharing a past photo of her Ciru says that its been years of pain.

This was me, after my first laparoscopic surgery for endometriosis cysts. It was two days before Christmas in 2017.

Basically,what was happening was I was bleeding into my ovaries every time I had my period.

Words cannot describe the pain. It sometimes takes years for endometriosis to be definitively diagnosed because women are told that pain is part of being a woman.

Ciru Muriuki

 

4. Whoopi Goldberg

During  a past speech Whoopi said that she was lucky because her doctor was intelligent enough to identify what she was suffering from.

I had endometriosis 30 years ago maybe. 

I was very, very lucky.  I had an intelligent doctor who sort of knew what was going on and said well, here take this stuff and he cleared it up.  I was very lucky.

Whoopi Goldberg
Whoopi Goldberg

5. Jillian Michaels

The famous trainer was diagnosed with endometriosis and polycystic ovary syndrome, both of which affected her fertility.

“I was always told that fertility would/could be a problem for me. Why do I have this? … In order to get pregnant, I know it would require surgery.

Jillian Michaels
Jillian Michaels

For me, it becomes a sort of ‘I can’t handle doing that,'”she told Momlogic.

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‘I have been questioning God why I go through so much pain’ Jahmby

Jahmby Koikai has opened up about her battle with post traumatic stress disorder caused by unresolved trauma and the side effects from the medication.

Jahmby has been battling endometriosis for years, something that has left her body fighting to stay healthy.

On many occasions she has shared her struggles with the aim of creating awareness.

Jahmby Koikai

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Sad as the situation maybe she always puts some humor to it and there has never been a dull moment with her.

Hey fam….every girl has that one stocking they love to wear on their head lol…it comes in all colors grey, black, brown, white etc. Stretched to all limits. Torn, knots, but we still love them.

Don’t grin at me like, Haki Njambi lol…the point is the comfort they give us and the protection they provide for our hair.
That brought me to a very important point about God.

I’ve been in a lot of pain last few days and I’m way past asking God why me. I’m at the stage of Job.

Jahmby Koikai
Jahmby Koikai

Though He slay me, yet i will put all my trust in Him.

I trust in God for His peace and comfort and the protection over my life.

I’ve battled a chronic illness that’s almost put me out but God’s reminding me that I’m here to fulfil His purpose.

I’ve also been battling serious Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (P.T.S.D), panic attacks, anxiety and depression caused by unresolved trauma and the side effects from the medication.

Jahmby Koikai
Jahmby Koikai

She adds

I will talk about depression and PTSD in detail in another post. 
As hard as it may seem, as confused as we may be, trust in God. He is in control. I’m walking through it and His mercies are new every morning.

This is a week of busy appointments with my doctors and I’m believing God for great reports and good news.
I walk in faith.

By faith not by sight. Please be encouraged that we are here together and through our Lord and saviour we shall overcome.

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‘No bras for me due to pain and scars in my right breast and lung’ Jahmby

Jahmby Koikia continues  to share the struggles she goes through with the aim of encouraging another person battling the same condition.

In a recent post she shared of the simple things she can’t do,Most of us take them for granted.

She cannot rock heels,nor wear a bra .

I love fashion. Passed down to me by grandmothers and mother. Unfortunately this disease has created a shell out of me.

A once very stylish, fashionable, creative lady now only fits into loose trousers, t-shirt, sweatshirt and jacket.

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Jahmby Koikai
Jahmby Koikai

I don’t wear bras due to the pain and scars in my right breast, lung, diaphragm and ribs. I don’t wear heels due to the swelling of my feet.

Just one pair of sneakers gifted to me by @edwardkemboi No tight clothing due to the scars on my tummy.

I used to enjoy shopping with my sis at Toi and Ungwaro market, trying out clothes, raiding my grandmother’s wardrobe and mom’s stuff.

She adds

I also miss my sis bargaining eeeh cos mimi sinanga time ya kubargain.

Pale Toi Market, wanajua siste wakimwona wanajua sasa ni kueka Economics 101, Maths, Calculus, Statistics as to why she should buy at that price and not a lower price.

Kuna beste yangu pia alikuwa anaitwa Muthomi ama Chile enzi za Sunbeam alikuwaga ni supplier wangu ama tuseme alikuwa stylist wangu.

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Jahmby Koikai

Chile alikuwa anatambua uzi mbaya.

It’s just a matter of time, I’ll get back on it.

I can still rock hats though…found this hat at one of the stores at therapy, tried it on and took a pic. Funky much😊

Jahmby who is still in hospital also requests her fans to help her raise cash to offset her mediacls bills which run into millions.

Kindly help me finish strong to raise Kshs 4.8m.
Paybill Number is 490681
Account Name is Jahmby Koikai Fund
For my US fam cashapp is 678-467-2746
$jahmbykoikai
In the for section kindly put Njambi Endofund
For my international fam kindly see the gofundme link on my bio

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‘5 years ago I was depressed, stressed and overwhelmed’ Ciru Muriuki

Ciru Muriuki celebrates her birthday today and among the things she is thankful for is the fact that she is no longer depressed and over whelmed.

She took to social media to celebrate her self with the message below.

“I’m so grateful to the Almighty for granting me another year. When I look back at who i was 5 years ago…

Stressed, depressed, overwhelmed, and look at where I am with my life and my career, I’m overwhelmed with gratitude. I’m so blessed and I don’t take this for granted.

Happy birthday to me! 🤗🤗.

‘It had been years of pain’ Janet Mbugua speaks on battling endometriosis

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Ciru who now works for BBC recently shared her long battle with Endometriosis .

Sharing a past photo of her Ciru says that its been years of pain.

This was me, after my first laparoscopic surgery for endometriosis cysts. It was two days before Christmas in 2017. Basically,what was happening was I was bleeding into my ovaries every time I had my period.

Words cannot describe the pain. It sometimes takes years for endometriosis to be definitively diagnosed because women are told that pain is part of being a woman.

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But here’s the thing. Terrible pain during your period is not normal. A prolonged, heavy period is not normal. A period that interferes with your daily routine is not normal.

Endometriosis has no cure. We need to push for more research into this terrible disease. #periodmatters #endowarrior #endometriosisawareness #yellowforendo #donotsufferinsilence #KnowEndo

She adds

The thing about endometriosis is that it stays with you every day. Even if you’re not in pain, there’s the fatigue. I wish I could describe how tired I get.

Then you dread your period. The horrible pain. The nausea.

The sweating. The vomiting. The constipation or diarrhea. Being scared of soiling yourself because of your heavy flow. None of this is normal. We need a cure.

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‘Words cannot describe the pain’ Ciru Muriuki on battling endometriosis

BBC reporter Ciru Muriuki has shared her battle with endometriosis.

This comes days after Janet Mbugua also shared her battle with the same condition.

Sharing a past photo of her Ciru says that its been years of pain.

This was me, after my first laparoscopic surgery for endometriosis cysts. It was two days before Christmas in 2017. Basically,what was happening was I was bleeding into my ovaries every time I had my period.

Words cannot describe the pain. It sometimes takes years for endometriosis to be definitively diagnosed because women are told that pain is part of being a woman.

‘It had been years of pain’ Janet Mbugua speaks on battling endometriosis

Ciru Muriuki

But here’s the thing. Terrible pain during your period is not normal. A prolonged, heavy period is not normal. A period that interferes with your daily routine is not normal.

Endometriosis has no cure. We need to push for more research into this terrible disease. #periodmatters #endowarrior #endometriosisawareness #yellowforendo #donotsufferinsilence #KnowEndo

 

She adds

The thing about endometriosis is that it stays with you every day. Even if you’re not in pain, there’s the fatigue. I wish I could describe how tired I get.

Then you dread your period. The horrible pain. The nausea.

The sweating. The vomiting. The constipation or diarrhea. Being scared of soiling yourself because of your heavy flow. None of this is normal. We need a cure.

Endometriosis  is an often painful disorder in which tissue that normally lines the inside of your uterus — the endometrium — grows outside your uterus.

Endometriosis most commonly involves your ovaries, fallopian tubes and the tissue lining your pelvis. Rarely, endometrial tissue may spread beyond pelvic organs.

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‘It had been years of pain’ Janet Mbugua speaks on battling endometriosis

Janet Mbugua has opened up about her battle with endometriosis. Although she has spoken about it now she has battled it for more than a decade.

The sassy media practitioner loves keeping her life private but shares bits that she feels will encourage someone else.

Sharing a photo on social media Janet narrated how the ailment made her miss work and school.

‘I am not cursed, I’m fighting for other women as well’ Jahmby Koikai speaks out

This was me in 2015. Ten years earlier, in 2005, I had just undergone a laparoscopy for deep ovarian endometriosis, also known as endometriomas or ovarian cysts.

It causes the formation of cavities within the ovary that fill with blood.

It had been years, literally since high school, of painful, prolonged periods that sometimes rendered me unable to go to class or to the office, especially during the first few days of my cycle.

Janet Mbugua

 

Finally getting a diagnosis was such a breakthrough and I was put on birth control thereafter and have had to continue using this, except for the times we were trying for a baby.

Until today, if I don’t take my medication, I’ll struggle during my period.

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She adds

Endometriosis affects an estimated 1 in 10 women during their reproductive years (ie. usually between the ages of 15 to 49), which is approximately 176 million women in the world.

So let’s wear yellow and stand with endo warriors like @elsie_odhiambo @jahmbykoikai and many others. Let’s talk periods and most importantly, let’s talk period pain.

Because ladies (and gents), a very painful, prolonged period is NOT normal.

Jahmby Koikai is among other prominent Kenyan personalities who have openly talked about battling Endometriosis for more than 15 years.

 

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Jahmby Koikai mourns losing her grandma to Pancreatic cancer

Today marks 3 years since Jahmby Koikai lost her grandma to pancreatic cancer that had been discovered at an advanced stage.

In a candid Instagram post Jahmby narrates how her grandma was diagnosed with  ulcers only for doctors to find out she had pancreatic cancer stage 4.

“Mummy…It’s 3 years on. Never thought time would fly past us like this.
September 2015, is still quite vivid and livid for me. I had been having weird chest pains and a very dry cough for close to two months and my grandma had some debilitating stomach pain.

My sister and i were raised by grandma and mom who we all fondly called mummy and never shosho, my mom is mom. We were rushed to hospital.

I was told that i had to go for surgery that night due to a collapsed lung which the doctor thought was due to my underweight issues. Mummy was diagnosed with ulcers.

A few weeks later we found out she had pancreatic cancer stage 4. She later passed away on March 18, 2016.”

Jahmby Koikai's mum
Jahmby Koikai’s mum

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Jahmby goes on to say

“Now in my previous post, alot of Kenyans have been misdiagnosed with ulcers yet they have various stomach cancers. I’d like to share more info with you.
1. After getting your CT and MRI scans, a biopsy should be carried out to determine the stage of the cancer/tumour.
2. Stomach cancers cause blockages in the bile duct and one may require surgery to clear it up.
3. By the time you are done with step 1 and 2, you should have an oncologist who will help you to either start radiation or chemotherapy.
Mummy was too old for radiation plus her cancer was at an advanced stage.
4. Now for chemotherapy, please do your research on the intravenous chemotherapy or tablet chemotherapy. This is not a very easy process for any patient. We had tablet/oral chemotherapy for mummy. It was way too strong for her.
5. Morphine is the only painkiller that can ease the cancer pain. It’s not an over the counter drug. You must have a prescription.

Rest well mummy. We miss you so much❤

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‘People I called friends walked out on me, I cried so much’ – Jahmby Koikai

Jahmby Koikai has been battling endometriosis for so long and that journey has seen her lose friends or people she thought were her  friends.

In swahili they say ‘Pata shida ujue marafiki wako ni nani’ which translates to ‘Get into trouble and find out who your real friends are’.

One friend has stood with Jahmby amidst all these even offering to help raise money for her medical bills. Celebrating her friend on Instagram Jahmby wrote

“Hey fam…my Endo journey has blessed me with sisters from far and wide. There were days I’d look back on people who i used to call ‘friends’, ‘sisters’ and I’d cry.

They all left,but God was clearing out them for me. He’s blessed me with new amazing sisters. This girl right here is a gem.

She met me, she’s been visiting me. She’s seen me struggle in pain. One day she called me and said Njambi i have an idea. I said ok.

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Jahmby Koikai’s friend Tracii Gitonga alias hotmanyanga

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She decided to sacrifice her time here in Atlanta to run and raise funds for me. @hotmanyanga raised $2,000..Kshs.200,000 for my fundraiser.

She ran everyday for close to a month. So imagine juzi she just calls me humbly and told she managed to raise this amount on her own and personally delivered it to me yesterday. Girl thank you.
My hospital bill has escalated and I’m grateful for the love, support and prayers.
God bless you ma. Thank you for your kind heart, love and all the joy you have shared with me and mom.
Remember we are growing through what we are going through.
Nakupenda sana na ubarikiwe zaidi.”

In the past Jahmby confessed that she has not had it easy when it comes to dating either.

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‘Help me tag Steve Harvey,’ Njambi Koikai wants to attend show

Njambi Koikai has battled endometriosis for a long time now and every day she has a new story to tell about her journey.

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Faya Mamah managed to get the help of many donors to help clear her hospital bills through fundraising campaigns and so far she has gone through 19 surgeries both in Kenya and abroad.

Despite all the attention she has scooped in Kenya, Njambi Koikai is seeking to talk about her medical issues on a bigger platform like the Steve Harvey’s show.

Njambi Koikai

She has appealed to her fans to help tag Steve Harvey so that she can get his attention and he will be able to be featured on the show.

In the post, she gives a run down of what has been happening to her throughout the disease.

” Hey, Fam.
I’m Njambi Koikai: I’m an Endo Conqueror. Fighter. Warrior. I have shared my story many times before and I’m always living to tell a new one. I battled thoracic endometriosis for over 15 years, which started with painful periods getting worse and worse, followed by lung collapses. Years of misdiagnosis led to me to search further for the cause of my pain. That is how I discovered the Center for Endometriosis Care in Atlanta where I received my life-saving surgery. The cost of treatment was prohibitive meaning I had to fundraise since I had no employment nor insurance. I was categorized as one of the worst cases of endometriosis ever seen. Two weeks ago, I sadly had another lung collapse, making it 19 surgeries over the last 19 years. I have survived to date thanks to God and your support has been crucial. Please join me in my efforts in trying to raise awareness worldwide so that other women may be able to get help too. Please help me tag @iamsteveharveytv let’s see if we can make it more than 20k comments😊”

Many celebrities including Chito from KISS FM has called out his army to help tag Steve Harvey.

‘My lungs collapsed for the 19th time but God has kept me,’ Jahmby Koikai

Jahmby Koikai has narrated how her battle with endometriosis has seen her lungs collapse for the 19th time something that continues to cause her anguish.

Koikai has been battling the ailment for over 15 years and it has not been an easy journey but she is thankful that God has seen her through it all.

“I’m Njambi Koikai: I’m an Endo Conqueror. Fighter. Warrior. I have shared my story many times before and I’m always living to tell a new one.

I battled thoracic endometriosis for over 15 years, which started with painful periods getting worse and worse, followed by lung collapses.

Years of misdiagnosis led to me to search further for the cause of my pain,That is how I discovered the Center for Endometriosis Care in Atlanta where I received my life saving surgery.”

Jahmby Koikai

She adds that a few weeks ago, her lungs failed for the 19th time.

“The cost of treatment was prohibitive meaning I had to fundraise since I had no employment nor insurance I was categorized as one of the worst cases of endometriosis ever seen.

Two weeks ago, I sadly had another lung collapse, making it 19 surgeries over the last 19 years.

I have survived to date thanks to God and your support has been crucial. Please join me in my efforts in trying to raise awareness world-wide so that other women may be able to get help too.”

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Hope for the millions of women with endometriosis as ‘scientists close in on a cure’

Hope has been raised for millions of endometriosis sufferers as scientists have edged one step closer towards a cure.

Researchers took stem cells from patients and managed to reprogram them to become healthy womb tissue in the lab.

Endometriosis occurs when the tissue that lines the uterus is found elsewhere in the body, such as the pelvis, fallopian tubes and sometimes even the eyes.

When these cells break down during a woman’s period, it causes internal bleeding, which can cause agonising discomfort and infertility.

‘This is huge,’ senior author Dr Serdar Bulun, from Northwestern University, said. ‘We’ve opened the door to treating endometriosis.’

The researchers took ‘master’ stem cells from the skin and bone marrow of women with endometriosis.

These cells can be engineered to produce any cell or tissue the body needs to repair itself.

Using hormonal treatments, the scientists reprogrammed the stem cells to become healthy endometrial cells in the lab after just two weeks.

Endometrium is the name given to the womb lining.

The study was published in the journal Stem Cell Reports.

Due to the cells being taken from patients themselves, there was no risk they would be rejected, the scientists said.

Although stem cells have previously been turned into tissue found in the heart, liver and pancreas, this is the first study to show it can become uterus lining.

As well as benefiting women’s health, the scientists even believe their study could help combat the opioid crisis in the US, which President Trump has declared a public health emergency.

‘These women with endometriosis start suffering from the disease at a very early age,’ Dr Bulun said.

‘So we end up seeing young high school girls getting addicted to opioids, which totally destroys their academic potential and social lives.’

The next step is to see if diseased endometrial cells can be reprogrammed to become healthy outside of the lab.

WHAT IS ENDOMETRIOSIS?

Endometriosis occurs when cells in the lining of the womb are found elsewhere in the body.

Each month, these cells react in the same way as those in the womb; building up, breaking down and bleeding. Yet, the blood has no way to escape the body.

Symptoms include pain, heavy periods and fatigue, as well as a higher risk of infertility, and bowel and bladder problems.

Its cause is unknown but may be genetic, related to problems with the immune system or exposure to chemicals.

Treatment focuses on pain relief and improving quality of life, which may include surgery or hormone treatment.

Source: Endometriosis UK

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‘I still have time to be here’Jahmby Koikai states she has a long life ahead

What doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger and this seems to be the case with Jahmby Koikai who has become more of an Endometriosis ambassador.

Before being diagnosed, Jahmby like most girls thought that the pain she experienced every month during  her menstruation would go away not knowing the her problems were only beginning.

Speaking up earlier Jahmby opened up on how the disease almost crippled her life given the fact that she did practically nothing during that time of the month.

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She wrote

“My life was centered around my period. I’d never work while I was on my period. I couldn’t even walk to the bathroom, I’d crawl cos of the pain. No one knows the cause of this disease. It could be genetic, could be as a cause of various environmental issues”

Well many years later Jahmby has every reason to smile as she can now do things that she could not do before because of her failing health. Since coming out publicly she has been a role model for many who do not have the courage to speak up.

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She wrote

“Hey fam. Can we take a moment to thank God. I’m thanking God so much. It’s been 4 months and my lungs have never collapsed. I’ve been breathing on my own. Yesterday at hydrotherapy i was deep water diving heeeeh @djpinyebtw I’m coming for you. Nimeiva swimo na breathwork mbaya sana.Nikirudi naona nikitafuta kazi Kenya Navy😊 Loads of other DMs from people battling chronic diseases asking me how I’m dealing with this.
1. I believe in God and Jesus Christ.
2. I believe in will power.
3. The world has not yet experienced my talents and gifts so i still have time to be here
4. I have to give my mom and my sis the BEST. My grandma passed away but i have to give these two beautiful ladies the best.
5. I believe in pushing and never giving up.
6. God has sustained me because He has a great plan for me.
7. You have all supported me in this journey. Your messages of hope have kept me going.”

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She goes on to encourage other Kenyans to be supportive to each other given the fact that no one knows what tomorrow brings.

She wrote
“Our country is faced with many people battling chronic diseases. The best we can do is to encourage, pray and motivate each other. Pray for each other. No one knows what their cells are carrying. We are living in perilous times but there’s love and happiness. The first step to conquering any disease is mental strength. If we don’t have that, we have already given up.

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Thank you for being my family and a wave of support. I have Kshs. 3.6 million to raise to pay for the pending hospital bill and cost of therapy.
Paybill Number is 490681
Account Name is Jahmby Koikai Fund 
For the international fam kindly see the gofundme link on my bio 
For the US fam cashapp is 678-478-7804
Lucy Karuri
In the for section kindly put Njambi Endofund “

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‘I am not cursed, I’m fighting for other women as well’ Jahmby Koikai speaks out

Talented media personality Jahmby Koikai has been battling Edometriosis for sometime.

Endometriosis, sometimes called “endo,” is a common health problem in women. It gets its name from the word endometrium, the tissue that normally lines the uterus or womb. Endometriosis happens when this tissue grows outside of your uterus and on other areas in your body where it doesn’t belong.

Most often, endometriosis is found on the:

  • Ovaries
  • Fallopian tubes
  • Tissues that hold the uterus in place
  • Outer surface of the uterus

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Other sites for growths can include the v*gina, cervix, vulva, bowel, bladder, or rectum. Rarely, endometriosis appears in other parts of the body, such as the lungs, brain, and skin.

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Jahmby Koikai has been courageous enough to talk about it, something not many people would be willing to do due to stigmatization and ridicule by society.

Like any other Kenyan fighting a serious medical condition, Jahmby has had to deal with unwelcome advice , accusations and suggestions from strangers.

She took to her Instagram page to clear the fact on the fact that she is not bewitched rather she is sick and not ashamed to say it. She wrote

Hey fam let’s make a few things clear. My DM has been filled with some of these peeps of late.
Please don’t come in my DM
1. ‘advising me about my hair’, ‘it’s not acceptable and i should shave’
2. Asking me to visit pastors and prophets for healing and altogether absconding my treatment and therapies
3. Asking me to carry out rituals and how i should visit the elders
4. I’m not cursed.
Just accept me. Accept the fact that I’ve broken barriers by speaking about menstruation and endometriosis.A taboo topic. Accept that I’m in the fight to make sure our women get the best reproductive healthcare.
My hair ain’t got nothing to do with this. I think my brain, my heart, my uterus and my love for God does. This is a milestone for all women that we shall be silent no more. Reproductive health issues are affecting all of us rich and poor. Educated and alternatively educated. Married and single. We as women are fighting with biological functions. If you understand that, then you will know that this is about the millions of women fighting for freedom from pain.

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Jahmby Koikai

‘I am coming back soon’ Jahmby Koikai hints during her friend’s birthday

Her fans took their time to encourage her and here are some of their comments

johnmboya254J…ahmby no worry yourself all will be .well in Jesus name

faithaneandes…He’s able and He’ll never disappoint and that is our God…healing will continue to be your portion Jahmby because His favour is on you..

carolinekamau59…Shut your ears from naysayers they are only there to bring you down… You have so positive all along my gal I am proud of you…hair or no hair, prophets or elders it doesn’t matter @jahmbykoikai @j

niabattei❤…tell em!Nothing  is more annoying i find like unsolicited advice …..agh!

daviso254..Concentrate more on getting well faya momma. Don mind the parrots. When I listen to all these mixes of waaay back pale metro fm always remembers of how strong you’re. I really miss you. God will see u through all this. Remember to always have the will of pressing on 🙏🏾🙏🏾

rosawaweru30👏👏👏👍👍👍👌👌👌clear to the point

ezzierah…Wishing u well. Let’s their talk never hurt u.

nonomurgor…The fact that you have to say this is sad. What is wrong with people? @reprodrive @bridgitkurgat

 

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‘I am coming back soon’ Jahmby Koikai hints during her friend’s birthday

Jahmby Koikai has been battling endometriosis, undergoing painful operations abroad to recover from a health condition that is determined to pull her down.

She is among Kenyans who have come out publicly and opened up on fighting this disease, which the public does not know much about, leaving many Kenyans suffering in silence.

In an earlier post, she expressed her excitement on the great steps she had made in her recovery journey, terming herself as a winner rather than a victim.

She wrote

“I see myself and see a CHAMPION, A WINNER. A QUEEN. A MOVER AND SHAKER. I SEE GOD’S DAUGHTER. DAUGHTER OF THE SOIL. I am happy I’ve never been in denial about my struggles. This has been the first step to healing. Acceptance, then we push forward. We have fought. Fam, it’s been 3 years of battling a condition that has ravaged my body for the last 18years. I’ve lost jobs, lost relationships(I’ll share about this soon), lost friends.

Jahmby Koikai
Jahmby Koikai

God has replaced all these things for me. God has renewed my strength more than ever. I cannot believe we’ve come this far. This is the first time i haven’t experienced anxiety and panic attacks. My lungs are operating at a maximum capacity. I’m eating well.
More than anything, love has helped me heal. Love is the best drug. I’m so loved and i love right back”

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The good news is that she is recovering well and she hopes to come back home soon. She spoke about this while wishing her friend, selector technix, a happy birthday.

Jahmby reminisced on the good times she had before she got derailed by Endometriosis.

Here is her message to her friend selector technix.

“Happy birthday to one of the most talented selectors. If you know, you know😊…. can’t write much about our journey i think we should just do a movie about it lol. I’m coming back soon and i know you’re ready as always. You’re the most humble person I’ve ever worked with. You’ve taught me patience, tenacity and the power of always rising above. This disease stopped us on so many levels but I’m doing great and it is a thing of the past.

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Thank you for who you are. Thank you for being my teacher, my colleague, my selector, comedian and my friend. Happiest birthday to you. He taught me how to select music or deejay as we call it. He heard me emceeing along to dub and that’s how i stopped selecting to become his emcee😊 @selectortechnix God bless you in this new year. We got work to do son😊 Tulianzia Nyanza, tukapatana Chemil and the rest is history. Over 10 years together😊 Tulianzia Black Supremacy wale wanatambua
(Been quite exhausted last few days. Intense therapy. I’ll update you on how much has been raised)

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Jahmby’s fans were excited at the news of her comeback and here are their messages for her

the_hannibals…For a minute I thought you were up and i was happy,its a postponed happiness anyway,you will be well

ogendo58…Can’t wait this combination

georgewilly254@jahmbykoikai …We cant wait to have u back at home you fought that battle like the warrior you are God really loves you empress

qerol_keshhbd @selectortechnix ….we miss you mama ..jamby get well soon

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‘I was dumped because of Endometriosis ‘ ailing Njambi Koikai opens up

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 Koikai while receiving treatment abroad

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.

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‘I’m stitched up and tubes run from my right side’ Jambi Koikai shares the pain she’s been experiencing

Jambi Koikai popularly known to many as Faya Mama is undergoing surgeries because of a condition called Endometriosis.

This is a medical condition that occurs when the lining of the uterus, grows in other places. When menstruation comes, it has nowhere to go.

Jambi, has come out to narrate her painful experiences that happen every month when she receives her periods.

Njambi Koikai

“LET ME BREAK IT DOWN FOR YOU….I’VE SPENT ALL MORNING TALKING WITH MY MOTHER. I’VE CRIED. I’VE WAILED FOR THE WOMEN OF THIS NATION.
YOU SEE I’VE UNDERGONE 10 SURGERIES AND A SET OF 3 SPECIALISED ONES TO GO. SO AFTER I LEAVE THE THEATRE, I CANNOT WALK. THEREFORE I USE A BEDPAN FOR A FEW DAYS. IF I NEED TO PEE I HAVE TO CALL A NURSE. IF I NEED TO SH&* I HAVE TO CALL A NURSE. THE NURSE COMES WITH THIS METAL PAN THAT IS PLACED UNDER MY ASS AND I HAVE TO BE LIFTED TO FIT ON IT LEST I MESS MY BED. I’M STITCHED UP AND TUBES RAN FROM MY RIGHT SIDE TO A PLASTIC DRAINER. AFTER A FEW DAYS I’M ALWAYS ADVISED TO GET OUT OF BED AND WALK. WELL IF I NEED TO GO THE TOILET AFTER I’VE STARTED WALKING, I NEED TO CALL THE NURSE SO WE CAN DETACH THE BOTTLE AND I CARRY IT TO THE TOILET. NOW REMEMBER I’M STITCHED UP. THE PAIN IS IMMENSE, BEDSORES HAVE ALSO FORMED ON MY BACK BECAUSE I SLEEP FACING UP. I HAVE NO SUPPORT BECAUSE I NEED TO GAIN STRENGTH. THE WALK FROM MY BED TO THE TOILET IS THE LONGEST. NEVER MIND THAT I CAN’T BEND ONCE I’M THERE. I’M STILL HOLDING ON TO MY DRAINER BOTTLER BECAUSE IF I LET IT GO, IT WILL MESS UP MY LUNGS. IT’S DRAINING WATER, BLOOD AND AIR FROM MY LUNGS FOR THE NEXT 5DAYS.
ALL THIS WAS CAUSED BY PERIODS AND THE CONDITION I’VE BEEN BATTLING KNOWN AS THORACIC ENDOMETRIOSIS.
MY MOTHER JUST SHARED WHAT SHE WENT THROUGH WHEN SHE GAVE BIRTH TO US. THE STITCHES. THE CUTS. THE PAIN. THE AGONY. AND SHE WAS A SINGLE MOTHER.
THEN WE THINK ABOUT KENYATTA NATIONAL HOSPITAL. WOMEN WHO’VE UNDERGONE CS AND GIVEN BIRTH NATURALLY HAVE IT WORSE THAN ME. THEY UNDERGO WORSE PAIN THAN WHAT I’VE DESCRIBED. THEN TO THINK THEY’RE IN DANGERS EYE OF RAPISTS.
YOH AMERICAN WOMEN SAID TIMES UP.
IT’S ABOUT DAMN TIME WE ALSO SAID TIME IS DAMN UP.”

‘I woke up in a pool of blood’: TV star claims Chinese herbs ‘cured’ her agonising endometriosis

Former glamour model Alicia Douvall has revealed she suffered a debilitating, crippling womb condition that left her exhausted, depressed and robbed her of her sex life.

The TV personality has spoken out about her five-year battle with endometriosis which caused her periods to become so heavy and painful she woke up one day ‘in a pool of blood’.

After an operation brought no relief, the 38-year-old was devastated to be told her only option was a hysterectomy – which would force her into an early menopause.

In a desperate bid to avoid this, Alicia, from London, sought out natural therapies and says a combination of acupuncture, diet and Chinese herbs have virtually ‘cured’ her of her symptoms.

The mother-of-two, who was also found to have fibroids and an ovarian cyst, said: ‘My periods used to be fairly regular but then they started going haywire – they went really heavy and I was bleeding in between periods.

‘Then one day I woke up in a pool of blood. It was absolutely terrifying. You expect the worst and I spent a lot of time worrying that I had cancer. I suffered for three years before I was diagnosed with endometriosis. I was exhausted all the time and sex was extremely painful.’

alicia douvallEndometriosis – where lining of the womb is found elsewhere outside the uterus – can also lead to infertility, fatigue and bowel and bladder problems.  It has been described as a ‘silent epidemic’, given that it affects up to one in ten women.

‘I couldn’t go on the way I was’

Alicia’s problems began in around 2009 and she spent the following few years having a barrage of tests and seeing different specialists.

‘I went on the NHS at first but I just kept getting fobbed off and wasn’t getting a firm diagnosis so then I went private,’ she said.

Alicia is not alone in her struggle. On average it takes 7.5 years from the onset of symptoms to get a diagnosis, according to Endometriosis UK.

After it was finally confirmed, doctors firstly tried putting her on the Pill in a bid to ease her symptoms but it had no effect.

And painkillers such as ibuprofen did little to subside the pain.

‘My medicine cabinet made me look like a junkie,’ said Alicia. ‘But nothing worked and I knew I couldn’t go on the way I was.’

So Alicia then had an operation to cut away patches of endometriosis tissue and also had her fibroids and cyst removed.

Thankfully, the condition hadn’t destroyed her fertility then and a month after the surgery she fell pregnant with her second child, Papaya Coco, who is now five.

‘After the operation my symptoms got so much better and I thought I was cured,’ she said. ‘But around two to three years later they flared up again and the excruciating pain in my abdomen area came back. I was devastated. It was really disrupting my life and getting me down.’

After waking up in a pool of heavy bleeding she was told her next move should be a hysterectomy, in order to cause her hormones to plummet since oestrogen encourages endometriosis tissue to grow.

However, she was warned this could cause symptoms such as hot flushes, depression, vaginal dryness, insomnia and night sweats.

‘I thought no way, I’m too young to go through the menopause and it made me look into alternative therapies,’ said Alicia.

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