‘It ruins your self esteem’ Grace Msalame talks on her journey with fibroids

As we mark World Fibroids Awareness Month, media personality Grace Msalame has opened up about her journey with fibroids.

Grace, who is a mother of two, says that she ignored her body even when she knew something was not right.

My fibroid showed 2 years ago so the doctor suggested we just ignore it. He said it would disappear and sure enough it did.

Last year I started having heavy bleeding which lasted for 7-8 days and I would have painful cramps.

I knew something was wrong but I was afraid of going to the doctor because I was afraid of him confirming the worst.

When I went to the doctor, he found my fibroid had grown to 7 cm -10cm and there were little ones surrounding it.

Grace Msalame

Grace adds

I went through open surgery immediately.

I have been through CS before and I thought I would not have had an easy time snapping back to health.

But I think that is the toughest journey I have come out of. I don’t know if it is because I am older.

It was a journey and it affects your esteem. After the surgery it takes time to get back to your former body.

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Grace says that at some point people assumed she had fibroids because her uterus was ’empty’ .

This is because her twins are 8 and she has no other kids.

In conclusion she says

They were removed and all we are doing now is to pray and hope that they don’t reoccur as the only solution to fibroids is to have the uterus removed (Hysterectomy).

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‘I might never give my husband a child’ Janet Mbugua’s sister in law on battling fibroids and miscarriages

Tabitha Ndichu, sister -in -law to Janet Mbugua has opened up about her journey with fibroids and the challenges she has gone through.

Tabby is the founder of My Red Is Beautiful ke and also an advocate for women living with fibroids.

Speaking during Unscripted with Grace Msalame, Tabitha said

‘In 2016 September we had just come from our honeymoon and its then that the symptoms started.

I was having heavy bleeding and very painful cramps.

It sucked because from painful s3x to not being able to enjoy my experience as a new bride it crippled my life for me and my husband.

I used to have a 5 day period but when it went to 10 then 14 days I knew there was a problem.

It reached a point I couldn’t sleep. I couldn’t eat and I had to ask for more off days when my menses came.

Tabitha Ndichu alias Tabby
Tabitha Ndichu alias Tabby

Tabitha adds

In 2017 February I had gone back to lose some weight to balance my hormones and try looking for a baby, I started feeling dizzy.

My trainer suggested I take some water but after that I couldn’t move, he had to let me go home.

After that I was diagnosed with Anemia.You always look pregnant and people would constantly ask whether I was pregnant.

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Tabitha adds that she really wants to give her husband a child

I would do anything to be able to give him that baby but I cannot do it.

I always see how much he loves kids.

Something I am yet to come to terms with is the fact that I might never be able to give my husband a child.

I have been to surgery three times and every time I would go home to recover I would get into depression.

I am tired of the pity party. I am tired of being angry at everyone. One day I even asked God to just let me not wake up.

Tabitha Njambi
Tabitha Njambi

Tabby went on to add that in March this year she had been pregnant but sadly the pregnancy did not go to term.

‘Not many people know this but in March this year I was pregnant and that gave me some hope.

We kept the news between my husband and I.

That means I can get pregnant because there was a heartbeat, the issue is carrying the pregnancy to term.

Tabitha has symptomatic fibroids meaning that they have grown inside the uterine cavity meaning when the child is trying to grow the fibroids compete for nutrients hence miscarriages.

I have been pregnant twice the last two years.There are so many misconceptions on fibroids and people need to be educated.

I have missed so many events because I do not leave my house the first five days of my period. People sometimes feel like you are intentionally doing it.

I pray and hope that one day they will understand, it’s the only thing I can do.

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 She adds

I came from the doctors office and the doctor told me that there were three gestational sacks but they were empty.

My pregnancies turned positive and my HCG levels kept rising but there was nothing.

I was angry, frustrated and confused. I asked God why he would give me the kids then take them away on Mother’s day last year I lost them.

I went into depression.

Tabby Ndichu
Tabby Ndichu

Tabitha confesses that at some point she has questioned God

I was very angry at God especially after my first miscarriage. I could not understand how he could let me go through this.

On how she keeps strong Tabby says that it’s by God’s grace

‘God’s grace has been sufficient. My family and my husband have been very supportive.

I have also decided to create the life I would want for myself. Each day I wake up I stand by a mirror and proclaim all the things I can and will do.

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