Endometriosis is one of the most common conditions that celebrities have come out to speak about publicly to help create awareness.
List of Kenyan celebrities battling endometriosis
Endometriosis is a condition that affects females and is a rare medical condition in which the tissue that covers the inside of the uterus grows on the outside covering the ovaries, Fallopian tubes and tissues around the uterus and ovaries and may occur in other parts of the body. Most of the people suffering from this condition experience a lot of pain during their menstrual cycles.
Here are some of the celebrities who have openly disclosed that they are suffering from Endometriosis;
Jahmby Koikai is one of the most vocal celebrities who continues to preach against endometriosis, having been a victim from the age of 13.
The former TV and Radio host flew to the United States in February 2018 for specialized after several unsuccessful attempts of getting treatment in Kenya. She revealed that her case was worse to the point that it had affected her lungs.
Ms Koikai at one time stated that the condition cost her jobs and partners. She is still recuperating in the US.
A few months ago, Media Personality Janet Mbugua disclosed that she was a victim of endometriosis and in 2005, she had to undergo laparoscopy for deep ovarian endometriosis.
In a YouTube video where she spoke about Periods, Janet disclosed that she still doesn’t have it easy because she experiences painful periods.
“I had a lot of pain during my periods, I still do and if I don’t take contraceptives I still have the pain. Ended up that I have ovarian cysts growing so I had a laparoscopy that was many years ago. Because my pain was so bad I felt like there was something wrong about that,” she said.
BBC Africa’s Ciru Muriuki in 2017 disclosed that she had undergone surgery to have ovarian cysts removed because she was suffering from Endometriosis.
According to her, several physicians she had reached out to insisted that she had Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD)
Ms Muriuki commended Jahmby for her campaign in creating awareness on the condition because many people were suffering in silence.
Socialite Corazon Kwamboka recently revealed that she is an endometriosis survivor, after a long battle.
Ms Kwamboka in June disclosed that she had her last screening after undergoing surgery to have two cysts removed.
According to her, when she first went to see her doctor she was depressed and had lost hope because it came at a time when she had just broken up with her boyfriend.
Comedian Zulekha Walalo
Churchill show Comedian and former Radio Maisha presenter Zulekha Suchn Otieno aka Zulekha Walalo Ajaab came out with her condition in April 2019.
At the time, she was appealing to the public to help her raise money to undergo an endometriosis surgery, after the doctors said her condition was getting worse.
“I was diagnosed with #Endometriosis and I have been battling with the condition for some time now. The doctor said it's exceeding day by day and that I should go for surgery to control the disease. Kindly help me with anything little. May Allah bless you,” Zulekha wrote.
NOTE: According to Medical Xpress, when endometriosis involves the ovaries, fluid-filled cysts called endometriomas may form, causing pelvic pain and abnormal uterine bleeding. Surgery is a common treatment for endometriomas.
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