I got breast cancer thanks to years of cigarette smoking
SEE ALSO :Bust those diet and cancer mythsMy body reacted terribly to the chemo sessions and I remember my wives threatening to leave me. They were especially shocked when I lost all the hair on my head. The fight was compounded by the fact that I became too weak to perform my responsibilities. I also remember losing many friends who failed to understand what I was suffering from. The most unfortunate thing about cancer is that it is still misunderstood in many remote areas. People who struggle to understand end up associating it with the closest terminal disease they know of. It required a lot of explaining to my family who later came to terms with my condition and my missing breast. It hasn’t been easy managing my condition given that I am on very expensive medication which cost up to Sh2, 500 a day and with my low paying job in Kakamega, I think it is by God’s grace that I have made it this far. Additionally, I spend Sh3, 000 during my monthly hospital visits. I am grateful that doctors didn’t give a specific diet regime and instructed me to avoid alcohol and smoking. My advice to men is to take cancer screening seriously especially when they notice anything abnormal in their bodies. Men are wired to treat their health casually and that is why many suffer in silence until it is too late. I have talked to many men in Kakamega where I work and at home in Nandi and most have gone for tests. I started doing this when I lost a friend who decided to use traditional medicine instead of going to the hospital when he noticed some weird symptoms. I watched my sister die due to the same decision and I vowed to educate those around me. I also advice people to register for NHIF as it comes in handy in cancer treatment. I remember my surgery cost hundreds of thousands of shillings and I wonder how I would have managed without NHIF.
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