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Cancer patient has benefits axed ‘because she’s survived longer than expected’

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The car enthusiast said: “I have always tried to fight this cancer. I didn’t just want to give in and die.

“I want to fight to live for me and my son. Doctors tell me to remain positive and get out and exercise.

“Everyday I take my dog, Stewie, out for a walk to get out in the fresh air, and my son and I were doing our best to spend time together on good days, going to car shows that we love, to make memories together.

“But I am penalised for this. I have lived too long for their liking. I am now a prisoner in my own home.

“Because of this, I now feel that I’m getting worse. I’m suffering with my pain and my mood.”

Kathy was diagnosed with a grade four tumour after complaining of headaches and falling in and out of consciousness while on holiday in Wales two and a half years ago.

She was taken for an MRI scan which found her brain was being crushed by fluid between her skull and her brain.

Kathy Hill with her son Luke Godden, 17 (Image: Buxton Advertiser /SWNS.COM)
An emergency helicopter flew her to Salford where the fluid was drained off and surgery removed 95% of the tumour on her brain.

Kathy said: “I was given between six months and a year to live.

“I had daily radiotherapy at The Christie in Manchester for six weeks as well as rounds of chemotherapy.

“I’m a very strong person and I refused to let it beat me.

“I would love to be able to work. Once I had my diagnosis I continued to work for two days a week – although working part-time lost me my managerial position.

“But even that proved difficult, it was too hard to maintain those two days.

“My consultant accepts I can’t work. I am dying of cancer.

“At the moment my cancer is stable, but anything could happen at any time. It is still there.

“I worry that all this stress is making me lose my fight.”

The DWP says people with a terminal diagnosis, such as Kathy, are given a higher rate of PIP allowance for a certain period of time.

She was assessed in the summer by the DWP, which say her consultant reports state her prognosis has changed and the PIP needed to reflect this.

A DWP spokesperson said: “We’re committed to ensuring disabled people and those with health conditions get the support they’re entitled to.

“Decisions about PIP entitlement are made based on information provided, including from a GP or medical specialist.

“Where a claimant disagrees after a review they can submit a further appeal to a free independent tribunal.

“Ms Hall continues to receive support through Universal Credit.”

By Standard.co.ke


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Ruth Matete seeks help as she marks first wedding anniversary minus hubby

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Gospel singer Ruth Matete penned a moving message to her newborn daughter as she marked her first wedding anniversary but without her husband Beloved John Apewajoye who died this year.

 The Tusker Project Fame 5 winner welcomed her bundle of joy in October, seven months after the tragic death of her husband.

In a lengthy Instagram post, in which she also attached a photo of her daughter, Reyna Toluwa’s feet, Matete prayed that her daughter would grow up to serve the Lord.

“Reyna Toluwa my princess. My love. Am not a poet, but the words I write here, are from my heart. I pray for you on this special day. That you will grow to serve the Lord. You will spread the good news of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ,” Matete wrote.

She also declared that Reyna’s feet will carry the good news.

“As the Bible says; ‘And how can anyone preach unless they are sent?’ As it is written: ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!’ I declare today, that your feet are beautiful. Not just because they look like your father’s, but also because they will bring good news as the word of God declares,” she added.

 Matete remembered the vows she made on her wedding day, ‘till death do us part’ but she emotionally noted that death took her beloved husband earlier than expected.

“A day like this a year ago, your late father and I walked down the isle. Yes, we didPromised to be together till death do us part. But death came earlier than we expected.  I miss him so much. But am blessed to have you as a gift that he left me with. I don’t even understand how I’ve come this far. It can only be God,” she posted.

Even though it was one of those difficulty days in her life, Matete promised her daughter she would be fine eventually.

“Today may not be such an easy day for mummy. But I promise you, I’ll be fine. I have seen God to be the father to the fatherless and husband to the widow as He has promised in His word. Today won’t be an exception. I know He will help us even today,”  Matete said in the post.

 She ended her emotional message by asking for monetary support as she could not yet manage to resume work after a troublesome pregnancy.

“Friends, our till number remains the same, incase you wish to support us.5495849. Whatever you can, will go a mighty long way as am still not able to work. God bless you friends and please keep us in your prayers,” she added.

By NN


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World’s most-traveled man Fred Finn says Kenya is the safest place to visit during the pandemic

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Diani beach in Kwale County has played host to the world’s most traveled man, Fred Finn.

Finn has traveled to more than 150 countries at the age of 75 and holds the current Guinness Book World Records.

Finn, who is in the country until Monday, November 30 said Kenya is safe for holiday destinations.

He however noted that his visit at the moment is not for leisure, but to send a message that the country is safe amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

He says he has observed that Kenyans are following the protocols and guidelines than any other country he has traveled to during the pandemic.

“I did not come here on holiday, that is why my wife is not with me. I came because whenever Kenya has a little crisis I come and say Kenya is safe” he said

He said, during a pandemic, Kenya is the safest place to go on holiday.

Finn is scheduled to have his vaccine in December.

Tourism players say Finn’s visit to Kenya gives confidence to the international market that the country is an ideal destination.

“When you get an endorsement from the eyes of a traveler that is likely to carry the right persuasion to the potential travelers” said Kioko Musyoki, Leopard Beach General Manager.


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‘I regret…’ Anne Kiguta opens up about posting her daughter on social media

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TV news anchor Anne Kiguta has announced that she would like to share with her fans more about her life.

However, she draws a line on exposing her children to the limelight.

Anne has three children, one from her previous marriage and fraternal twins with Jomo Gecaga.

Responding to a fan who asked her about her babies, Anne posted a photo of her and her twins but blocked out the faces.

In her response she explained,

“Gosh, so many of you have said this… was the number one response. Well, I will have to let you down on that my loves.”

She added,

“I’m rather traditional (believe it or not) so I’m vehemently against it. My babies are are all still too young, including the eldest, to be on social media.”

Anne continued,

“In fact I really regret having posted my eldest at all. Mummy already has a pretty public life. They deserve their privacy.”

But not to break her fans hearts, Anne promised,

“A reference every once in a while but nothing more than that for a long long time.  Hope  you understand.”

In another post she still emphasized,

“That is my son. Quite the charmer. If only I could tell you half of what they say! But all these are are to me sacred moments…really can’t share much more.”

Not to be daunted though, Anne promised to talk about other aspects of her life.

Here are the various topics she is open to talking about.

By Mpasho.co.ke


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