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Photos of fibroid removed from Grace Msalame after her surgery



Media Personality Grace Msalame has for the first time shared a photo of fibroids that were removed from her body after a myomectomy last year.

The mother of two said that the recovery journey has not been easy but at least she is not where she was before.

Taking to her Instagram to share her journey, Grace wrote

‘On this date last year 2018, my first walk outside to get some Sun after a myomectomy procedure to remove fibroids.

I can’t describe how difficult, painful & long the recovery process was.

I Can’t even equate it to a CS, but a year later I am truly grateful because I’m back to a semblance of normalcy😊God is good🙏🏾 Lessons from my experience; .

Grace Msalame


‘You have options of treatment, you can either have laparoscopic surgery which is less intrusive than an abdominal myomectomy.

We opted for the open surgery though, because the fibroids were quite large so just to be sure we got them all out, we did what we had to do.’

Fibroid removed from Grace Msalame during her surgery

Grace added that at some point she had gotten tired

‘That said there are natural treatments that shrink fibroids with time.

In hindsight a part of me wishes I had given that a shot because surgery is always the last resort, but I’m still grateful because I had gotten to the point where I was tired!

grace msalame

Diet & Lifestyle go a loooong way! What we eat will either make us healthy, or make us sick in the long run, so it’s prudent for us to be more mindful about our diet.

Am work in progress for me here🙈Also learn to let go! Don’t carry unnecessary baggage, that stress to your body will have to come out one way or another so let it go sis & seek peace🙏🏾’

Her advise to other women going through the same is

‘Listen to your body. It will always communicate when something is off! For about a year I was constantly lethargic &amp.

This was due to my low blood count which only got worse because of the very long periods. So don’t ignore when you’re body communicates & the sooner you act the better. ‘

In conclusion Grace said

‘Lastly the post surgery belly is better than before but the fupa is still present😩Vision 2020 is to completely eliminate it👊🏾😊 Signs of Fibroids;

– Long painful periods
– bloated belly – Painful intimacy – Lethargy (for me at least).

Visit your gyna regularly, hormonal changes & imbalances can also contribute.’

grace msalame

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New faces of hope amid virus crisis, but where is Lydia?



Brenda Ivy Cherotich and Brian Orindi have become the faces of hope as the coronavirus continues to rock Kenya and the world.

The duo, who made their first public appearance on Wednesday, were the second and the third persons to beat the virus that has so far claimed more than 47,500 lives across the globe.

The first patient to recover from Covid-19 in Kenya is a woman with both Kenyan and British citizenship, only identified as Lydia.

Unlike Brenda and Brian, Lydia’s recovery was not publicised by the Kenyan government.

Her triumph did not receive applause from President Kenyatta, Health

Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe and Kenyans at large.

But why? Sources told the Nation that Lydia, who has maintained a low profile since her discharge, was not co-operative since she was suspected of contracting the virus.

She arrived in Kenya on the same plane from London as Brenda on March 5 and landed at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi.

The woman is said to have initially tried to run from the Ministry of Health officials after she was identified as close contact of Brenda.

“She arrived in the country on the same flight from London as the first patient and gave the ministry a tough time when they called her to come for testing,” said the source.

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‘‘She lied about her location and refused to answer calls.’’ Lydia was tracked down by the National Intelligence Service (NIS) to a hotel in Nairobi and was picked up by the police.

A source who spoke to the Nation on condition of anonymity said police took her to the Kenyatta National Hospital Infectious Diseases Unit where she was tested.

After confirming she was positive, health officials looked for close to 50 contacts who came to contact with her.

Lydia was released from isolation at the Kenyatta National Hospital last week and since then efforts to reach her have been futile.

The Nation has tried on several occasions to reach her but calls and text messages have gone unanswered.

It is not clear whether Lydia travelled back to London before Kenya suspended all international flights.

47,500 The death toll from the coronavirus pandemic across the globe.

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Our love conquers all, even the fear of Covid-19, say newly- weds



Francis Gitonga and his sweetheart Veronica Njeri will forever remember this year’s Fools Day.

That is when they chose to celebrate one of the major milestones in their lives — their wedding.

The two became the talk of town for tying the knot in a ceremony attended by only five people and that took a record 30 minutes on April 1 owing to the restrictions imposed by the government to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

As the world continues to battle the pandemic, many churches had advised their members to postpone weddings or make do with a short ceremony with few guests.

Mr Gitonga and his partner opted to continue with their wedding plans. Apart from the couple, the nuptials was attended by the best man and best maid and the officiating minister.

And with the growing number of Kenyans being infected with the virus, Mr Gitonga and his partner were not sure whether to stick to their plans for the wedding initially scheduled for April 5.

“At first, we had intended to hold our wedding on the first week of February, but when we approached our pastor at the Nyahururu Redeemed Gospel Church, we were told that another couple had already booked the date. That is when we settled for April 5,” said an elated Mr Gitonga.

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“Since it had been a long wait since I proposed to my lover on August 2, last year, we decided to go on with our plans even after the cancellation of public gatherings by the government last month.”

Mr Gitonga said when he approached his pastor for advice, he was informed of the requirements put in place by the government and was asked if he was ready to abide by them.

“The pastor told me that the church could only allow a gathering of five people.

That is the bride, groom the best couple and the presiding minister. He also told me that the ceremony could not take more than 30 minutes,” Mr Gitonga said.

After the meeting with the cleric, Mr Gitonga said they had only two options — either to put off the wedding plans or have a small wedding.

“Though my plans were to give her the dream wedding, we decided to continue with our plans.

“We feared that the country could go for a total lockdown and thus forcing us to wait for longer,” Mr Gitonga said.

Ms Njeri said that since they had already bought the wedding rings and the gown, she couldn’t wait for things to worsen.

“We were planning for a wedding with about 500 guests, but I was worried when the government announced the coronavirus cases in the country.

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“I knew there was no way the wedding could proceed according to our plans,” she said.

Ms Njeri said during their wedding day, there were no flower girls. The ceremony was held at the Nyahururu Redeemed Gospel Church.

“Only the presiding minister — my pastor — and our best couple attended the wedding.

“The best maid had to stay outside the church premises and was only allowed to come in during the signing of the certificates,” she said.

The couple was joined by a few family members after the ceremony and they accompanied them to their home in Mairo Inya township.

No honeymoon
The couple said they have no plans for a honeymoon.

Mr Gitonga said they spent very little money on their wedding.

“Some couples spend up to Sh500,000 in procuring services like outside catering, photography, seats and transport.

“Fortunately or unfortunately, ours was different as we did not spend anything close to that,” he said.

Ms Njeri said she is now happy that she is with the love of her life despite them having an unusual wedding — at least by Kenyan standards.

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Millie Odhiambo: On being childless, father’s death and her long distance relationship



Did your father’s death push you to politics?

Yes. I like to say I am a chip off the old block. I definitely inherited the political bug from him, though I was probably the least likely member of the family to inherit this trait.

As a young girl, I was more like my mother- shy, less talkative, religious, spiritual and not keen on politics.

How was the relationship with your father?

I was fairly young when my dad died, but I still have vivid memories of him. He loved me a lot, especially because I resembled my grandma and he fondly called me Nya Gera (meaning ‘daughter of Gera,’ which is how my grandma was referred to).

I loved dancing so he would play Lingala. He took us to public functions where we got privileged treatment. He often took us out for outings and on drives. I remember my last birthday with him. He bought me and my sister Dottie red and yellow sunglasses. He died two days later.

Did life change after his death?

Yes it did. Our social network changed. We were no longer invited to some birthday parties. Most of his friends ‘disappeared.’ My mum had to struggle very hard to educate the eight of us. I grew up knowing we were somewhat different. My mum tried her best though to ensure we fit in

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What do you miss most about him and are there qualities you share with him?

I missed having a father like other kids and wondered whether things would have been different.

Mama would say at times that, “You know your dad would have been an MP in Mbita and we would not be struggling so much.” He also loved fun and would organise ‘dances’ that were attended by parents. I am told my dad was so bold and frank.

People in south Nyanza, for instance, feared challenging Tom Mboya in favour of Jaramogi, but my father was one of the very few who could do that. I have also read some newspaper reports about him.

How were your first campaigns for political office?

My campaigns to office were very exciting, but also challenging. Even though I had a lot of support, the incumbent did not support me.

I lacked resources and faced violence and propaganda. I have written about my experience in a book titled Political Leadership Unpackaged: Lessons for Aspiring Women Leaders. I was surprised to learn that elected women had not shared their political experiences before.

I respect any woman who has vied against men and won.

Is there a particular incident that ‘toughened’ you?

I have learnt a lot over the years. Some of these lessons have lasting impacts that have toughened me. When my father died, I learnt about the change of guard.

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When my father was alive, we would be driven to the stadium and get VIP treatment. Whenever there was a fracas, we got police protection, since we were considered children of a dignitary. After my father’s death, I attended an event a month later and as was the norm, made for the VIP section.

But things had changed and I was pushed to the public ‘sun’ gallery. I learnt very early that nothing, including positions, are permanent.

In 2016, you vehemently opposed the controversial Security Laws (Amendment) Bill and accused Moses Kuria of what could be interpreted as sexual assault…

Moses Kuria punched me and apologised the same day. Two MPs tried to undress me and a third was pulling my panty. I did not decide to undress, but simply ‘helped’ those trying to undress me.

I told them I am not ashamed of my nakedness hence they should not try to embarrass me using the same. I have worked for years on issues related to violence against women. All I did was take the ‘power of embarrassment’ from them by showing them their action had no impact on me.

You once said in an interview that you met your husband at a time you had decided to keep off relationships. What had happened?

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I just wanted time out to myself before getting involved in a serious relationship.

How often do you see your husband?

Before, we saw each other like four times a year. Now we see each other more often.

A while back, you said in Parliament that some men have called you a prostitute for not having children. How do you cope with such negativity?

I felt sorry for the person who called me a prostitute for not having a child. That is a person mocking God because it’s God who chooses whom to bless. I hope he seeks forgiveness from God.

How often do you see your step-daughter?

My step-daughter is called Lebo. I have a very good relationship with her. We communicate often on phone.

She lives in Botswana with her father and mother, but we keep in touch and meet once in a while at family events in Zimbabwe, South Africa or when I travel to Botswana.

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