Let’s stand with Ann Wanjiku Ndicu (Waruguru) in her fight with Cancer
Hi, my name is Ann Wanjiku (Waruguru) Ndicu and am 23 years old I am supposed to be in College but I have not been able to for the better part of this year and previously, I was on and off college.
My parents are Samuel Ndicu Karanja and Joyce Wanjiru Ndicu. Many of you know my dad been your primary school teacher at Tigoni and Kabuku Primary Schools in Kiambu County. I have 2 siblings, my sister in Form 4 and my brother in Form one. Here is my story;
I was diagnosed with eczema when I was 15 years old. I was on medication all year round; I used a special soap, lotion, hair oil just to mention a few products that I used for my skin. My parents took me from one hospital to another, referred to different doctors for treatment. I missed a lot of time from school but with God’s Grace, I was able to complete High School. Some of the test results showed I had environmental allergies where I was restricted to indoors most of the time. I ate from plates that were free from environmental hazards to my skin, sat of chairs that were environmental free from my allergies etc. My parents, family and friends never gave up on me any single times even when at times I was pushed by misfortunes to drop the towel.
In May of 2015, my eczema had turned to be stage 1 skin cancer and lymphoma cancer which was my diagnosis after numerous tests. I will never be able to explain how cruel that felt. Being told that the most exciting and precious time of my life had all of a sudden been overcast with such a dark cloud was too much to bear but I remembered there is always light at the end of the tunnel. My doctor at the time consulted with other cancer doctors who found a treatment for me in India at Apollo Cancer Institute Hospitals. My family with the help of friends raised funds which enabled us to travel to India in March, 2015 with my mother. Leaving my younger siblings and my dad behind to the unknown was painful but I had blessings from everybody.
I went through numerous tests, radiotherapy, and chemotherapy for four months from March 2015 and we returned home in July, 2015 with instructions to follow up in April, 2016. It was a joy of relieve to be back home, having beaten cancer; we all looked forward to been happy together as a family.
On May 16th, 2016, we traveled back to India with my mother; we are still here in India today. Unfortunately, having thought I had overcome all my dark days, I was told my cancer was back and diagnosed with T Cell Lymphoma Cancer. . I had to go through six rounds of Chemotherapy which I completed 2 weeks ago. My latest tests show drastic progression of the cancer where I will need bone marrow transplant immediately.
Tests were done on my family members to get a donor for the transplant. My younger sister Pauline Wambui Ndicu, a Form Four High School student (Senior in High School) at Ngiriambu Girls High School was my perfect match. I was taken back knowing that my sister is currently seating for her final exams at the moment and saw dark days ahead of me again but my sister has chosen me over her examinations because she believes in family bond. My family and friends are making plans to enable her travel to India to save my life. This reminded me the value of a family that our connection is default by blood.
We have consulted our doctors and have agreed to proceed with the treatment. The whole treatment is going to cost us approximately $50,000 or Kshs. 5,000,000. I know it is a lot to ask and thank you for been with us financially in this journey before but I am at a point now where my options are extremely limited. My family and I are taking this moment to make a gentle financial request by desperately asking for your help to raise funds for my treatment. So anything you can give will mean the world to me and my family.
I have hope and faith that with your help, I will beat cancer and be back to my normal life at home in Kenya. Every single penny donated is important and appreciated, with every donation, we will reach our goal which will come with a piece of mind that we have all come together to do a random act of kindness to simply pay it forward.
Thank you for your donation, prayers and support.
Ann Wanjiku (Waruguru) Ndicu
Faith Wanjiku Mwenda
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