Nominated Senator Isaac Mwaura’s wife Mukami Mwaura has had it rough since losing two-thirds of her triplets.
“I have been fighting depression since last year in April, immediately after I left the hospital,” Mukami told Word Is on Monday.
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Mukami’s two other children, unfortunately, died after three months in Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, and her husband losing his political seat was another blow to the family. She added;
Depression went on for a while, and later came the loss of my husband’s political seat, which also drove me to depression again. I mean, most of April 2017 to December, I was in and out of depression.
How has she managed to pull herself out of that?
‘It was the support that was around me and acknowledging that I was there to support my child. At the same time, I realised my weight was a bit of an issue, and so I focused on losing it. I changed my wardrobe at least to make sure I fit in my space and I was comfortable with everything that I was doing,’ she said.
After losing some weight, I started gaining my self-esteem, although it was not a big issue; it was just a way to make myself happy.
Children born prematurely come with complications, including protracted development, among others, which require a lot of patience from their parents.
That notwithstanding, motherhood has been a nice experience for Mukami, who terms it “so beautiful but also challenging”. She said;
Do not compare your child with others but instead, allow them to grow at their own pace and time.
“Otherwise, you will deprive yourself of happiness and become worried about the next milestone they are taking. My baby is not talking as at now but it is okay to me because he does other things that make me happy, like climbing up the stairs alone, and he walks around the house, so he is grown in his own ways.”
Her surviving son, Njiru, will be turning two years soon.
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The worst troll was when people linked the death of her children to the political life of her husband. Mukami said;
I just handle the trolls with silence because I know they are coming from bitter people who use a pseudo account. No one hits a dead dog, and therefore, so long as you are alive, people will always find something to talk about you, either positive or negative.