Njambi Koikai is an entertainer and TV host has been battling a condition known as Endometriosis for the last 18 years. She had no idea for the last two years what she was suffering from, it got worse when she started having chest pains.
During her first surgery they kept on asking what the problem was. The doctor told her that her weight is the problem, she is too skinny.
“Skinny people have neurone thoracic problems every now and then because of the expansion of the lungs, the lungs are quite elongated.”
But it happened again and she was wondered what was wrong
“I have not been working or been to the studio, I kept warm, I was eating well and right. I kept on wondering what was wrong.” she stated.
It was not until a lady called Cindy got in touch with her via Facebook thats when she realized she has been going through painful periods all her entire life thinking it is normal.
She has missed out on many opportunities, classes when she was in school especially in campus.
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She was in Daystar University for four years and didn’t do well because of the many classes she missed. Then she went to USIU to do her third degree. She did the degree for 8 years and that is a degree that would have taken her 4 years. Every month she would miss classes and the threshhold of missing classes was 4 or you’d get an ‘F’.
She would get all those F’s and would keep on explaining to her lecturers of what was happening. Most lecturers would doubt her story thinking there are ladies in class how get cramps and still make it to class. When she started getting hospitalized they saw it was serious but it was too late because she had finished school.
Where getting jobs was concerned she would ask for seven days off every month and not many people were comfortable with that. Even when she would explain why, they still don’t understand her.
But Njambi doesn’t blame them, in an interview with Kiss 100 Shaffie Weru and Adelle Onyango on Breakfast With The Starts she explained;
“I don’t blame them because there is no awareness about endometrosis, period pains and mensuration. And what has affected all this, is our African culture which treats talking about menstruation as a taboo.”
Njambi doesn’t take all this as a victim but as a voice to speak up about this issue. When she was going through all that she didn’t have anyone to speak on her behalf or have someone who shares the pain of other women.