April 17, Nairobi.Today I had a special visitor to my chemo session no. 7. I met Judy Kaberia when I worked at Capital FM and while she was a journalist in the newsroom, and I worked in the digital media department. Our paths often crossed socially and professionally. Over our lunch breaks, Judy and I would share projects we were working on and I was always intrigued at her interesting investigative pieces she was working in the Health care field. In 2010, Judy connected me with the German Embassy in Kenya who was looking for candidates to sponsor for a Digital Media course at the renowned iWent Institute of Journalism. Judy encouraged me to apply and I received the scholarship and spent an amazing 10 days learning and sharing on all things in digital media in a class representing over 20 nationalities from African and Asia. It was a wonderful experience and I am forever grateful for Judy’s connection and encouragement.
Judy came in for my chemo session just in time to witness the process of inserting the IV drips intravenously through my chemo port or catheter.
I explained to her that in today’s session I would be taking a drug called Pacilaxatel and the session would take about 3-4 hours.
The session is not painful and infact you can read, sleep, eat or just relax. Post chemo I would take sterioid for 7 days to counter the effect of Pacilaxatel which can make your body very numb and with pain, similar to like if you have gone a crazy work out after not hitting the gymn in months, that feeling of muscle soreness.
Here is Judy’s story on what she witnessed during Chemo session 7: http://www.capitalfm.co.ke/news/2013/04/i-got-cancer-for-a-reason-god-has-a-purpose/
Judie is a Special Projects Reporter. She has eight years’ experience in Journalism in Kenya and Germany. She has scooped awards in Reproductive Health, Population and Development and Gender and Development. She has participated in international conferences in Germany. She has a soft spot for human rights and justice stories.