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“It Took Almost 9 years to Discover what was Ailing Me” -Elsie Wandera


Hi friends, today I’m re-sharing the sentiments of one of my friends – Elsie Wandera, who I have previously written about here. Read her message below.

“Hi, my name is Elsie Wandera-Odhiambo and I’m the Founder of the Endometriosis Foundation of Kenya. I’ve had 3 surgeries to-date since I was first diagnosed with #Endometriosis. I remember I was 26 years-old and it took almost 9 years to discover what was ailing me and give it a name.

Read: “Severe Pain has Been my Normal for 20 Years”- Elsie Wandera’s Story

It always felt, and still feels like a punishment going through the hormone therapy, the pain medication every month. The first 8 months of my marriage has not been easy but I thank God for a supportive husband.

I think the worst is having to explain my condition to everyone to understand or even believe me. In 2014, I chose to #EndTheSilence and ensure my story was heard and represent the Kenyan women who suffer in silence. The Endometriosis Foundation of Kenya (EFK) was born through my pain… I say it’s all worth it because one day someone will find a cure and in the process I know many women feel that they are not alone as they read the other stories from the women in our support group.

I encourage women to share their endometriosis journey and use the hashtags #1in10 #SpreadTheYellow #EndTheSilence 




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Maryanne W. Waweru is a Kenyan mum raising her two sons in Nairobi. A journalist, Maryanne is passionate about telling stories and hopes that through her writing, her readers learn something new, feel encouraged, inspired, and appreciative of what they have in their lives. Maryanne's writing focuses on motherhood, women and lifestyle. "Telling stories is the only thing I know how to do," she says.


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