“CANCER IS NOT A DEATH SENTENCE!” Janet Kanini writes an emotional letter to Kenyans
Janet Kanini Ikua was diagonised with Lung cancer and she has been undergoing chemotherapy in India.On Sunday 8th November 2015,a concert dubbed “IStandwithJanet” that saw top kenyan artists and comedians grace the occassion, was held at carnivore grounds to raise funds to pay for her cancer treat.
Straight from her facebook account this is the emotional letter written by Janet to Kenyans;
I am kidogo tired but extremely happy from the events of the past few days. I believe the purpose of my medical journey is to encourage, educate and inspire fellow DVT and cancer patients and their support systems, because, and I repeat this emphatically – CANCER IS NOT A DEATH SENTENCE! Regardless of what medical reports and scans show. Healing can happen in an instant if you believe it is so. God can turn your mess into a message.
On Sunday at the concert I was overwhelmed by the compassion and kindness and generosity that many Kenyans have shown me. so machozi ilikuwa mingi :sob: :sob: I hope you who attended and those who watched on NTV enjoyed the music, comedy and goodwill given out by fantastic artists who generously gave their time and energy for free, as well as Carnivore’s amazing grounds, MoSound Events ridiculously wonderful modern trendy screen set up and sound (whaaatttt!!! If you’re looking for event guys please call them chap chap! :thumbsup: ). Thank you Chairmania for the huge dome tent and seats. Not forgetting all sponsors – Nation Media Group (so many colleagues dedicated their time, I can’t thank you enough :pray: ), Radio Africa, Parapet Cleaning, BAKE, Events & Promotions, Ramco printing, Ticketsasa, Infinite Planners, Radar, G4S, as well as those who were exhibiting – AON Minet insurance, Nairobi Women’s hospital, Women 4 Cancer group, Lancet Africa who have handled my pathology tests in the past, Apollo and Medanta India hospitals, and Treat Global agency, who personally helped us get our documents in a very short time. They have links to over 350 hospitals in India and globally so consult them for the best price and destination based on your medical need – 0706-866858, 0728-272473.
God has humbled me to a point where I know that, when facing death, what matters IS NOT whether I’m a TV personality, or how much make up I put on, or how good I look in the smallest size of the latest fashion, or how many red carpet events I attend or how long I’ve been on TV. At this crucial point in time, I recognize that without God’s grace and mercy, I am nothing. A basic human relying on Him totally for life. My future dreams are nothing without His plan. My weaves mean nothing, whether they cost ksh150,000 or 399 bob. Like I said on Sunday, in India I reached a low point where I surrendered all to God at His throne – my thoughts, words, actions, plans, despair, finances, family, future. And that is when I saw how He fulfills this scripture – Ephesians 3:20 “Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us,”. I encourage my fellow believers to do the same. You will experience Philippians 4:7 “And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
And as two friends who have witnessed their own miracles told me, once you give in to complete faith, DO NOT TAKE BACK CONTROL FROM GOD. Keep trusting and obey. Malachi 3:10-12 “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it. I will prevent pests from devouring your crops, and the vines in your fields will not drop their fruit before it is ripe,” says the Lord Almighty. “Then all the nations will call you blessed, for yours will be a delightful land,” says the Lord Almighty.” Family and friends were concerned that I was overdoing things this weekend, that I could get sick because my white blood cell count is lower than normal. So I asked God to protect me because I wanted to glorify Him from the Friday interview to Sunday’s concert which I left at 8:30pm after a day of drinking juice and water only, and dancing enough to make up for the past 7 months! He answered my prayer, I’m fine, just sleepy, even played football with my son smile emoticon
Yesterday I got a chemo port inserted into my upper right chest so as to avoid canulas and needles being stuck in my arm veins, which left my right arm vein blocked and black since my first chemo. It turns out that the doctor who inserted the chemo port, a cardio thoracic surgeon, is a man of God who has also experienced his share of miracles (kuna wengi!). He said that there are some thoughts and feelings which only a fellow patient would understand, it is hard for us to make non-patients understand us completely. You now what, I’m going to stop calling you patients. We are cancer victors! We are Victors not Victims! Let’s profess and confess it because what we declare becomes reality. So, to my fellow cancer Victors – let’s share and encourage each other, because we understand best what we’re each experiencing. There is always hope. I have attached a prayer that my friend sent me and which makes me begin every week so well. Get on your knees and say it.
And to everyone else, let the change that you want to see in healthcare begin with you. Be the change that you want to see. Take a step, even a baby step. One person can change a nation. Imagine what you, thousands of prayer warriors, can do!!! Amazing things!!! :-0 :muscle: :tada: :fireworks:
Kenya is the best country. Being in India showed me that we have perfect weather – no winter and summer, no air conditioning running through the hot months in cars and buildings, and no heaters during the cold, which translates to very high electricity bills! I think of Kenya as the kachumbari and Africa as githeri – githeri just tastes much better with kachumbari, so let’s build this place into the sweetest, happiest place to live. We should become the medical hub of Africa once we gain expertise from exchanging expertise, training and getting facilities and medical equipment set up for us, as long as enough Kenyans are TRAINED to use it! I understand that there are countries where, by law, hospitals must get new equipment every 4 to 5 years. Why not get the old machines offloaded to us, even if just for training purposes? Something is better than nothing, isn’t it? I know of a foreign doctor who contacted certain counties to donate more than 20 dialysis machines, for free….. she never got a reply.
In frustration she reached out and finally a private organization responded and handled the machines.
Do what you can to make a change. You might not think you’re in the right job or status but if you really think and pray about it, you may discover that God has placed you right there because THAT is the best place for you to make a change. And inspire. And save lives. As my hubby said on Friday at NTV, “Let’s be our brother’s keeper.”
And as NTV’s Crossover said on Sunday, “Stand in the Gap for your fellow man.
I have been blessed. Now I will be a blessing to others. Luke 12:48 “From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.”
Goodnight. The chemotherapy drip has finished running, now I’m on post-med and a heparin drip for 6 hours so wacha nilale….