Despite Mastectomy at an Early Age, Jacintah Njeri Thrives!

Jacintah, a biochemist and model based in Nairobi, Kenya is an inspiration. Having survived Breast Cancer and having a mastectomy done at a very young age, Jacintah hasn’t let that stop her from living her best life and thriving too!

Jacintah occasionally inspires through her captions on Instagram. Some of Which are;

On the Value of Good Health:

Think of those times you have been laid low by illness and how bad you felt. Imagine when you are really old and your body is worn out! Hopefully if you are reading this you are pretty healthy, your body is in working order, you’ve got all your senses, you can walk, maybe even run! Take a moment to value your health while you have it and don’t take it for granted. For some people don’t realize until it is too late.

On Living with One Breast:
I was only 20 years old when I discovered I had a tumor. It was more of a hardening on the top of the breast. It seemed higher and more firm than the rest of the skin, but like many young women I think I believed I was invisible. So I pushed it to the back of my mind.

I couldn’t help but think, why me? We’d no history of the disease in our family. When I was getting ready to have that surgery done, all I could think was how much I wanted that breast off. It was the part of me that was carrying the disease and I just wanted it gone. 

When I saw myself after the mastectomy for the first time, it was very odd. I was all bandaged up, so it took a few days, but when that came off and I saw my new body for the first time, it felt weird to see such a massive gap. I was emotional, I think because there is that attachment you have with your breasts and the link they have with being a woman, and it was difficult having that taken away from me so suddenly.

The only way have managed to deal with it is by taking each day at a time, rather than focusing on the longer term or worrying about what’s going to come in the future.

If you’re currently feeling low and need a little “Pick Me Up“, we hope this inspires you to stay thankful and keep going!




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