My fight is over, and I am alive!


In 2009, at only 19 years, Chepng’etich was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma with only 6 months to live.  She had just completed her first year at in Moi University, Eldoret when she started losing weight and sweating a lot. This drastic weight loss got her mother worried and she went for malaria and typhoid tests. She tested positive for typhoid and was put on medication immediately. However, she got worse with the night sweating even more severe.

In June, a friend noticed some swellings all around her neck with one protruding abnormally. Thinking it had something to do with her thyroid gland; she decided to go to a physician. He sent to her to a surgeon, who immediately recommended surgery to remove one of the many growths for pathology. The results came, and it was a teary eyed mother who had to tell her that she had Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.


A series of intensive chemotherapy, radiotherapy and physiotherapy was done, after which subsequent tests showed there was complete tumour resolution. “The fight was over, and I was alive”.

The Caregiver

During our journey with cancer, we had to do a lot of research on cancer and its side effects to understand what was happening.

Care giving to a cancer patient is never an easy task, and especially to a loved one. One has to give up their life to dedicate time to their loved ones. When you think you have given it your all, you are required to dig deep and give more. The whole process left me weak physically but I emerged a stronger person than I was before. The experience taught me the value of family and friends. Friday nights were our times together to sit and laugh at our suffering. Remind ourselves of the pain we went through when he was sick. As the days went by, we began to feel normal again, there were of course a few hiccups but we were fine

Care giving is a selfless act. You have to give it your all and try your best to cheer the patient up. This can be hard when they are in pain. Our job is to make sure that we listen and assure them that there is a brighter day. Whenever they are feeling better, make sure they enjoy every moment of that because you never know how long it will last.




“it is the will and effort of the caregiver that gives the patient the will power to fight on.”-Gertrude Bandari






Information is fundamental. Research all you can on the type of cancer, the medications and alternatives and ask your doctor anything and everything. This is important as the journey is not only for the patient but also for the caregiver.

Cancer drains the caregiver emotionally, physically and financially. Nevertheless, it is the will and effort of the caregiver that gives the patient the will power to fight on. Even though the journey was painful, taking care of my brother was an honour. Time makes the load lighter. One becomes more grateful for the time you got to spend with the loved one. It was an intense experience I will never forget.