Veteran Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC) anchor, Catherine Kasavuli, has issued a detailed statement narrating the challenges she went through before she was admitted to the Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH).
This is after she on Monday, November 7 posted a picture of a flower on Instagram with the words “Thank you for your prayers and encouragement. We shall fight this,” as an appreciation message to her fans after being diagnosed with cervical cancer.
On Wednesday, November 9, she shared a picture of the bouquet of flowers she received alongside a box of chocolates wrapped as a gift while revealing how tough the month of October was for her.
Kasavuli acknowledged the huge number of messages she received from her followers, despite being unable to respond to all of them.
“The last one month has really been crazy for me. I want to take this moment and appreciate my family, colleagues in the media industry, the Catherine Kasavuli Foundation team, my doctors, friends, strangers, and the online community.
“I wish I could respond to all your messages, I see them and I’m really humbled. May God remember you,” she wrote.
She appreciated those who came to donate blood in support of her quick recovery. An appeal was made by former KBC acting Managing director Samuel Maina to Kenyans to donate blood at the hospital.
“To special people that have come forth to donate blood may God bless you, may He enrich your beautiful souls, and may He meet the desires of your heart. To special souls that are contributing towards my medical bill, I love you so much and God bless you.
“It’s not an easy journey but I believe in God’s faithfulness and breakthrough. To anyone fighting the same struggle – I love you, we shall overcome, life is a beautiful thing and we shall live to tell our stories,” she expressed hope.
Cervical cancer is a type of cancer that occurs in the cervix cells, according to Mayo Clinic. The cervix is the lower part of the uterus that connects to the vagina.
Worldwide, the disease ranks as the fourth most frequently diagnosed cancer and the fourth leading cause of cancer death in women and yet is a preventable disease. Cervical cancer ranks second behind breast cancer in low-income countries.
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) in 2018, 33 per 100,000 women in Kenya have cervical cancer and 22 per 100,000 die from the disease.
Kasavuli returned to KBC during its rebranding in June 2021, eight years after she called time on her stint in the media industry.
Sharing a series of posts on social media, Kasavuli stated that her comeback was a means of inspiring young and aspiring anchors, particularly female anchors, to dream again of reaching the top.
“This Saturday (June 26, 2021) I’m making a comeback on KBC, it’s been 8 years. Can a girl just reinvent herself? This is for every girl out there who has the courage to dream again,” read one of her posts.