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Pray For Jane

On the way to the Kenyatta National Hospital Casualty department, in a fenced in compound, a willowy Somali-looking man in a white kanzu and a woman in black hijab are praying side by side on mats spread out on the brown grass. He cups his hand before him, head bowed, eyes closed. They face Mecca and The Maker. They must have a patient in. Everybody has a patient in. As I shuffle by, I wonder how many times the words “Lord”, “God”, “Allah”, “Jehovah”, are uttered each minute at KNH. Probably more times than in the biggest church in Nairobi any given Sunday. Which makes KNH a church in itself. A church of suffering, plea, grace, healing and mortality.

The large metallic kone elevator is full. In the corner is a man lying on a bed, covered in white sheet up to his chin. He lies there stiff as a flag post. With him are two attending nurses. The man’s eyes are shut. His cheeks are gathered a small pool of shadows. We opt to take the next lift. It’s approaching 6pm on Sunday evening, the tail end of visiting hours. There are throngs of people coming down staircases, saying their goodbyes as they walk loudly past. I see a child in a suit holding the mother’s hand, trying to keep up. It depresses me to see a child dressed in a suit. It’s like those guys who dress pets. Doctors squeeze swiftly past us, a blur of white with their stethoscopes garroting them. Angels in scrubs.

On the fifth floor, we head to Surgical Ward 5B. The women’s section. Someone who knows someone, who knows someone had told me, that there is an impoverished woman who is physically disabled in Ward 5B, she has breast cancer and is scheduled for a mastectomy. I hound misery.  I’m with Wanjiru (her first time in KNH) the lady who had put me through the someone who knows the other someone who doesn’t want to be mentioned here because the Government of Kenya might just fire her because she isn’t supposed to speak to “the media” without authorization.

We walk into Ward 5B and there is a group of people gathered at the furthest bed near the window. The sun is slowly exiting stage left. Opposite is another small group at a bed. Next to the bed is a lady sound asleep. I watch closely to see if her chest is moving. It is. The rest of the beds are empty. Empty beds in a hospital can mean good or bad news. Either the occupants lived or died. Ward 5B smells of vacuity. I don’t want to call it emptiness because then that would imply that the space is occupied by air. It feels like a vortex without gravity, where souls pass through to another world. Like a holding area where your case is deliberated upon by people with wings and harps. It’s like the Rubicon. Yes, that’s the word I was looking for, the Rubicon.

There is a lady on bed 12. She’s a small ball on an even smaller bed. She’s sitting up, but she seems more hunched forward, her head resting on her hand. The troubles in her head seem numerous enough that they’ve weighted her head down. I’m familiar with that look. Towards the end of my mom’s life I would catch her in that position, head bent down, full of thoughts of death, of what would happen to us after she was gone, how long after would my dad remarry, what would happen to her clothes. A head full of flickering thoughts.  

The lady has a yellow scarf and some old fleece jumper with a frayed and dirty collar.

She’s the only one in the ward not being visited today.

“It must be her,” Wanjiru whispers. We walk over and approach her, she raises her head like it’s made of ballast. Her wide eyes look like sunflowers that have been in the sun for too long. Her lips are chapped. Her skin is pale, that unhealthy paleness that comes with poverty or sickness or both. “Habari madhe?” I say in a whisper because that ward commands something in you. She mumbles, “Mzuri.” I ask her if she’s Jane Kavaya. “Ndiye mimi”, she says in a feeble faraway voice that seems to come from under the old fleece jumper. We gingerly lower ourselves onto the edge of the adjacent bed.

I introduce Wanjiru and myself. She slowly sips us in through a wooden straw made of cynicism. She asks, “Nyinyi ni wa nani?” And before we can find the appropriate response she says, “Nyinyi ni wa Mutuku?” Wanjiru says no and tries to explain our presence there. She doesn’t seem convinced. She seems crushed that we are not from Mutuku.  

We tell her pole kwa ugonjwa and without warning, she raises one side of her jumper and shows us her left breast. Wanjiru gasps. A short quick gasp as if someone drove a sharp needle in her thumb. Maybe because of Wanjiru’s reaction she pulls down her jumper. But I see it. In that brief revelation of her breast, I see what cancer looks like.

Her left breast is the size of her head – and her head is the size of a decent watermelon. I’m no doctor, but it could be that the cancer enlarged her breast. It looks engorged, like something within it is straining to burst through. The colour of her breast isn’t the same colour as her face. It has these numerous veins running all over it like a web of deceit. It would be unfair to say that it looked jarring, because what was jarring I guess, was the fact that this 60 year old woman battling breast cancer tossed away her vulnerability to show perfect strangers her sick breast. I don’t know, but I felt indebted.

She is from Masaku. She has a 25 year old daughter, who in turn has a seven year old kid. She has had polio since she was a child and is physically disabled. Last year she fell sick. When you fall sick in shags you go to the local dispensary, where you are given Panadol by some clinical officer whose diagnosis is a guess as to what you could be suffering from, and then you are sent home to get well. You don’t get well. You keep falling sick. Your back is rubbish. The pain curls around your ribs. You don’t sleep well. You lie in your dark house during the day, with goats stopping by at the door to stare into this dark pit that has swallowed you. Someone suggests you should go to KNH and there they discover that you have breast cancer after a battery of tests. You need to get admitted but there is no bed. So you go back to Masaku and come back after a few days. You get bed 12.

Number 12 could be a good thing. Think 12 disciples or the 12 tribes of Israel or the Greeks who imagined 12 tribes on Mount Olympus or the Shi’a Muslims who listed 12 ruling Imams who followed Prophet Muhammad. The number 12 could work for her. Or not.

The completely bewildering thing about meeting Jane is that she doesn’t seem to know she has cancer. Sure, she says ‘watakata hii’ to refer to her breast, but she seems oblivious of the disease that’s necessitating the mastectomy. I ask her how she is feeling and she complains of pains in her lower back and her ribs, and nausea when she eats. She doesn’t speak fluent Swahili, so sometimes she says stuff in Kikamba, most of which gets lost in translation. She keeps asking me, “Wewe ni wa nani?”, finally I tell her, “Mimi ni wa mbali.”

Around the bed at the far end, the group is now praying loudly in Kikuyu over an equally loud TV from the reception area in the distance. On Jane’s bedside is a squashed packet of ribena, a roll of tissue paper, Colgate kadogo and at the foot of the bed an orange washing basin and bathroom sandals. I wonder where her Bible is.

What strikes me is her loneliness. She seems so lonely. Like she has been abandoned there at the hospital. I ask her if she has been visited by family and she says no. Her uncle came the previous day. If she’s 60, I wonder how old her uncle is. I don’t ask.

She isn’t on WhatsApp obviously. I wonder how many times her phone rings in a day, and if she even has airtime to call. There is no TV in the room or a book to read. And when people come to visit other patients she just sits alone on her bed, alone with her enlarged, cancer-ridden breast and her thoughts. I wondered how that was; not to have family around you during such a time; to sit there alone and not have anyone pray with you. Or to tell you that you will be fine.  All you do is sit there and wait all alone for them to cut your breast. I wondered if she thought of death. And how often. Or if she was scared, and what scared her the most.

I asked her if she prays and she said she does. “Mimi ni Mkristo.” Her head drops back. Head heavy with uncertainty. She keeps adjusting what I want to believe is her foot but the way it’s placed it could be anything. Polio is awkward.

“My mom was called Jane”, I hear myself blurt out at some point. I don’t know why I felt the need to tell her that. It is unnecessary, and easily the most foolish thing I will utter by her sick bed. I can’t comprehend my actions. Maybe I’m desperate to fill the pockets of silence that she sometimes hands out to us, when she stares down and recedes to a place we could never comprehend. In hindsight maybe I was desperate to establish some kinship by nomenclature because we couldn’t sufficiently answer the question she persistently asked of us: “Wewe ni wa nani?”

Nonetheless, when I uttered those words I saw, from the corner of my eye, Wanjiru slowly turn to stare at me incredulously. Only then did I realise that I had used past tense (“alikuwa anaitwa Jane”).  I prayed that she wouldn’t ask me more about my mom because then I would have to tell her that she died, and you don’t want to tell someone sick, ailing from cancer that they have the same name as a dead person. Foot in mouth. Thankfully she just smiled. A smile that needed lots of ironing.

Before we leave we ask her if she has bills pending and she says her uncle had paid 25K. We ask her if she needs something, food, anything, she shakes her head.

She only asks us to pray for her.

If you will be praying tonight, or tomorrow, include Jana Kavaya of KNH’s Ward 5B Bed 12, in your prayers. Pray so that the Lord can offer her serenity to accept the things she can’t change, because God knows there is a hell lot she has no control over now. Pray for her to get courage to change the things she can, and the wisdom for her to know the difference. Pray for Jane as she faces the knife and stands at the edge of that daunting Rubicon.

 

PS: Jane is scheduled for surgery this Friday

231 Responses
  • Austin
    18.10.2016

    So sad but hopes she pulls through

  • Alfred Kalwe
    18.10.2016

    We’ll sure pray for Jane

  • Kui
    18.10.2016

    Oh, this is so sad. People should go visit Jane. Or we should hunt down people from Mutuku to go see her.

    • bumble bee
      18.10.2016

      Thursday is a holiday? Are you guys free we plan a visit before her surgery on friday ? We will carry what we can and offer what we may…

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      • Dee
        18.10.2016

        A good plan . Am in

      • Nish
        18.10.2016

        Am in.we all need someone to lean on

        • Joe
          18.10.2016

          am in too,0716953405

      • Kemuma Ogake
        18.10.2016

        bumble bee, please tell me how to geet in touch with you..

      • Kemuma Ogake
        18.10.2016

        @bumble bee, please tell me how to get in touch with you…

      • Neraisa
        18.10.2016

        May God’s spirit rest upon Jane Kavaya, she is strengthen and comforted for what is coming. I pray that God’s anointing for healing transcend that theater for her permanent healing in Jesus name.
        am also in for the visitation. all she needs now is loving people around her.

      • Nzambi
        18.10.2016

        I am in

      • Riri
        19.10.2016

        Am in too.

      • Joy
        19.10.2016

        am in. 0716789308

      • betty
        19.10.2016

        Am in please notify on time-0720250378

      • Sam
        20.10.2016

        Are you guys still visiting Jane, give here greetings and good wishes from across the border, Juba.

    • Nico Bellic
      18.10.2016

      Am in whats the plan

      • Mushie
        18.10.2016

        Yeah.. whats the plan?

    • dienydan
      18.10.2016

      Am in any plan?

  • wanjiru
    18.10.2016

    #PrayingForJane May God be her comfort and may His will be done. Amen.

  • Rachael
    18.10.2016

    God’s Hand is not too short that it can’t reach Jane. My prayers are with her for her family’s sake and God’s Glory.

  • Wesh - Peter Wesh
    18.10.2016

    For a moment there I got engrossed with detail. I’ve imagined lying there, at 60, no calls, no Tv, no WhatsApp and no visitors and simply waiting for the doctor to cut off my breast. It sure does sucks. Cancer sucks. I’ll pray for Kavaya.

  • Nita
    18.10.2016

    ….tears….Jane I’m praying for you

  • Atieno Oloo
    18.10.2016

    Sad piece. Jane is in my prayers.

  • The goose
    18.10.2016

    Hawa watu wa Mutuku should visit, quick recovery Jane

  • Gracie
    18.10.2016

    The feels in this piece…my heart is crying. Jane Kavaya will be in my prayers.

  • Davi K
    18.10.2016

    Very sad.

  • Cheruto
    18.10.2016

    Praying for Jane.

  • Felly
    18.10.2016

    Prayingfor Jane and many others with the burden of debilitating diseases like cancer.

  • faith
    18.10.2016

    So sad…

  • A
    18.10.2016

    Oh God.

  • Evans ogeto
    18.10.2016

    That story is humbling. The moment you realise that you are really blessed to be walking, eating in a free world.Will keep praying for all of them.
    http://www.ogetoevans.com

    • Catherine
      18.10.2016

      Yes it’s also left that humbling feeling and how we should just take a breather and count our blessings

  • Kim
    18.10.2016

    I shall pray for Jane.

  • Ally
    18.10.2016

    You are in my prayers Jane.

  • Edwine Wandera
    18.10.2016

    Let’s all keep Praying for Jane, it’s the least we can do with an impact so big to a fellow human.

  • jane
    18.10.2016

    #PrayingForJane

  • Milka
    18.10.2016

    I have said a prayer for her

  • Kui1
    18.10.2016

    Praying.

  • Kashu
    18.10.2016

    Breaks my heart. Very much so. My heart cries out for Jane, especially the fact that she doesn’t even know what’s in her body.
    And reading every article on your blog this month just scares the hell out of me, wondering just how many more souls out here, are suffering. Worse, not even know they have cancer.
    Get that test, today.

  • doree
    18.10.2016

    on my knees for jane

  • tom osanjo
    18.10.2016

    Whoa!Man, this is heavy stuff

  • eugine lethal
    18.10.2016

    wah..so sad,emotional piece..but i’ll include her in my prayers

  • Jenni
    18.10.2016

    Prayer is our only weapon, our only defense, our only lifeline.
    Praying for Jane, that God’s mercies will be refreshed to her every morning.
    Heart ♥ breaking

  • Derrick
    18.10.2016

    She will be healed

  • Lauryn
    18.10.2016

    It’s so sad…May God grant Jane His mercies

  • DB
    18.10.2016

    Polio and now cancer. Why? Life why? Planet earth why? Sad.

  • Sintoh
    18.10.2016

    Sad…Praying for jane

  • juno
    18.10.2016

    this post pains me, and i am going to save it, just to remind myself how lucky i am. Jane Kavaya of KNH’s Ward 5B Bed 12, may the good Lord comfort you,give you peace and ease your pain.

  • Anne
    18.10.2016

    God Bless her…make her strong during this difficult period in her life. It must be tough, but God is always watching, and wants the best for all of us.

  • rufus
    18.10.2016

    I will pray that the lord gives her serenity

  • Lydia Abiero
    18.10.2016

    Gang, we should go visit Jane?

    • Ivaline
      18.10.2016

      my thoughts too..

  • J Mubea
    18.10.2016

    That piece was heavy, it has all my fears; being sick and being lonely…come to think of it, It could be me lying in that bed, but am healthy not that am special or pray alot but its just mercy. My prayers are with Jane

  • Moke
    18.10.2016

    Dear Lord heal Jane.Amen!

  • Nancy
    18.10.2016

    Praying for Jane

  • Alfred Kalwe
    18.10.2016

    Father, in the name of Jesus Christ we bow our heads to beseech you to release the countenance of your merciful comfort upon Jane. See her through her surgery and give her hope and the courage to never back down in the face of this ghastly beast called cancer. Cover with your infinitely mighty palm also other patients in the same condition as Jane. We make this prayer through Christ our Lord.
    AMEN.

  • levis
    18.10.2016

    It is good you made that visit Biko.

  • Tubei
    18.10.2016

    Heartbreaking… Praying for Jane.

  • livingstone
    18.10.2016

    God in Heaven will definitely see her through the operation..read through the story and felt like i was just next to biko and wanjiru.

  • dinah
    18.10.2016

    This is the saddest piece I have read from you Biko. I’m praying for her and with her. I hope she gets well. And soon.

  • Kenyan Lawyer
    18.10.2016

    2 Corinthians 1:3-4 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.

  • @clif_the_tall
    18.10.2016

    Am very sad. This piece is smelling grief literally. Got explosion of emotions running through my mind… Sigh. I think hospital walls have heard sincere prayers more than church walls . The greatest wealth we can have is our health. Take a minute and thank God for the little blessings He gives us daily. I am praying for Jane. I believe it shall be well.

  • Ivaline
    18.10.2016

    will sure drop in a line for her, may jehova rapha come through for jane. may he provide finances and giver her strength as she undergoes treatment

  • Reen
    18.10.2016

    God is watching over you Jane Kavaya. Iknow because i just asked Him to. The good Lord will lead you all the way. Lots of love and prayers for you.

  • peninnah
    18.10.2016

    that’s deep, and what hurts is the reality that cancer is real. God is faithful and He will come through for Kavaya.

  • RMM
    18.10.2016

    she will be well. God is sovereign and answers prayers of his people.

    …….RMM

  • Catherine Mburu
    18.10.2016

    The way you bring out these stories, leaves one with a trail of thought that seems endless. I pay for her, i pray for all battling this disease. I pray that God remembers mercy.

  • Bethuel Ngetich
    18.10.2016

    Jane will be well. I can see her through the description. I will pray

  • tabby
    18.10.2016

    so sad, God remember jane at this time He needs you more than she needs food or pleasure Amen

  • Kevin Ochieng
    18.10.2016

    so sad, I will surely pass by KNH and visit her

  • Wagatuah
    18.10.2016

    Oh Jane may you get well soon. I pray

  • Mandela
    18.10.2016

    When Jesus heard that, He said, “This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God be glorified through it” (John 11:4). All shall be well in Jesus name.

  • Miss.Kienyejiworld
    18.10.2016

    “I wonder how many times the words “Lord”, “God”, “Allah”, “Jehovah”, are uttered each minute at KNH. Probably more times than in the biggest church in Nairobi any given Sunday. Which makes KNH a church in itself. A church of suffering, plea, grace, healing and mortality”
    Praying for jane

  • josy
    18.10.2016

    my prayers are with Jane

  • Sally
    18.10.2016

    May God be with the doctors as they treat her and grant her healing. As much as she only asked for our prayers, Biko please check with Wanjiru if we can contribute for her treatment and perhaps link her with Faraja or another support institution.

  • Nancy
    18.10.2016

    God heal Jane

  • Heavy. I shed a tear.
    I wish I was there to give her a hug and let her know she’s not alone.

    I lift Jane Kavaya before the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. I declare that nothing is impossible with God.
    May Jehovah Rapha heal her body, soul and spirit. May Yeshua Jesus Christ, who walked the streets of Galilee stretch out His hands and make her whole. May He apply the balm of Gilead on her body, and restore her to creation order.
    I pray for her family and friends to surround her with their warmth and comfort at this time.

    In the matchless name of Jesus, Amen.

    • @clif_the_tall
      18.10.2016

      Amen

    • jjj
      18.10.2016

      Amen

    • Carole
      18.10.2016

      Amen Amen Amen Amen

    • Fortune Knowles
      18.10.2016

      May your will be done, oh Lord, Father in Heaven. May your loving embrace cover Jane Kavaya and all your other children in similar situations. May your healing be upon them. For it is in Jesus name, I pray and believe. AMEN.
      Biko, why have you made me cry??

    • Anne
      18.10.2016

      Amen

    • steves corner
      18.10.2016

      Amen

  • Ms. Manyarkiy
    18.10.2016

    This is heartbreaking. Cancer is a devil engraved in a disease. I will purpose
    to remember Jane in prayer.

  • Hope
    18.10.2016

    #PrayingForJane God hears, He heals too.

  • Joan
    18.10.2016

    My prayer list has a lovely,strong woman now.The Lord will get her through this Biko..Bless you

  • Janet
    18.10.2016

    Praying for Jane … sad piece indeed and a reminder that we should be grateful for the health we have

  • Chepu
    18.10.2016

    I pray that God heals Jane of cancer and gives her peace through the process.

  • Annie
    18.10.2016

    This is just deep…She will be in my prayers,May the Lord see her through….

  • FMumbo
    18.10.2016

    May His will be done in Jane life

  • Wanjiru
    18.10.2016

    Damn you Biko!! You made me cry. KNH Ward 5B Bed 12. Please lets take a visit there!! then take a special prayer for her.

  • Victor Mwene
    18.10.2016

    Will definitely remember her in prayers.

  • Rita Mbae
    18.10.2016

    Praying for Jane….May the Lord Almighty the God of Israel visit her and many others in her situation in a special and mighty way

  • Fatma
    18.10.2016

    This has brought tears to my eyes.. May God heal you Jane. I remember my grandmother passing away in Knh. I remember her eyes when I last saw her. I said see you kesho and she just smiled. I’m so sad

  • Shirley
    18.10.2016

    This brought hot, scalding tears to my eyes…..may God comfort Jane.

  • abdullah omar
    18.10.2016

    i can assure you of one thing Biko”sisi si wa mbali.tuko pamoja na Jane”

  • Wambui Njuguna
    18.10.2016

    So so sad.Every word on this one has brought out the raw emotion, and unexplained
    feelings. Holding myself together. My daughter and i will say a prayer to Jane.
    By His stripes we are surely healed.

  • Princess Wakesho
    18.10.2016

    hard read.

  • Rose
    18.10.2016

    So sad..#PrayingForJane

  • Infamous Charles
    18.10.2016

    I kept hoping this story would have a happy ending. I was desperate. I kept thinking,”Every dark cloud has a silver lining.” But this story had none. Which is even more heartbreaking. What about a paybill number, or just a number we can send whatever one can afford? You know, give this cloud a silver lining.

  • Malaika
    18.10.2016

    That, right there, visiting the sick is called Evangelism. Hats off . Will remember her in prayer.

  • Alia
    18.10.2016

    Heartbreaking, my prayers for Jane and all the sick people in this world, may they find cure and their sins be removed from all the pain.

  • Wanjiru
    18.10.2016

    Oh, Biko will certainly pray for Jane. And for you, keep doing what you do.

  • Beatrice Awange
    18.10.2016

    I tell you, you never know the value of health till you are sick and the importance of visiting sick people till you have been there. Praying for her

  • Megaga
    18.10.2016

    May our Lord have mercy on Jane this merciful year. I sure will pray for her.

  • PHILIP
    18.10.2016

    Pray so that the Lord can offer her serenity to accept the things she can’t change, because God knows there is a hell lot she has no control over now. Pray for her to get courage to change the things she can, and the wisdom for her to know the difference. Pray for Jane as she faces the knife and stands at the edge of that daunting Rubicon.On my knees for Jane,God will see her through

  • Kaluki Kyalo
    18.10.2016

    May the Lord be with Jane Kavaya. She shall overcome cancer in the Lord’s name.

  • Jane
    18.10.2016

    #praying for my namesake

  • Stella
    18.10.2016

    From your assessment Biko apart from prayers how else can we help Jane?

  • Joanne
    18.10.2016

    May she be healed in Jesus Name.

  • Xtine Gits
    18.10.2016

    May our good Lord heal Jane and others in similar conditions, Amen.

  • Sharon
    18.10.2016

    I just whispered a prayer. May God fill her with joy despite the cloud of uncertainty that surrounds her.

  • Skitter Waigwe
    18.10.2016

    Its so sad to be alone when you need a lot of love and support. Praying for Jane

  • James
    18.10.2016

    May she be healed in the Name of Jesus

  • Karey Kamuto
    18.10.2016

    I will pray for her.

  • Grace
    18.10.2016

    Oh Lord… We put Jane Kavaka in your hands this day….. Give her strength and good health…. And above all my your will be done…. In Jesus Name…. Amen….
    Thanks for visiting her Biko… Barikiwa….

  • Lucyline Riungu
    18.10.2016

    God’s speed!!….

  • Muthoni
    18.10.2016

    I have whispered a prayer for Jane!The last paragraph really got me all teary
    http://www.treatsonabudget.co.ke

  • edwin
    18.10.2016

    am so in that room…and its such a sad picture.may the Lord Almighty see her through,cos he is all powerful

  • Samuel Gitonga
    18.10.2016

    Heart wrenching.. My prayers are with Jane..

  • Dmm
    18.10.2016

    Quite disheartening,I am speechless. I pray for Jane and others suffering in different hospitals in Jesus name.

  • Ruth
    18.10.2016

    I will pray for Jane.

  • miriam
    18.10.2016

    my jesus heal jane.heal all who are in pain

  • Josephine
    18.10.2016

    The things we take for granted…family and friends. Praying for Jane.

  • lilian
    18.10.2016

    May the lord cover her

  • Rispa Andika
    18.10.2016

    So sad that she has to go through that alone. I don’t pray often but i will definitely pray for her.

  • Njeri
    18.10.2016

    I really do pray that God comes through for her in a special way but that aside, when you think of all the money going to the pockets of a few due to corruption and the suffering of hundreds who’s only crime is poverty, you get angry at a political class that is crazy about winning elections and an electorate that can’t see through the bullshit.

  • Rose Akudo
    18.10.2016

    Lord God, you are Father to the fatherless and husband to the widows. You are the friend that sticks closer than a brother.

    Daddy, Jane Kavaya feels all alone in the world. In the pain and confusion of double tragedy.

    Yet, yet You say that in ALL things we ought to give thanks.

    This is a hard one Lord. To be thankful when one of us is in dire need of companionship and laughter and strength for the tumultuous journey that life can be.

    Lord, embrace Jane in Your arms. Surround her with angels. Thank You for Biko who has highlighted her case. And even as people begin visiting her to minister comfort to her….. Lord heal her. Not for any reason but that Your Name may be glorified.

    Thank You Lord for you always incline Your ear to answer Your children’s prayer. Today’s prayer for Jane is mixed with tears and love.

    Do what You do best Papa. Miracles, Signs and Wonders following.

    In Jesus name we pray and believe, Amen!

  • Nimo
    18.10.2016

    :(….God grant Jane the serenity to accept the things she cannot change….
    Show her you are Lord!

  • Scott Eric
    18.10.2016

    this has touched my heart. can’t even comprehend going through such alone. i will pray for Jane, and all the other cancer victims out there.

  • Andre Munene
    18.10.2016

    Saad …we will pray for her

  • Kezia Ndwiga
    18.10.2016

    This is so sad, we sure will pray for her

  • The C
    18.10.2016

    God will carry you through Jane. hold on, keep your trust and faith.
    I pray that God may make Himself known to you. That through these waves you will live to testify of His Goodness and how He is Just Lord.
    His will for your life is good, pleasing and perfect (Rom 12:2) receive it.

  • Brian
    18.10.2016

    A touching experience indeed..Jane will be in my prayers

  • Julia Kanai
    18.10.2016

    May God be with you in this Jane.Praying for you.

  • dienydan
    18.10.2016

    A good plan.. Am into

  • Tichi
    18.10.2016

    This one demands to be shared,it brings some really sad vibes.makes you think about life and death the way you never want to.thanks Biko

  • Carol Soni
    18.10.2016

    Praying for Jane Kavaya

  • Ike
    18.10.2016

    Healing is Jane’s portion in Jesus name

  • Mildred
    18.10.2016

    Pray for Jane we should visit Jane…it’s such a sad piece. Thank you for Sharing

  • Hawi Oguna
    18.10.2016

    Because nothing is too big for the God that we serve! Him who is bigger than all our worries, bigger than anything! You change not and like the yester years when you brought Lazarus back from the dead, we know You do the impossible in the eyes of man. That even when we cannot imagine it, Lord you can do it. So remember Jane Kavaya today. Pass her not oh gentle saviour!

  • Patrick
    18.10.2016

    May the Lord God’s grace be with Jane this trying time.

  • pipsqeek
    18.10.2016

    Sad.My prayers are with her and all those in her condition

  • vinn
    18.10.2016

    Jane, get well mom/granny/sister/aunt. Our prayers for your successful operation. God protect and heal you completely.

  • steve
    18.10.2016

    May our LORD JESUS come thru for u mama jane.when our backs r against the wall,He knows how
    how to get us back in shape.I feel you Biko,this article had agrip on me n brought aflood of emotions.Have seen
    that wound before,it leaves u clueless as it eats into your loved one.
    To all cancer patients,survivors,family members may the Peace of God b
    your portion today n forever.

  • Clinton
    18.10.2016

    I’m praying for Jane.The Lord we serve will surely see her through.

  • Carol Ohonde
    18.10.2016

    Cancer and poverty don’t mix. I thank God for the new NHIF scheme which is offering some hope. If only all would register to get the advantage….

  • Debbie
    18.10.2016

    I will do a rosary for Jane in this October month. God’s grace is sufficient. So are we visiting Jane on Thursday?

  • Patrick
    18.10.2016

    May God give her the healing.you are in our payers

  • Wambui
    18.10.2016

    My mom was at KNH for cancer treatme. It was our every day duty to visit her. Everything stopped, only her mattered. As I prayed for Mum, I pray for Kavaya. For God to heal her, like He did for Mum. Shalom!

  • Ms Jackson
    18.10.2016

    Humbling, will surely pray for Jane.

  • clara
    18.10.2016

    Biko you are one of a kind.Thank you for letting us be there for Jane through our prayers.
    I pray that Lord’s will be done in her life.
    Remember her dear Lord.

  • Chris
    18.10.2016

    Is there something like “medical genre “? this piece is MMMhh i will definitely
    pray for Jane kavaya.

  • joy chebet
    18.10.2016

    Very touching indeed i shall pray for jane .God heal her and other cancer patients .

  • Karwitha
    18.10.2016

    When you read such stories you realize that the stupid stuff you complain about in your life are just that. I thank God everyday for my health and now I will pray for Jane’s total healing. She deserves at least one good thing in her life health wise.

  • Naitore
    18.10.2016

    Il pray for her and all other ‘Janes’ The grace of God is sufficient

  • dee
    18.10.2016

    Posts like this make me reflect on life and how I am often so ungrateful.Good health is truly a blessing.I will keep Jane and others in a similar condition in my prayers.

  • Jude Paul
    18.10.2016

    This is so heartrending, Jane you are not alone. My prayers go out for you and every other ‘Jane’ out there. May the Most High see you through and may He let you live.

  • Jennipher
    18.10.2016

    Biko, this piece has deeply touched me. i will be praying for Jane and many others. Just 3 hours ago i met a close friend who spent 10 hours in hospital undergoing different tests for a lump she has in one of her breasts. she will get results on Friday (as Jane undergoes surgery) and later surgery. My head hurts from our long conversation with her.

    May Gd heal them all, so scary yet so real and sometimes so close to us

  • Candy
    18.10.2016

    may God heal her.

  • Damaris
    18.10.2016

    It is well Jane Kavaya. The piece is very heartbreaking and painful. My prayers with You Jane. Healing is upon you. Sobs

  • Pauline
    18.10.2016

    Thank you, Biko, for providing a quorum, for Jane…
    She’s not alone anymore..
    The gang is there for her, in more ways than one.
    https://youtu.be/Fl-Z2uChqeQ

  • Waithera Kamimi
    18.10.2016

    For this Biko God will bless you big.
    Jane is in our prayers.

  • Isz
    18.10.2016

    Lord, this will be a long month…
    So pained because I was in KNH some time back and I remember seeing a certain lady, forlorn, alone, emaciated, with that faraway look thats so unsettling. She had no visitors, nobody even to say hi…. then this…

    Lord Jesus, I know you hear me, Please Heal Jane I ask of you…

    Amen.

  • Christine
    18.10.2016

    Lord…… may you see Jane through the surgery…may she live to share her testimony

  • Amy M
    18.10.2016

    I have prayed and will continue to keep Jane in my prayers. I also want to acknowledge you Biko. Thank you for the good work you do. God bless you.

  • Leah
    19.10.2016

    Heartwrenching.Praying with Jane and other Janes’.

  • Patrick
    19.10.2016

    I wish I could take away some of her pain… May the good Lord give her the strength to go through this

  • Robert
    19.10.2016

    A silent prayer for Jane.

  • Muli
    19.10.2016

    For those who cant make it to visit Jane tomorrow, how can we contribute? May the God of Isaac, Abraham and Jacob heal her.

  • Miriam
    19.10.2016

    “Whatever, my Lord, It is well with my soul”.
    Philippians 4:6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

  • June
    19.10.2016

    Jane Kavaya of KNH’s Ward 5B Bed 12, I shall be praying.
    And I shall visit. Jehovah be close to you, Amen

  • JOAN OTIENO
    19.10.2016

    May she be healed in the name of Jesus…i declare today in the name of God the father, the son and the holy spirit that she shall be healed

  • David
    19.10.2016

    Prayer is just wishful thinking Biko. I am of the idea we do weekly visits and offering hands on solutions. There is need to be pragmatic.

  • Sheila
    19.10.2016

    My sincere prayers for Jane, may God help her through this and continue strengthening her as she undergoes the operation.

  • Abigail
    19.10.2016

    Praying for Jane. May God see you through Jane Kavaya. You are Healed in Jesus name!!

  • Mish
    19.10.2016

    So sad. She will overcome. In Jesus name.

  • Nimo
    19.10.2016

    May the God who never sleeps watch over Jane. Such a humble soul. Is there an impending bill? I doubt 25k covers all costs…we could chip in….

  • Chela
    19.10.2016

    Praying for Jane. @Biko it is getting increasingly difficult to read the October blogs in a public place…. teary eyes; running nose and all…

  • Pauline
    19.10.2016

    Good idea.
    Biko, please give us a common ground.

  • Pauline
    19.10.2016

    Yes, and Amen!
    Biko needs a platform , larger than the blog.
    Where real live people can sit and listen and contribute live…
    Something similar to Churchill show…
    That way, we can act, PAP

  • Viv
    19.10.2016

    I have seen this look on my patients….so devastating.i pray for her and all the others,we really should thank God pple.Cancer is real.

  • Maggie
    19.10.2016

    I pray for Jane. may the healing of God reach you and make you whole again. Amen

  • Mwakisha Makoko
    19.10.2016

    I read this story and it gives me another strong reason to thank the Lord for my Family and Friends who are always around to support and guide me. I wouldn’t wish my worst enemy lone suffering May the good Lord offer her comfort and give her strength to overcome all this.

  • betty
    19.10.2016

    Am in tears and right now I’ll cancel my plans for kesho and visit Jane-Those who are going please get in touch 0720250378

  • Joyce
    20.10.2016

    I trust in God for Janes recovery.I went through the same procedure and am very well today.Our God is forever faithful.It is well Jane.

  • Pauline
    20.10.2016

    Hey, gang!
    Happy Mashujaa.
    I hope a handful of you went to visit Jane…
    I sent my prayers and still waiting for a focal point to send some little money, to help Jane, even with airtime.
    By the way, I was watching alfajiri, and saw this new project about STEM CELLS!
    Has anyone watched it?

  • Komu Mwati
    20.10.2016

    Jane, God heals… I am praying for your healing May He hear us

  • SunshineDJG
    20.10.2016

    #praying for Jane and others I know.

  • LILY LANGAT
    20.10.2016

    Just whispered a prayer for her amidst the tears

  • omwega
    21.10.2016

    get well soon Jane. God is watching over you.

  • omwega
    21.10.2016

    get well soon Jane. God is watching over you

  • Anne Marie
    21.10.2016

    As we pray for Jane we can act to help those like her. Please visit the LetstalkcancerKE mchanga page. The campaign is to help needy cancer patients in Kenya with shelter, food and care packages. You can support this cause at https://secure.changa.co.ke/myweb/share/8219

  • Nelson
    21.10.2016

    praying for Jane

  • Ndaisi
    21.10.2016

    I pray it goes well.. Today is Friday, my prayers.

  • Raychael
    21.10.2016

    I am reading this today and cant stop my tears from coming out.
    have never been to kenyatta but i am touched. team this sato or sunday please lets see jane 0723591557 .God please see jane through !

  • Mandila
    22.10.2016

    I pray that she comes out and also manage to recuperate well post-well. Someone to confirm her condition post-op please…Biko

  • Steven
    22.10.2016

    As you say the prayers kindly remember there’s no Church without priests. They not only hear or read of such sad stories, they live them everyday. They leave their families (some of whom are suffering the very same diseases elsewhere) and go to handle very many Janes, who look them in their eyes and ask why them,why they can’t be healed..and the priests have no answer because they were not trained to heal but treat, only God heals. The priests watch patients die and yet have no time to cry,they have to ‘be strong’- another jane needs them, a family needs them to explain why their two year old has cancer.. ”Isn’t that for old people?” They ask,desperately seeking an answer. Many priests have to work with limited resources to do mighty deeds,then await meagre payslip contents at the end of the month- on good days. There’s a saying that there’s two types of stress relievers, alcohol or salvation,as a medic you must have a way to handle the stress. As we join you in saying a prayer for Jane, kindly slip in a sentence for the priests, the workers in the hospitals..God bless you all for your kind hearts PS/ clinical officers are well trained personnel who save millions of lives out there,they don’t base their work on guess work

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  • Pauline
    23.10.2016

    Thank you Steve…
    Sorry, but I don’t get your point…
    The pain and suffering of many people, does not reduce the pain and suffering of one person.
    The meagre salary of priests, does not disregard the pain and loss of their parishers..
    Apart from medications and the care, the medical team provide for the patients, the pain, suffering and loneliness remain real.
    One individual situation is never the same with the other…
    Jane, seems not to have family, friends, finances, even a priest, to go and pray for(with) her… this is where we come in-as well wishers…and we wish all the other patients the same… the difference is, we don’t know them by name, like we know Jane..
    May the Grace of God, be sufficient for all of us..

  • Emma
    26.10.2016

    Biko,am desperate to know how the surgery went. i just hope it went on well.

  • Patrick Ojil
    31.10.2016

    Suffering from breast cancer and lonely ? Very Sad indeed, may the Good Lord see her through the surgery!

  • loice obiero
    01.11.2016

    My face is hot and my eyes are wet. such a sad piece. God please hear Jane’s prayer.

  • jenny
    04.11.2016

    lord Jesus,embrace jane and heal her.this is so difficult lord,only you can handle it.forgive us for the times we take health,warmth of a family and friends for granted.forgive us for not always taking time to visit the sick.remember jane and for your glory please show mercy and heal her.

  • Rhena
    15.11.2016

    Cancer is sooo dark but i stumbled on hope while researching non poisonous ways to reverse it…..everyone should check out Gerson Therapy at http://www.gerson.org and check out a documentary called Dying To Have Known on YouTube.

  • Wangui
    24.01.2017

    Hey, I came back here to check on Jane’s story, to know what happened after surgery, did she go home, is she recovering

  • Juls
    25.01.2018

    Biko did Jane ever made it through the surgery??

  • Kahihia
    10.01.2019

    What became of Jane, Biko?

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