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Granted Delight

Granted Delight

“For unto whom much is given much is required and to whom much has been entrusted, he will be required of more.” Luke 12:48 (amp) Walking into the Murang’a Hospital Palliative Care Unit (PCU), one would be surprised as to how far they have come from the abandoned shack they were previously granted. A concrete jungle it is and a beautiful one at that. Before you get to the entrance, a...

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Understanding The Pinch!

Understanding The Pinch!

50% of those who die from HIV and 80% of those who die from cancer experienced moderate or severe pain. Pain management has been and continues to be a challenge in the medical field. Most medical practitioners fail their patients when it comes to assessing and treating their pain, thus the dire need for frequent updates on pain control modalities. In November 2016, Kenya Hospices and Palliative...

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Favored Tidings

Favored Tidings

As the hot sun glazed down on us at the Kiambu Cancer Support Group walk, Lydia Kimunya, a soft spoken, will empowered, middle aged lady opened up her heart to tell us her testimony. She was diagnosed with HIV in the year 2000, and suffered a lot of stigma and rejection. Work was not an option for her, not because she couldn’t handle it but because everywhere she tried to work they said she...

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Mayday Mayday Mayday!!

Mayday Mayday Mayday!!

This is a call no pilot or captain ever wants to make, it is an emergency call asking for help from the people on the ground when the plane has developed complications and requires emergency landing. The pilot is saying; help me help me!! Having watched a lot of plane crash documentaries, the success of a plane crash is significantly determined by the support the pilot gets from the team on the...

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A Diamond In The Rough

A Diamond In The Rough

“I used to cry everyday after I was diagnosed with cervical cancer, I was not be able to tell my children what I was suffering from but after I started coming to the palliative care unit and attend my support group meeting, I informed all my family members and now they are aware that am suffering from cancer.” Said Mweni (not her real name) In life we all need someone to lean on when times...

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What’s Your Business?

What’s Your Business?

“That’s tough,” or “that’s so depressing,” are words you may come across when you tell people that you want to be a palliative care nurse. People who decide to be palliative care nurses find that, rather than being depressing or sad, it’s rewarding to see a smiling face on a patient despite suffering from a condition that is hard to cure. Like everything else, it’s not...

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