Jadudi, Another Brain Tumor!

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6 days ago, I wished Jadudi a safe and successful trip and shared the news on Twitter and Instagram that he was returning to India for his first medical review since his fourth brain surgery in August last year. Several people sent messages of support and we were all optimistic. Jadudi was supposed to be gone for two weeks, but he said he was not really looking forward to the trip, and hoped he would be done and back home within a week. Then three days ago, as I was preparing to go for Kenya’s historical Ivory burn, I received these messages from him:

 

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So I called him, and as usual, despite the deep disappointment I heard in his voice and tone, Emmanuel was not devastated.

“How do you feel Jadudi,” I asked.

“Bad … but I’m ok. It will be ok,” he replied.

I was speechless. I asked how mom was, and he said she was ok. Dad still didn’t know. I was not ok. I was angry and upset. This wasn’t supposed to happen like this. Not after everything he has been through.

 

In August last year, thousands of Kenyans came together to support this young man that was once a stranger to us all, because we believed we could save a life, and that this would be the last tumor. What happened to the power of collective prayer and intention? Kenyans had demonstrated how we could use our collective digital power for good in what was one of Kenya’s most successful crowdfunding campaigns. Through the #1MilliForJadudi campaign, we had saved a life. It was nothing short of a miracle. Within two weeks of raising the money, he had had his surgery and begun his recovery journey. All his doctors were amazed at the speed at which he was recovering. He even walked for the first time in months, without a walking stick and we were certain once again that this was it. In January this year, the results of his first MRI came back positive and we celebrated once again. His doctors here said that he was able to fly again. Although he has continued to have headaches, ear aches, nausea, and his speech is still partially impaired, his doctors have been assuring him that this is all normal, as the brain surgery recovery process is a long one.

 

So here we are. Even before he has fully recovered from the last surgery, less than eight months later, Jadudi has to go through yet another one. We still don’t know what the implications are, but this young man and his parents continue to demonstrate the power of incredible optimism and faith. Jadudi has taught me many things: resilience is just one. Please stand with them in prayer as the doctors deliberate on next steps. They are currently doing several tests, including the electroencephalogram (EEG) test (see picture below), which is used to detect abnormalities related to the electrical activity of the brain. This procedure tracks and records brain wave patterns. The Africa Cancer Foundation, the custodian of his medical trust, has been walking with Jadudi and his family throughout his process since last year, and will update us on their facebook page, as they receive information.

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Emmanuel Otieno has dreams he has yet to fulfill. He is passionate about giving back to society and making a difference in the battle against cancer. In his own small ways, he has been supporting the children at the oncology ward in the Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Referral Hospital in Kisumu. He even threw a Christmas party for them on his birthday in December. But Jadudi wants to do more. Just a few weeks ago, he called me saying how bored and frustrated he was because he couldn’t work. His health was still too unstable, so he didn’t know what kind of work he could do. I encouraged him to try and figure out what he could do online. The very next day, he called and said he had several ideas about providing online support for people with different kinds of cancer in Kenya, and eventually even Africa. I told him it was a brilliant idea and asked him to begin by doing research about existing online support systems in other parts of the world, start putting his ideas down on paper, and then share them with people who might be able to help turn his dream into reality. Jadudi is a man with a vision, on a mission, and we need him back well. May this new challenge just be another opportunity or gift in disguise.

 

For everyone who has family and friends who are struggling with cancer, you are not alone. May you be strengthened so you have all the endurance and patience you need. Remember that God is always on time.

 

“Faith is confidence in what we hope for, and assurance about what we do not see.” Hebrews 11:1

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(Please refer to ACF on twitter @AfriCF and Facebook for updates and feel free to send your messages of support directly to Jadudi on Twitter @Jadudi. I will share what I can on twitter via @ZawadiNyongo using #PrayForJadudi and or #Jadudi)

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66 thoughts on “Jadudi, Another Brain Tumor!

  1. As a cancer survivor.I know the terror and pain anyone feels everytime you go for a review,even to a local doctor.I am praying for him and his family continously and would want to encourage him to have faith like the mustard seed and believe God’s time is the best and his plans more than super.
    Jadudi God loves you and will never let you down all you have to do is ask and you shall receive.

    Wambua

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  2. The battle continues; but you are not a lone. We stand with you in prayer and trust that God will see you through to live your dreams. The blood of Jesus was not shed in vain, by his stripes we are healed.

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  3. My Mum is currently in India undergoing Cancer Treatment too. Last year when she first went she was given 6 months to 1 year to live but We serve a living God and she has passed the 6 months. Though she’s back there now, and still undergoing treatment, we believe and trust God for a miracle. We serve a living God Jadudi. It shall be well. You are a Blessing and A living testimony. In my Prayers always

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  4. My father ,Thomas Owino Olang’o was a colorectal cancer victim. He has been undergoing treatment here in kenya until last year in December we decided to take him to India , for further treatment n by which he was given chemotherapy medicines to take them when he’s in Kenya Due to complications of the drugs , he got admitted in January 2016 here in Kenya .the pain was too much and anaemic and by that he passed on in March.

    Jadudi ,my primary school classmate ,my advice for you is that have faith in God ,it’s only God who has ensured that you’re okay,nothing is impossible ,call unto him and he will answer,be optimistic,be happy n don’t feel bad that u can’t work or do something.
    I pray that you get healed in Jesus name. We still need u. Be a fighter. Don’t give up now!
    Remember to read the book of psalms especially chapter 23.

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  5. Jadudi…you will fight this. We shall pray for you and continue to stand with you. You have given hope to many and personally challenged me to focus on what is important. We take alot of things for granted and until we are jolted from our comfort zones…only then do we begin to appreciate the small things. May God give you complete healing and may your journey through this bring hope to many. God watch over you Jadudi

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  6. We are standing in the gap for you Jadudi,calling out your name and praying for your strength…God is listening.keep your faith

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  7. Jadudi,i shed tears of joy for you because of your strong spirit and will to live.Jehova rapha,God of Isaac,Jacob and Abraham see you through this.may you be a testimony of what God can do in Jesus name

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  8. @Jadudi as a cancer survivor I believe in a Living God the same one who saw me through the ordeal is the same one that lives even today. He will see you through so you will Praise His name in this land of the living. You are in my prayers and thoughts.

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  9. In all, look up to God. What a privilege to carry this stumbling block to God, through prayer. Strong, Jadudi, strong!

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  10. This is so sad. May God see him through this, ive tried putting myself in his shoes they are huge, they were made for a very strong person, I respect this guy, keep fighting my dear, keep running this race.

    Zawadi, please let me know if its possible to get his number, i would like to have a one on one chat with him.( with his permission ofcourse.)

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      1. This is so sad. May God see him through this, ive tried putting myself in his shoes they are huge, they were made for a very strong person, I respect this guy, keep fighting my dear, keep running this race.

        Zawadi, please let me know if its possible to get his number, i would like to have a one on one chat with him.( with his permission ofcourse.)

        Dear, I am not, facebook name that he is using?

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  11. Jadudi, Indeed it is God who knows the number of hairs on your head who also knows the condition of each cell He created in you. I ask Him to do His upon you as i pray ” Your will be doneon earth as it is in heaven”. I have that His will for goodness of heaven is what He desires for earth. May His name be praised in your situation. Be strong and of good courage owadwa.

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  12. Jadudi this journey called life ain’t easy, & that’s why we lean to God for the strength. My prayer for u today is that He gives u inner strength so that u do not despair but rather so that U are able to take one more step & tell that tumor ‘bring it on I have gotten rid of others before u & u r no different’
    May ur cup of hope never waiver may ur resilience blast thru this new challenge.
    To Jadudi!!!

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  13. Jadudi, this journey we call life is anything but smooth. That is why we seek out God for strength.
    Don’t despair my brother for my prayer for you today is that He gives U strength to hope for tomorrow. Strength to tell this tumor ‘ bring it on, I have dealt with with others before u & I till them out, so u r no different’
    May ur resilience help u push through today, tomorrow, the day after & many more days after that.
    To Jadudi!!!

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  14. You are a fighter jadudi and you are going to be healed in jesus name,
    Don’t give up and don’t feel bad,you will live to testify how great thou art.
    My prayers always with you my childhood friend. See u soon

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  15. Jadudi, take heart wuod omin. God is watching over you. My prayer is that you get out of this victorious and strong. Your determination to live is a great encouragement to me. I will keep you in m prayers. Get well soonest.

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  16. The Lord us watching you.you are a strong man and all will be well.my primary school class mate always remember that God loves you and your going to be okay have faith in Him and be strong you will always be in my prayers and don’t worry be happy..God bless you Jadudi

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  17. This is so sad to hear. We all prayed for the best, but I guess we should be patient in the Lord. He is still working on Jadudi, wr just need to trust Him. You are in our prayers Emmanuel.

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  18. Jesus,I call upon your healing.I believe in your power and mercy.Please, Lord remember Jadudi.He is your child n he really needs u.Pls release him from the bondage of tumours.Let New blood flow in his body.Thank you Lord.Amen.

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  19. We are with you Nuela …we believe God is in control…my daughter’s childhood friend. Val says it shall be well.you are always in our prayer.

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  20. My mum has fought for close to five years. And since last year September she’s been getting a clean bill of health. She’s fI’ll of faith and believe’s God is always saving her for a reason. So jadudi mum is praying for you. You will get better and you will live to testify of God’s miracles and love towards you. We are all praying for you. Just believe in God. All the best and you shall heal.

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  21. Attimes I want to ask why God; but then I remember His plans for us are greater and never to destroy us. I cant begin to imagine the pain in Jadudi’s family. He has already gone through so much already.Today on my knees I plead on his behalf dear God; take this heavy yoke away from him.May you restore his health back and make him whole.Have mercy on your humble servant.Jadudi wherever you are i pray you find courage; strength and the will to forge forward and that you never lose your hope nor faith..May your faith be grounded in God but more so never lose sight of his love for you.May HE who made heaven and earth by just proclaiming their existance and they came to be; proclaim your healing and heal you from your illness.I believe Miracles do happen and yours Emmanuel is on its way.

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  22. I worked with Jadudi’s mom in Kisumu and I’m among the first people to support his first trip to India for surgery. I applaud his resilience and that of his mom. My deep prayers for him. Like Mandela said, “It always seems impossible until it’s done”.

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  23. whos report will you believe?we shall believe the report of the lord,for his report says You are healed Jadudi.

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  24. If in all our lives we never knew a moment touchd wth sadnes,how wud we tel the beauty of each moment filled wth gladness….. All shal be wel….the devil is a liar!

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