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Hi, my name is Shiyenze Roselyne Khasoha. Most people know me as the brains and chops behind Shiyenze Fashion–a Kenyan based, African themed clothing line that has snagged critical acclaim across the board and catapulted the African brand to new heights of prestige and glory. I am 24 years of age and currently a student at United States International University (USIU)here in Nairobi. This is my story. 

They say dreams don’t cost a dime, yet great accomplishments are a testament to their power. Coming from a simple background, I had plenty of dreams – I still have them.I wanted to make a difference but most of all, I wanted to make my mom (a single parent) proud. At the age of 10, quite suddenly, my menstrual cycle began. It was a troubling occurrence for a tender girl of my age and upon consultation with relevant doctors, it was established that I had a hormonal imbalance. At the time, it was dismissed as an anomaly – being painless, and therefore treated as an inconsequential development. 

At the age of 12, the narrative steeply shifted. I began suffering from prolonged menses. Two months would go by and the periods would persist. It was both frustrating and frightening. During this time, I could not participate in swimming classes or other school related activities that were directly or indirectly affected by my condition. I was referred to Avenue hospital where Primolut – a drug used in the treatment of menstrual disorders, was prescribed alongside a contraceptive. The drugs spelt relief to my young troubled mind but the time of rejoicing was short-lived. Upon returning to school, the issue escalated. Profuse bleeding necessitated that I adjourn my studies indefinitely and return home. 

Barely a week after that, we made another trip to the hospital where an ultra sound was performed and Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome was discovered. Apart from traumatic menstrual irregularities, PCOS has also been linked to Infertility, Type 2 diabetes and heart disease. We were not immediately apprised of this at the time. Medication was prescribed and we kept trusting God forhealing. 

Time progressed, I turned 16 and suffered a stroke – my body had rejected the medicine. I received treatment at the time, finding it difficult to contemplate a normal future. Eight (8) years later, after what could easily have been termed as an oasis of recovery, the same medical challenges havecome back to haunt me. Having undergone the relevant treatment, we took an additional step of consulting nearly ten (10) gynecologists and have since reached the heart wrenching conclusion that I have Ovarian Cancer. 

It has not been an easy journey, having fallen victim to several misdiagnoses, i.e. PCOS & Endometriosis, which have all clouded a greater underlying problem. I am grateful for all the help and support that friends, colleagues, and well-wishers have extended our way. We owe you a debt of gratitude and hopethat you’ll continue standing with us during this trying time in my life. The journey continues… though battered and bruised, my faith still shines like a beacon of hope!

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