Radio personality Tinopona Katsande has revealed that she is suffering from stage four endometriosis.
Stage four is the most severe stage of endometriosis, a large number of cysts and severe adhesions are present.
In a lengthy Facebook post, Katsande said she is depressed that she just can’t be a healthy functional 43 year old working mom everyday like other ordinary moms because of her situation.
Below is what wrote.
Regardless how I look here , I post this pic with pride and strength today . I have stage 4 endometriosis 💛🎗️💛🎗️. ( Endometriosis has no Shona name but is often misinterpreted as “jeko ” in our culture. ITS NOT . )
I have spent the last month much off the radar professionally and personally not by choice but because I HAVE NO CHOICE .
Ive missed important things for the boys for school
I’ve missed important things for work ( deadlines, shoots, capacity building opportunities)
I’ve missed important things in the close and extended family circles after promising I will be there ( Birthdays, funerals, weddings, nedare even kkk)
When I have managed to be out there some folks have made the most appalling comments
eg ” …asi wakufa…you look so frail… Wadii kuja more …etc ” 🤦🏾♀️ Hasn’t done much for my ego or self confidence that’s for sure 😣
I’ve received emails and messages from disgruntled clients, creditors, family members, friends, colleagues, production houses with people saying I’m unreliable, unprofessional and uncooperative and as much as that is not true , to the world that is exactly what I am after all if you don’t fulfill your commitments what are people supposed to think right ? And worse I can’t keep telling everyone
“sorry ndine problem nechibereko, and I can’t even get out of bed because of it “
“Sorry I’m bleeding so much a super plus tampon, plus a thick pad are not sufficient even so I’d rather stay put in one place lest I go round ‘spoiling’ the whole of Harare worried that everytime I stand up I have a big red stain on my bum “
“Sorry today I can’t concentrate as much because my mind is so cloudy from the drugs I’m on to control the pain and at least feel semi normal “
“Sorry I can’t be that perky , vivacious inspirational TinTin today because my body is letting me down, “
“Sorry, I’m depressed that I just can’t be a healthy functional 43 year old working mom everyday like other ordinary moms.”
“Sorry my house is such a mess , I haven’t had the strength to even hold that mtsvairo let alone connect that hoover ” ( Side Note :my wonderful house help Fadzi is on maternity leave, she just had a most beautiful baby boy 💃🙏👏🏾)
“Sex ???? Whaaaa??? You got jokes chyna . with endometriosis, Body feeling too haggard and riddled with pain for any of that goodness . ( Many Endo sufferers have the most painful sex and seem unaffectionate or unresponsive physically but it’s NOT BY CHOICE -. it’s a SORRY 🤦🏾♀️😣
Endometriosis is ALWAYS accompanied by SORRY SORRY SORRY …. 😤😔😤😔😤😔
BUT through it all TODAY , I continue to count my blessings. I am so grateful today kumuka nyama nomweya zviripamwechete. 🙏🏾💃
I am grateful that regardless how my body looks and feels, how tore up my hair and nails look 😝, I have been awarded yet another chance to get things right – another chance to become a better version of myself. Ndamuka ndirimupenyu hallelujah. 😇
I have TWO strong healthy growing boys. Vazhinji vari kushaya the blessing of a child because of endometriosis and related gynecological conditions, yet here I am comforted by the unconditional pure and innocent love of Yambuko Mukana Chigariro and Alex Mupi Hodges who think I am absolutely beautiful and absolutely perfect just the way I am 😁😁😁😁 .
Nyika inga taure zvakawanda pamusoro pehupenyu wangu asi IMI Jehovah, ndimi murikutonga and All things work together for good to them (me) that love God, to them (me) who are (is) called according to his purpose. Romans 8 😎.
It is well, it well 🙏🏾💕🙏🏾💕
Sending a big all embracing hug to my Endo sisters out here in Zimbabwe. Very few people understand our situation or condition – be patient with them and remain compassionate to YOUR NEEDS . Endometriosis Awareness in Zimbabwe is consolidating , it’s building -. Let’s just keep pushing.