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Survivor Story: Sidney Chahonyo | YourCommonwealth

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Most cancers is a devastating illness that requires a preventing spirit, willpower and unwavering hope to endure its bodily and psychological impacts. In recognition of London International Most cancers Week, the Commonwealth gave younger most cancers survivors throughout the Commonwealth an opportunity to inform their tales and problem myths and stigmas surrounding the illness. Adedoyin Ajayi, a 25-year-old Commonwealth Correspondent from Nigeria shares the story of Sidney Chahonyo, a most cancers survivor who participated in London International Most cancers Week: Commonwealth occasions.

Sidney Chahonyo had simply accomplished his ‘A’ ranges and was on the verge of coming into college when he started experiencing occasional complications, nosebleeds and bouts of flu. After they elevated in depth and occurred with a better frequency, he was pressured to hunt medical assist. A number of incorrect diagnoses of sinus infections from each personal and public hospitals over a six-month interval led him to an ear-nose-throat (ENT) specialist. Lastly, he was identified with most cancers of the post-nasal house, a uncommon kind of most cancers that impacts the nasal cavity and sinuses. The 19-year-old Kenyan had not solely confronted a problem of incorrect analysis widespread to African most cancers sufferers, however the revelation introduced his life to a grinding halt.

The battle with most cancers includes not simply bodily changes, however a complete life-style transformation. It’s as a lot bodily as it’s psychological. “Every little thing stopped,” Sidney says, acknowledging the change he needed to undergo. 

Though he was outgoing, his social life plummeted as he confronted isolation. In his phrases, “Solely 10% of my pals got here round.” To worsen the scenario, he confronted rumours about his impending demise. Being written off for lifeless is a stigma many most cancers sufferers face.

Trying again, he says it’s essential to not fall into self-pity. On the similar time, he advocates for extra psychosocial help for most cancers sufferers to assist them cope with the long-term results of the sickness and the numerous modifications in each day life, faculty or work that will happen in consequence. 

Following correct analysis, Sidney had 5 rounds every of chemotherapy and radiotherapy. There was no hint of most cancers left. Thankfully, he was capable of afford the price of remedy. For a lot of most cancers sufferers not simply in Kenya, however throughout Africa, it is a enormous drawback. A lot of them wrestle to afford the price of and entry to remedy. Sidney believes there needs to be common well being protection in order that most cancers sufferers entry the well being companies they want and should not have to promote their land and probably borrow to cowl the prices of remedy. Common well being protection would additionally cut back what’s known as – remedy abandonment, which is the tendency of sufferers to cease remedy midway resulting from monetary constraints.

Sidney survived his battle with most cancers and but didn’t come out totally unscathed. He now makes use of a listening to support, because the remedy partially affected his listening to. Nonetheless, he believes one factor that stored him going was a resolute perspective and a optimistic mindset. His household additionally rallied round him and tried to assist. For a 19-year-old with the world at his ft, he definitely confronted an enormous impediment with most cancers, however he stayed sturdy. He believes most cancers is beatable and early detection is essential. That is definitely an space that wants huge enchancment throughout Africa, as many fail to detect most cancers early and there’s a excessive likelihood of improper analysis, just like what he confronted. 

“Nobody actually understands,” Sidney says of his battle. Regardless of the help he obtained from his household, he says in some methods, most cancers sufferers must face the battle alone, and therefore, a willpower to tug via is required. Sidney was troubled with most cancers of the post-nasal house, a uncommon kind of most cancers extra widespread in older males than youngsters, however he beat the chances.

Sidney Chahonyo (centre) arranging packages for the Hope for Most cancers Youngsters initiative.

Right now, he lives to inform the story, proudly bearing his scars which he makes use of to encourage others fighting various kinds of most cancers. Most cancers stole a part of his life but additionally gave him a renewed sense of positivity and function. Right now, he chairs the board of Hope for Most cancers Youngsters, an initiative that raises funds to help kids from much less advantaged backgrounds that suffer from most cancers.

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Picture Credit: Hope for Most cancers Youngsters

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About Adedoyin Ajayi: I’m a graduate of Obafemi Awolowo College, Ile-Ife, Nigeria the place i studied Economics. I like studying and writing on points pertaining to growing international locations. I’ve revealed two educational papers on tourism and its interrelated components in MINT international locations (Mexico, Indonesia, Nigeria and Turkey). I presently work as a analysis assistant in my alma matter and hope to pursue a masters diploma in Growth Economics.

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Opinions expressed on this article are these of the creator and don’t essentially symbolize the views of the Commonwealth Youth Programme. Articles are revealed in a spirit of dialogue, respect and understanding. Should you disagree, why not submit a response?
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