A path to tread. By Kari Ukwatar

This story is in commemoration of the International Women’s Day.

I woke up on the wrong side of bed on this Monday morning after sharing a beer with my in- law the previous night. I reluctantly got up and I had Monday blues to contend with. I did everything in slow motion until I arrived at Magodo bus stop which was about to 12 minutes walk from my apartment.


The crowd at the bus stop was unprecedented. I said, “Where is everyone headed?” An inner voice asked me the same rhetoric question- ” Where are you headed? ” This was about 7a.m. It was so plain to see that I was running late. Some people decided to trek when the commercial buses were not forthcoming.

I jumped on the board the band wagon. As I walked, I saw a young girl in her school uniform, trodding. I noticed her worn out shoes and her uniform was not ironed. She was unkempt. Her bag was dirty, torn, and light in weight. It was obvious that there were no books but one or two exercise books.


I fell into deep thoughts as I stole glances at the tired and famished young girl. I became a forest of ideas as it struck me to lend a hand. I tailed her while I walked to catch a bus, and suddenly, I saw a dilapidated sing post with the inscription ” Ehingbeti Girls School, Ketu”. The school building was nothing to write home about too.
“Our team at work could visit her school and donate some relief materials to the girls in the school”, I said, while I wondered how our leaders pay less attention to public schools.


As I walked, I heard a faint voice like my wife’s, rose to a crescendo, and I heard, ” wake up, breakfast is ready ” – that was when I realised I was in a dream. This Monday was a bank holiday.


“This dream must come to fruition to save and support the girl child’s education” I bellowed, and I sipped my cup of coffee.

They say “if you educate a woman, you educate a nation” The reason is simple. Women contribute immensely to family and societal growth and development.

Lending a hand is a good path to tread. Do it if you can. Don’t tarry.

Lobular breast cancer &  other breast cancers.

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Compared to other types of breast cancer, lobular breast cancer:

Has different symptoms than other more common types of breast cancer.


May be harder to see on mammogram because it does not cause a firm or distinct lump.


May not be diagnosed until the cancer is large enough to cause symptoms.


Is more likely to involve both breasts and can reoccur many years after the first diagnosis.

Can spread to different-than-typical sites like the stomach, intestine, ovary, kidneys, ureters and eye.

The reason we are having this conversation is not to scare you but just so you are aware and to guide you to take the necessary steps to receiving the right treatment and adhering to recommeded treatment plan by your care team.

Who Should Get Tested

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Folks who have symptoms of COVID-19.


Folks who have had close contact (within 6 feet for a total of 15 minutes or more) with someone with confirmed COVID-19.


Folks who have taken part in activities that put them at higher risk for COVID-19 because they cannot socially distance as needed, such as travel, attending large social or mass gatherings, or being in crowded indoor settings.


Folks who have been asked or referred to get testing by their healthcare provider, local external icon or state health department.


Not everyone will get tested. If you do get tested, you should self-quarantine/isolate at home pending test results and follow the advice of your health care provider.

What goes around, comes around.

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In a little village called Tomo, Nike, an orphan was an epitome of beauty. She was referred to as the flavour of the village by her admirers. Ade was one of the boldest guys who could approach her and ask her out. In a short while, Ade and Nike became an item. Their relationship was on everyone’s lips. The villagers never cease to gossip them. Ade’s friends became envious and regretted not making the move to date Nike before Ade did.

Dayo who had lived in the city for years after graduation from the University, decided to return home as the government has been doing everything to promote agriculture and encourage farmers for self sufficiency in food production. Dayo moved to the village with his wife . His Dad had willed an expanse of land to him that he could conveniently farm on. He and his wife, Moyo have been married for 11 years without a child. Dayo was quite handsome, tall and lanky.

He had been under pressure to have at least a child . The thought of another wife, who could bear children for him crossed his mind often. “You’re barren” , he said to his wife each time they had a quarrel.

On the new yam festival day in the village, conviviality greeted the atmosphere. There was so much to eat and drink. Nike was all over the place like other girls and women who took care of the guests. Dayo couldn’t take his eyes off Nike. ” I am Dayo. What’s your name? ” , he approached Nike and they became friends sooner rather than later.

It was no longer a secret that Nike was pregnant. She couldn’t hide it anymore after seven months. Everyone who knew her with Ade concluded that Ade was responsible.

Dayo felt the pregnancy was his. Ade, the teacher and Dayo, the new mechanised farmer in the village, claimed to be responsible for Nike’s pregnancy. The solution to the deadlock was a DNA test which was advised by the medical doctor in charge of the health centre in the village . Pronto, the samples were taken and the test was carried out in the Capital city. When the result came, Dayo, who had always refused to subject himself to fertility test as advised by the family gynecologist lost out and Nike gave birth to a bouncing baby boy for Ade. This put an end to the secret love between Nike and Dayo.

Ade later found out that Nike had an affair with Dayo. He was devastated and he called it quits with Nike.

Nike went through thick and thin to bring up their son, Temi.

Temi was a brilliant boy. He came tops in class. He recognised the efforts his mum put in to see him through school, and took care of him with her meagre resources. These spurred him on and he was determined to make something out of life even though his father abandoned him and his mum.

He was very skillful as a footballer. He was always striking and scoring with precision. His coach fell in love with him and pushed for a scholarship for him. Temi plies his trade as a footballer in Europe now.

Temi is loaded. He helps indigent students in the village. He has relocated his mother, Nike to Europe.

Ade, is at the moment begging both Nike and Temi for forgiveness in spite of his marriage to another woman, who had two children for him. Temi refused to forgive him but he did not take out his displeasure for his father’s actions on his step sister, Dolapo and brother, Biodun, rather he showed them love. He offerred them scholarships to study abroad. By this action, Temi is worthy of emulation. He has set an example for others to follow in lending a hand.

Ade is not relenting in his plea. He sends emissaries to him especially after watching him play for his team. He still hopes that he will be forgiven for abandoning his son and Nike, who would have been his lovely wife.

My Breast Cancer Experience

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This story is in commemoration of the World Cancer Day, an initiative of the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC )

So, we are telling the story to celebrate, encourage and give hope to all cancer patients, particularly breast cancer patients.

It was too much of a coincidence that my daughter, Bukky and I share the same birthday. I was to clock 40 and she, 24. We planned to celebrate our birthdays with funfair before the unexpected happened.

I was diagnosed with a breast cancer . I struggled to take it in my strides to no avail. I was almost eaten up with anxiety as my mind was full of various thoughts. Being a single parent, I wondered how my daughter would cope if the worst happened . At her age, I couldn’t bring myself to see her as an adult.

When I paid a visit to the doctor, I asked him if I would survive it because I have heard many negative stories about breast cancer especially in our clime where health care delivery is poor.

I had hoped for a blissful marriage before this challenge that seemed to further dim my hope. Each time my eyes came in contact with my daughter’s breasts , my heart skipped a beat as I had lost my mother to breast cancer at a tender age.

I didn’t cease to pray for us until I had a successful mastectomy. Of course, with the financial support of friends and family members. After my treatment, I nursed the idea of having a breast cancer foundation .

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My daughter and I had a big bash at my full recovery. It was double celebrations. We had both invited and uninvited guests. Friends came with their friends and providence brought Darlington to me. One thing led to another and in a few weeks, he proposed in spite of my condition, as I gave full disclosure to him with regard to my health status.

I will like to take a break here and say a big thank you to Pink & MetaPink Stars Cancer Support group ! I am grateful to God for the Pink & MetaPink Stars Cancer Support Group . As a breast cancer patient, I got so much support from the community ! I made new friends and found other sisters going through the same thing as I was at the time.

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Back to Darlingtonđź’– ! We got married. He paid the bill for my breast reconstruction and my daughter and I moved to his house where he lives with his only daughter, Kkelomo, as a widower.

We became a united family. I decided to bring my two daughters up to speed about breast cancer awareness as I acknowledge that early detection is a surefire way to fight breast cancer. Walking closely with my social worker at Amorvard, my self confidence is boosted and I am thankful for the eye opener I got to see , acknowledge and take good advantage of all my network of support.

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I got them to do mamogram checks as young as they were even though they were not really vulnerable to breast cancer until they will be 40 years and above. Many diiseases mutate as the world changes- that recurred in my mind

I advised them among other things, to maintain healthy diet and weight, reduce stress, limit alcohol consumption. I also taught them how to examine the breast for likely symptoms which may include nausea, weight loss, skin irritation, breast or nipple pain and discharge, swelling or thickening of the nipple. I just didn’t take chances. Bukky and Kkelomo that I care so much about, gossip and call me “carcinophobic Mama “. “My name is Tola ” , I often retorted.

I am glad that I gave them guides on how to check their breast for signs and symptoms and I hope they teach their unborn children too as they are happily married leaving my darling, Darlington and I to enjoy a blissful marriage like a dream come true.

A word of advice for those who are about to travel but tested positive for COVID – 19

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COVID -19 protocols are taken seriously the world over. Various Countries are doing everything possible to flatten the curve or stop the spread of the virus. Restrictions are placed on travellers to this effect.

As one of the preconditions for travels , your test result must be negative

Did you just test positive in the midst of your travel plans? Relax! The world is not going to crumble on you. The virus is not a death sentence. Meanwhile, you have to be proactive so that your condition does not degenerate to a severe case.

Here are pieces of advice that could be of help to you:

  • Observe the COVID – 19 protocols as usual. Do not drop the ball.
  • Stay at home or self isolate while you reschedule your flight or shelve your travel plans. This is not a time to unwind, groove or party. You don’t want to spread the virus
  • Consult your doctor. Vaccines are now available. Go get a jab.
  • Eat food, fruits and vegetables that will boost your immune system.
  • You can complement with food supplements for vital vitamins and minerals.
  • Take a walk in the sun for between 20 and 30 minutes daily, especially in the morning. Your exposure to sunlight could help you heal fast because the vitamin D derived from it, is an immune booster.
  • When you feel well after 14 days, go and repeat the test in order to know your status.

Above all, remember your creator and say your prayers for health and cure. Certainly, not your last prayers.

Five food that help a COVID -19 patient to heal fast

Really, it’s not funny when diagnosed patients say things like ” I am scared , I eat right , I don’t understand why I have COVID-19 , it shouldn’t be me because I do everything right , I don’t know what to eat anymore ! ” While this may sound like someone is really scared and troubled , we should all not forget that,

COVID -19 is a strain of flu. A viral infection that is ravaging the World. It’s easily contracted if your immunity is compromised. It’s therefore, pertinent for you to eat healthy in order to boost your immune system if you contract the disease.

The five most likely food that can help you heal fast if you already have a diagnosis of COVID-19 are :

Garlic : It’s well known as a natural antibiotic in spite of its odour, which is offensive to some people. It reduces inflammation, boost immune system and enhances healing. Our forefathers say 12 cloves a day could make strong positive impact on one’s health.

Ginger : Ginger like garlic is also an immune booster with its medicinal properties which may fight harmful bacteria and viruses including COVID -19 virus. It’s high in antioxidants and anti – inflammatory compounds too.

Pineapples : They’re rich in antioxidants and vitamins, which may reduce the risk of diseases. They also have anti- inflammatory properties that strengthen the immunity.

Fish : It’s a good source of vitamin D. Vitamin D is essential in the fight against COVID -19.

Eggs : Eggs are very rich in nutrients/vitamins. The healing impact is enormous.

The enlisted food and more could do a whole lot of good to a COVID -19 patient and they could also serve as defence mechanism against the virus.

Navigating juvenile in dealing with their physical , behavioural or mental health issues.

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We had such a fabulous time at the correctional center for boys ! The guidance of Juvenile in dealing with their physical , behavioural or mental health issues is such an amazing privilege.

First, we must commend the government and all the working staff for an amazing effort to keep the center going.

We had an amazing time chatting and educating the boys and we are glad it all serve the purpose of effecting change and empowering juveniles with the use of counseling techniques as they navigate through different emotions and body changes in this phase.

We are excited to be taking this a step higher ! Please kindly look out for our next move on our pagesđź’–

How do you protect yourself from coronavirus if you have cancer ?

The extremely vulnerable people with cancer are more at risk of being seriously ill if they develop the COVID-19 infection.

If you are extremely vulnerable, you should stay alert to prevent yourself from getting ill. Stay aware of the numbers of infections in your area and follow the advice for extremely vulnerable people in your part of the country. In general, you should:

  • Stay at home
  • limit contact with others outside your household
  • Follow strict social distancing – stay at least 2 metres apart or 1 metre with a face covering
  • Wash your hands regularly or use a hand sanitizer alcohol gel 
  • Wear a face covering inside shops and on public transport, unless you are exempt

According to the Nigeria Center for Disease Control , right now in Nigeria, the numbers are increasing ! People in this group will need to follow particular measures called shielding. Your GP or healthcare team might ask you to shield again depending on your situation.

Cancer patients in the extremely vulnerable group include those:

  • having chemotherapy
  • having radical radiotherapy for lung cancer
  • Those with cancer of the blood or bone marrow such as leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma who are at any stage of treatment
  • If you are having immunotherapy or other continuing antibody treatments for cancer
  • If you are having other targeted cancer treatments which can affect the immune system, such as protein kinase inhibitors or PARP inhibitors
  • Those who have had bone marrow or stem cell transplants in the last 6 months, or who are still taking immunosuppression drugs

If you are unsure what treatment you are having and whether you are in one of these groups and you are finding it difficult to speak to your care team you can use our patient navigator service , for guidance and support.

Tested positive for COVID-19 but am not showing symptoms.

If you tested positive for COVID-19, it is okay to to ask the question what next ? You wished you had that one Medical provider who will call you to talk through your test results and provide a care plan. Anyways, we have that covered at Amorvard  virtual support group for COVID-19 patients with positive results. At our virtual support group, you have access to physicians who will give best advise based on the symptoms you are showing .

If you’re not showing symptoms, there is a good chance that you’re already on the road to recovery.

Recently , health experts have found little evidence that those infected with COVID-19 will contract it again. While you may feel fine, it’s important that you still take measures to prevent others from contracting the virus.

Your provider will most likely recommend self-isolation until at least 10 days have passed since you first tested positive assuming you have not developed symptoms within that time.

The decision to stop home isolation should be left to healthcare providers and local health authorities

While at home please eat healthy , maintain proper hygiene and follow through with your doctors recommendations.

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