When I was first diagnosed, the prognosis changed my life for it exposed me to the privilege of ignorance. Ignorance about the importance of breast cancer awareness. Ignorance of the effect breast cancer has on women. Learning that I may have to undergo a mastectomy made me realize how much I identified my feminity, my […]
Today is Father’s Day. I’ll be honest, I had no freaking idea. Thank God for social media though, my news feed has been flooded with compliments, words of admiration, remembrance and love for fathers everywhere. It’s nice to see ‘the other parent’ celebrated. I’m a believer in giving praise to one to encourage good behaviour. I […]
I’m one of those people who find it easier to write when there is an allure of sadness around me. There’s something about the feeling of helplessness that gets my creative juices going. When I used to write poetry (many eons ago), I was always the girl that wrote about a broken heart, or a […]
“My momma always said life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get”. –Tom Hanks in Forrest Gump When you get sick and get better, that’s supposed to be the end of the matter. For me, it was the beginning. I found myself suddenly thrust into the spotlight due to […]
I thought this chapter of my life had ended after learning that my
cancer had gone into remission. It hasn’t. It’s difficult to be touched
by death, brought back to life, and forget the other women who have
experience or are experiencing the trials I underwent.
I have therefore started a company called the Lumps Away Foundation to raise money to provide locally made prosthetics for women who have undergone mastectomies.
That is is the title of my very first recorded song. (Yay Linda!) I’ve always loved music. I sing in the car, in the shower, in the kitchen,….if I’m not singing I have music playing. Recording a song is something I always wanted to do. It’s one of those things that I told myself that […]
5th May 2017. The day I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer. My Cancer-versary. Anyway, I still remember this day like it was yesterday. The bad weather, the excitement I had for my evening, and then Baaam! (The Diagnosis) 15th April 2018. The day Dr. Okuku finally said the words I’d been dying to hear as he looked […]
Ugandans are lovely people. So much so that they aren’t aware of the thin line between asking a question in innocence and being downright rude. This is a typical scenario between two people. Innocent Ugandan: Eh Emily, long time no see. Emily (obviously): Yeah, I’ve been busy with work and stuff Innocent Ugandan: Oh okay….But […]
It’s a strange feeling. To be so relieved about something yet worried that maybe another option should have been considered. I woke up groggy and dry mouthed, my mum and sister’s friend (Nice) hovering over me. I’d hardly opened my eyes when I heard Nice exclaim, “Letitia, you still have your breasts!” I consider myself […]
Dear 2018 Linda, It’s a new year. You made it. I love the feeling of hope we all have just because the dates are changing. It’s the same feeling I used to get on my birthday. Excited to ‘start afresh’ (as if – rolling eyes) and eager for what the next year will bring. It’s like, because […]