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I have ‘Jeko’: Tino Katsande

CONTROVERSIAL actress, radio and television personality and model Tinopona Katsande has revealed she suffers from Endomotrosis.
Endometriosis is a gynaecological condition in which cells from the lining of the uterus appear and flourish outside the uterine cavity, most commonly on the membrane which lines the abdominal cavity, the peritoneum.
Katsande 34 who appeared to be attention-seeking after the disastrous publication of her sex tape with an ex-boyfriend revealed her condition on Facebook this week and said it was one of her 2014 New Year’s resolutions.
Below is her full post:
“Haaala! Pray I find you all well my Fb(sic) family and friends. How are the “resolutions” coming along? Well I’ll be honest of the seven I mapped out I have already back stepped on one, but I am strongly affirming the remaining. One of my “resolutions” is to share with you some more personal aspects of my life that I ordinarily guard with vengeance, but that I believe may inspire, motivate and perhaps even save a life in the process.
“I have a medical condition called endometrios(sic). Endometriosis is a gynaecological condition in which cells from the lining of the uterus appear and flourish outside the uterine cavity.
“This means that every time I go on my period I bleed from both inside and outside my uterus. Now because it’s not normal to have menstrual blood come out of anywhere else but through the virginal canal, the blood that collects outside the uterine cavity creates cysts all over my other organs causing excruciating pain and discomfort every time I ovulate. Not nice at all!!
“I was diagnosed when I was 17 but between the ages of 13 to 17 I had received seven operations on my uterus and ovaries before the actual problem was discovered in California.
“Now the reason why it took my Zimbabwean gynaecologists so long to diagnose me is because endometrios was for the longest time reported to be a “white man’s disease” so it was not something my doctors would have immediately thought of detecting .
“Instead, being the Shona girl I am, the “elders” and doctors attributed the excruciating, demobilising monthly period pains to “jeko” and I was told I would eventually grow out of it; especially after having a baby.Advertisement

“Unfortunately however, I haven’t grown out of it and medically I am infertile. (I say medically because I believe Musiki wangu will give me the gift of a child if and when he wants – endometrios or not). In the meantime however I feel it is my onus to be an unofficial Endometrios Awarness Ambassador in Zimbabwe.
“Note that there is no cure for endometriosis, but it can be treated in a variety of ways, including pain medication, hormonal treatments, and surgery.
“I took every traditional herb known for “jeko” and then moved onto Lupron hormonal treatment in my early 20’s but it began to affect my bones so I had to stop using it. At 34, I have now resorted to high dosages of pain medication every time I ovulate. It provides temporal relief but relief none the less.
“Endometriosis has a significant social and psychological impact. You lose days from school or work every month. You are jeered at and gossiped about for not having children ‘hazvare’.
“It has been estimated that endometriosis occurs in roughly 6–10% of women.
“Symptoms of endometriosis-related pain may include: dysmenorrhea – painful, sometimes disabling cramps during menses; pain may get worse over time (progressive pain), also lower back pains linked to the pelvis chronic pelvic pain – typically accompanied by lower back pain or abdominal pain dyspareunia – painful sex dysuria – urinary urgency, frequency, and sometimes painful voiding
“Throbbing, gnawing, and dragging pain to the legs are reported more commonly by women with endometriosis.
“So heads up every one! If have experienced or know anyone who is experiencing any of the above please suggest an endometrios exam from the gynaecologist.”