NEW BOOK REVEALS CHALLENGES
OF PEOPLE WITH UNSEEN
LIFE CHANGING ILLNESS
Author Wairimu Wairobi is giving a voice to individuals who have unseen, debilitating, and life-crippling illnesses with her debut book ‘Wounded: Diary of a Nameless Woman’.
Wairimu is a confident, bold, and independent woman, who is undergirded by her strong Christian faith.
Her life, as she knew it was totally transformed in 2010 when she started experiencing a range of symptoms including aches throughout her body and mood swings.
In 2012 Wairimu was diagnosed with depression. In 2015 doctors confirmed that she was suffering from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia, a long-term condition that causes acute pain all over the body for which there is no cure. And two years ago Wairimu was told she had lupus.
The Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome diagnosis meant that Wairimu had to retire from work as a Union Representative because her life became consumed with attending doctor’s appointments, having medical tests, and trying out different types of treatment. Coupled with this, Wairimu also discovered that she had a growth in her womb, was pre-menopausal, and would never be able to have children. Plus she had unresolved childhood trauma of abuse on all levels.
The Kenyan-born author has channelled her many painful life experiences into ‘Wounded: Diary of a Nameless Woman’. She recalled, “When I started writing this book it was a type of therapy and provided an outlet for my physical pain and emotional frustration.
“Now that the book is published I have realised it’s given a voice to people who have unseen illnesses and has encouraged people to show kindness and compassion when they come into contact with people and not make assumptions. Just because people look fine doesn’t mean that they are well. My faith in God has been my constant companion and has helped to keep me sane as I have walked this difficult road.”
Born in London to Kenyan parents, prior to her illnesses Wairimu was living life to the full. She enjoyed careers in Africa where she worked for an NGO and in the UK where she spent 17 years working in the National Health Service and Social Care.
Wairimu’s experience with illness put a stop to her career.
Wounded: Diary of a Nameless Woman chronicles Wairimu’s journey with the medical profession, of how she has come to term with her condition and continues to navigate life as a woman with an unseen illness, who is still working through her mental pain, but who, through it all, retains her hope and faith in God.