From the time she was 13 years old, Jemimah Nzisa suffered debilitating pain, excessive vomiting and heavy bleeding each month during her menstrual period. In fact, she often had to seek treatment from a hospital nearby just to manage the pain and address her dehydration. It wasn’t until years later that she was diagnosed with fibroids and sadly lost a pregnancy to it.
The tragedy set Jemimah on a path to take charge of her reproductive health through natural products. She became obsessed with acquiring knowledge about her condition and how to stop fibroids dead in their tracks. Within five months, her fibroids had shrunk by half, and some of her smaller ones had disappeared altogether.
Armed with an effective natural solution, Jemimah established an initiative called Golden Eagle Wellness and has been helping women treat their reproductive issues in Kenya and around the world.
I reached out to Jemimah to ask her about how having fibroids impacted her life, her fibroid recovery journey and how other women can benefit from the organic solution she offers.
When did you notice something wasn’t right in your body?
I started my menses when I was 13 years old. As a young girl, I had looked forward to that moment. I wanted to be just like other ladies and share that experience. But when my time came, it was not as a walk in the park. I was in excruciating pain from day one, and my period would last seven days with heavy, heavy bleeding. It was so painful, and I experienced lots of vomiting.
I was just exhausted with no strength to do anything. Some people would call me lazy. “Are you the only one who’s experiencing a period? Other ladies go through the same thing!” some would mock.
I didn’t know that was a big problem because every time I sought medical attention to ease my pain, the doctors and nurses would tell me that this was something that would disappear when I gave birth. All they gave me each time were painkillers. I wasn’t given anything to reduce the heavy bleeding. From 2003 to 2016, I suffered each month with my period.
Were you the only one in your family who was experiencing painful periods?
I’m the only daughter, so I did not have anyone to compare my experience with except my mom. Every time my periods began, everybody in my family knew it. My brother would lose sleep some nights because his bedroom was just next to mine, and I would just scream and cry through the night. He would have to move from his bedroom to the guest room. So I kind of felt guilty for interfering with his sleep during that, but he was so understanding.
Did it affect your studies?
Definitely. Every month I would spend a night or two in the hospital so the nurses could administer strong painkillers and put me on a drip since the vomiting would cause me to be dehydrated. The pain would get better for two, three hours, but then I’d be back in pain after that.
I remember there was a time my brother and I were transferring schools and had to go and do an interview with the new school. Unfortunately, I was on my period, and I couldn’t even concentrate enough to take the exam. I told the teacher on duty that I couldn’t do the test to move to the next grade, so I’d just repeat the same class again. I’m the firstborn, so my brother was a class behind me. But repeating meant that my younger brother would catch up with [me]. That affected me. It was my situation, and I had to accept that.
When did you get a diagnosis?
In 2016, I went for a scan to check my uterus and discovered I had fibroids. The biggest had grown to seven centimetres in diameter, and I also had a cyst on one ovary. So that is when I realized I had issues going on in my reproductive system.
The doctor recommended emergency surgery right away because of the positioning of the fibroids and how big they were. It was good to know that all these issues I had been having had a name.
I wanted to consult with my parents because surgery costs some good money. I also wanted to research about fibroids. I saw a photo on Google, and they look like monsters; they’re so ugly. Honestly, by the look of them, I just said, “Okay, I need these things out.”
When you’re suffering from something that you don’t know, it makes it difficult for you to get help. But when you know what the thing is, and it has a name, and maybe there is treatment, then it becomes a relief.
How soon after your diagnosis did you have your surgery?
A week. It was that fast because I feared the monsters; those things are bad. Knowing they were living [in] my reproductive system where I’m supposed to carry a baby scared me. I didn’t want to have those things inside me any longer. I was given the option to use natural remedies, but I chose surgery.
How successful was that surgery?
For me, it was a disappointment because I really hoped I was going to be done with these things. But then the doctor advised me that I wasn’t in a position to do an open surgery. They would do a laparotomy. So they made three little cuts – one on my right side, one on my left side and the other one on my belly button. The doctor told me that they removed the fibroids but never showed them to me afterwards.
My period pain increased after surgery, especially in my back. So when it came to the pain, nothing changed. I kept in touch with the doctor about my progress, and he kept telling me the pain would disappear. After six months [of] going back for checkups, I got tired and decided to just continue with my life. At that time, I’d lived with this pain for the past 13 years, so maybe this was my fate.
Let’s talk about getting pregnant. What was that journey like for you?
I got married in 2017. I always thought that I was super fertile; I don’t know why. We tried getting pregnant for six months, and nothing was happening. Then I got pregnant. I went for a health check to see if my uterus was conducive for the baby to grow in. Unfortunately, the fibroids were there and still big. I wondered how that could be since my doctor had said he removed the seven-centimetre fibroid. Could more have grown within less than a year to the same size? That couldn’t be right.
I don’t want to say that my doctor lied, but I wasn’t comfortable with the results. The doctor told me the positioning of my fibroids was not that bad, so the baby could grow, which is what happened. The baby grew until I was at 35 weeks. It was not an easy pregnancy. It’s not anything any woman would wish to experience.
I was in pain throughout the pregnancy. I was always in hospitals, getting pregnancy-safe painkillers. But then it got to a point where the painkillers were not even helping me out. So I had to be on injections every two weeks to suppress the pain, and scans every now and then to check if the baby was still okay.
It was terrible, and to some point, I blamed myself for getting pregnant knowing that I had fibroids. I knew what was happening to me, so why go ahead and get pregnant knowing your uterus is not conducive for the baby to grow? I had a mixture of so many feelings.
What happened next?
My scan at 35 weeks showed that I didn’t have any amniotic fluid in my uterus. Since a baby cannot survive in an environment without the amniotic fluid, the baby needed to come out. I wondered when and where the fluid disappeared to because I never leaked. I remember it was on a Friday, and I needed to have an emergency C-section. The doctor put me on some injections over the weekend that would help mature the baby’s lungs. On Monday, I went back to the hospital to deliver.
The baby was a girl, but unfortunately, she didn’t make it. She died within 20 minutes of her birth. The fibroids had severely affected her. One side of their face was flat, and then her neck was not straight. She wasn’t in a good position to survive. She also had heart issues.
Can you talk about how that impacted your faith and what your healing journey has been like?
Yes, I had some grieving moments. I asking God all sorts of questions like, “Why did you bring us this far if it wasn’t going to happen? We could have just dealt with a miscarriage.” I blamed God, and I was blaming myself for getting pregnant knowing that I have these crazy monsters inside me. But I have a supportive husband who was there during that time. As much as he was also so broken by the loss, we needed to be strong for each other.
One thing I know to do is let go of something that I have no power over. So knowing that we tried our best to save the baby, I tried eating well for the child, and I really looked forward to having this baby. But then it didn’t happen.
As a Christian, I leaned in to the saying, “God knows best.” He knows why He allows things to happen to us, and amidst all that confusion, and so many questions, I had to let go.
So my husband and I had to work towards overcoming it and looking forward knowing that there is a better future. Because honestly, Vimbai, if this baby could have survived, I could be in and out of hospitals, again asking God questions: “Why did you let this baby come this way? Did you have to put me through all this?” So instead of another series of questions, you get to appreciate what you have. At least I had life.
Let’s talk about your decision to take a holistic approach to your health.
After I lost the baby, I wasn’t ready to get pregnant again. I wasn’t ready to go through the same experience I went through, and I wasn’t ready for another surgery to remove fibroids. So I searched online to see if there was a way someone can get rid of these things without surgery. When you let go and let God, He has a way of bringing things together. A friend who told me about some liquid organic products. That’s when I came to know of natural products, especially supplements.
From the beginning, when God created the earth, He gave us fruits and vegetables, knowing that they will sort out our health. So I believe in the natural way of healing, and that’s how I came to know of supplements, and dealing with an issue from the root cause, not just treating the symptoms.
Surgery is just dealing with the symptom…you just cut out the problem. If you go to the field and just slash the grass, in two months, then you’re going to have to slash that grass again. So that’s when I started to realize that there has to be a better option.
Let’s talk about natural fibroid treatment. How did that work for you?
I was so faithful in using the organic products and gave myself a target of eight months. I know I was dealing with natural products, so it needed patience. I had been with fibroids for 13 years, so how could I expect something that has stayed in me for 13 years [to] just disappear within a month?
So I gave myself time to heal, and I prayed to God. That’s how I got I started [on] my journey. After five months, I started experiencing peaceful menses. That made me happy. Even if I still had the fibroids, the pain was gone. And that’s something to celebrate, honestly.
I also lost my pregnancy weight. Then I missed my period and found out that I was pregnant again. I didn’t tell my husband or anyone else. I was afraid of what might happen based on my last experience. I couldn’t go through another pregnancy like that again. So I went to a new doctor for a scan to see how the fibroids were. I was given some good news!
When I delivered my first child, the biggest fibroid was 6.5 centimetres, but now it was three centimetres. And the other smaller ones had disappeared! I was so happy.
I didn’t have the crazy experience with my first pregnancy. This was just the best pregnancy. Not even one painkiller was prescribed. It was a smooth, awesome journey. My baby boy arrived on January 1, 2020.
When did you begin educating your community on natural remedies to treat reproductive issues?
I started reaching out to women about my testimony. My first time going public on TV was in April 2021. I wanted to encourage women and tell them there’s a way out. And honestly, women are really struggling. And honestly, at that time, I didn’t know what to do. I was just talking, sharing my experience for someone to know there is a way out. I offered them what I used, so now I had clients. But our bodies are different; our DNA is different. What works for me may not work for someone else. That’s when I started doing serious research.
So having clients really challenged me to look for better solutions for them. I found something better on the market and created a month-long program that challenges them. Why? Because healing is not easy. Healing must make you uncomfortable. For you to have this testimony, you must go through a test.
Tell us about Golden Eagle Wellness.
My program is called Golden Eagle Wellness. Currently, I’m just dealing with women’s reproductive health, and I love the feedback that I’m getting.
I have a few products that I am using currently. I don’t give my clients something that I’ve not used. Honestly, I’d rather take two months trying a product before I sell it. But I can see some good results within myself.
My program address issues at the cell level. This makes all the difference because cells are what make tissues; tissues are what make organs; and organs are what make systems in the body, like the reproductive system or the respiratory system.
Hormonal imbalance accelerates the growth of fibroids. Too much acidity in your body system, bad eating habits…and that is what makes people think they can’t do my program. You’ll have to make changes that will be uncomfortable, especially for the first one month.
You are also vocal about healthier options for sanitary products. What should women beware of?
One thing I’ve come to realize is most of these sanitary napkins that you use, especially in this era, are just trash because of the contents inside the pad. They can exaggerate the pain. You may find that someone may start their period and not have pains, but then after a few years, they start experiencing issues, and you wonder what’s happening.
I always advocate for a good sanitary napkin. I ask myself a few questions: How does it absorb? Are you comfortable? Are you dry wearing the pad? The second thing is the content, the material inside the pad. Most pads contain bleached materials. They’re not healthy for us. I have a demo is on my Facebook page where I explain the kind of pads we have in the markets. It’s my dream to own a brand of sanitary napkins one day.
If we have good sanitary napkins, some issues we won’t have to deal with because 82% of the period issues are caused by using a poor sanitary napkin.
How can women join your program?
I have a Facebook page, Golden Eagle Wellness. I am based in Kenya and have my products with me. I ship products to Canada, UK, Italy and many other countries. I don’t want to just change lives in Kenya; I want to change lives in the whole world. But we will need to start from home, and that is Africa.
I want a woman to feel free to talk about her issue. It’s taboo to talk about these things. I want to have healthy women and healthy children being born. I want to save our women from gynecological issues and change the narrative.
Vimbai E. is a writer, journalist, ghostwriter and the founder of The Weight She Carries. With hundreds of articles publishing online, in print and for broadcast, her love of language and storytelling shines through every piece of writing that bears her name.