IT STARTED WITH SWITCHING ON A COMPUTER

nyamwizaagnes
Posted April 29, 2019 from Uganda
It started with switching on a computer

Until I reached university I had never seen or touched a computer, I had not owned or known how to use a smart phone, the whole thing of technology was nowhere near me. At the university one of the course subjects I had to do was ICT. I didn’t know anything, not even switching on a computer! Thanks to my friends, slowly I learnt the basics that helped me pass exams. I was challenged because the course required me to use a computer and yet my parents could not afford one. I started to help fellow students in typing and editing their research reports and course works using the university computers to improve on my editing and typing skills and also get some income.

The university introduced me to the use of technology and it has become something I can’t live without. After my course, I bought for myself a computer and which became my best friend, source of income and entertainment. I then opened up a stationery shop where I installed computers and printers. Here I helped students to access computer services like internet, typing and editing, printing and photocopying and learning how to use a computer for those who had the same experience like mine.

For me, internet became a source of information and knowledge. Whenever I had a problem or a question I ran to the computer. I got information from Google used social media, and many other resources to look for whatever information I wanted.

In November 2017 my elder sister Ann called me telling me of how she was dying, I decided to go back to the village to check on her. When I reached, I found her in pain, she had been treating her pains from the local clinics with no change, I spent a night in her house, I was sleeping in a different room at around 11pm when I heard her groaning in her room. I went to the door knocked and it was my brother in law who opened. He looked worried and told me “this is what we have been going through for some time now”. I asked him what the doctors had told him exactly, he said they had said she had fibroid. I moved to my sister’s bed, she was clearly going through pain; she was weak and could hardly utter a word. I held her hand made a short prayer and asked her what was paining her, she explained that she had pain in back and abdomen, her were legs swollen and paining too and she told me she gets heavy bleeding even when she is not in her periods. All these had made her lose a lot of weight. I sat with her there for over three hours not saying anything only holding her back, her husband seated on the chair close to the bed looking very helpless. Somehow she went silent and I noticed she had slept. I slowly pulled my hand off her and tip toed to my room. Lying on my bed I couldn’t sleep thinking of how she was, I then got my phone and started searching, feeding in my browser all the signs she had told me. There were suggestions that it could be uterine fibroid, pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) or even cervical cancer. In the morning I talked to her husband on possibilities of taking her to be examined from a competent hospital, he said he didn’t have enough money. I called my mother and told her how I thought it was wise to take Ann to a competent hospital and how that her husband didn’t have enough money. Mom said she would talk to Dad and they contribute toward taking Ann to the hospital. That afternoon my father called Ann’s husband and informed him that he had transferred money to his account for her hospital bills.

Early the next morning the three of us left for the hospital, tests were made and she was admitted as we waited for the test results. Later at night Anna’s husband was called to the doctor’s room and they informed him that they will continue with more tests the next day. The next day it was confirmed that Ann had cervical cancer, it was in its advanced stage and that she would undergo a surgery.

The surgery was carried out successfully and after I went home and they were later also discharged. I kept praying for Ann every day to be healed. After three months Ann passed on, she had succumbed to cervical cancer.

At home, no one had ever tested for cervical cancer, in fact most of us had not known about it, and there it had snatched Ann from us. After a month, I decided to go to the hospital to test for cervical cancer, it was hard, I trembled till when I got my results, thank God they were negative.

 I kept thinking that if Ann and the husband had known about this early, my sister wouldn’t have died. I then decided to fight cervical cancer using what I had and that was my computer and my smart phone. Right now I am creating awareness about cervical cancer through Facebook and I am happy that it’s reaching people mostly the young women who are at a higher risk of getting this disease. I  am also building a mobile App that will help women with all the information about cervical cancer, how to access screening and vaccination services and connecting them with the health centers and clinics where they can get treatment.

Many women have access to smart phones. I want to train them on how they can use their smart phones to know about their health.

 

This story was submitted in response to Girls in ICT Day.

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Seka
Apr 30
Apr 30

Dear Agnes,
Welcome to World Pulse and congratulations for the interesting story. You are brave, the world needs people like you. Thank you for this application that you designed to help women know their health.
May God bless you more.
Seka

nyamwizaagnes
May 01
May 01

Amen, thank you so much for your kind words.

Jill Langhus
Apr 30
Apr 30

Hi Agnes,

Welcome to World Pulse:-) Thanks for sharing your sad, but powerful story. I'm so sorry to hear about your sister:-( How horrible. I love the idea, however, that this unfortunate event has driven you to create an app that will help prevent this disease for other women and that you're also spreading awareness around it, too. I'm looking forward to seeing more stories from you about your initiatives and projects around this.

Hope you're having a good day.

nyamwizaagnes
May 01
May 01

Thank you mom, I am happy to be a part of World Pulse and will continue sharing stories about my initiative.
I hope you are having a good day too

Jill Langhus
May 01
May 01

You're very welcome, dear!
We're happy to have you here:-)
Great to hear!
Yes, thanks!

Beth Lacey
Apr 30
Apr 30

Welcome to the World Pulse Community

nyamwizaagnes
May 01
May 01

Thank you Beth, am glad to be here.

May 01
May 01
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CATHIE
May 01
May 01

Hello my dear,
Welcome to world pulse! Thanks for sharing with us your heart touching story, you are very strong and powerful! Courage, love and blessings with your awareness project. Looking forward to hearing more of your powerful stories!

Blessings,
Cathie

nyamwizaagnes
May 01
May 01

Dear Cathie, thank you for welcoming me, I will surely continue to share about the project, love and blessing to you too.

Z.Elias
May 01
May 01

Welcome to world pulse, I like so much how you dealt with the tragedy of your sister to create something amazing which is preventing others thanks to the ICT.
Keep going!

nyamwizaagnes
May 02
May 02

Thanks Z.Elias, no one should die because of this killers yet its preventable.

esther atosha
May 01
May 01

Hello,
WhatsApp an inspiring storry.Welcome to Wp community !

nyamwizaagnes
May 02
May 02

Thank you Esther.

Ndongmanji Eunice
May 02
May 02

Hi Agnes,
Want to appreciate your bravery to tell us about what happened to your sister. It takes a brave person to do that. May God grant you the strength to keep creating awareness and empowering other girls and women, and the population at large.
Kind regards

nyamwizaagnes
May 02
May 02

Amen, thank you so much for appreciating.

Hello, Agnes,

Welcome to World Pulse! I am touched by your story, teary-eyed to know that you lost your sister. I'm so sorry. You did your best. You saved her a few moments because you researched online. I'm proud of you. Thank you for raising awareness on cervical cancer and on health in general. May you help more women on the prevention side. Thank you for sharing, and please keep posting!

nyamwizaagnes
May 06
May 06

Thank you sister Karen,it was a bad experience for that every time i keep thinking of how i can save women from this silent killer. I will surely keep posting.
Smile :)

You're welcome, sister Agnes. This goes to show how big your heart is, and how brave you are to answer that call to help others. Looking forward to more of your stories then! :)

Tamarack Verrall
May 07
May 07

Dear Agnes,
Welcome to World Pulse and congratulations on your first story. What moves me so often on World Pulse and in so many ways through your story, is the generosity of heart that shines so brilliantly in you and world pulse sisters like you, who describe a not easy journey to technology, only to quickly turn around the access you have achieved, to help so many others. I am so sorry to learn of your sister's struggles with cervical cancer leading to her death. What a tribute to her, you action to try to save her and then to build a wide network of knowledge online for women to hopefully better prevent and/or treat this disease.
In sisterhood,
Tam