For the last few days, reports that the late Bomet Governor Joyce Laboso was slowly losing her battle against cancer spread across the Kenyan blogosphere.
Laboso’s illness was a closely guarded secret with all friends and family members doing everything possible to keep her ailment away from the public.
Even after her death, the family and the leaders who spoke at the Lee Funeral Home only mentioned that she died of cancer but not specifying the type of cancer that had claimed her life.
A source at the hospital stated that Laboso has been battling ovarian cancer since 1991 — which means that she has lived with the killer disease for approximately 28 years.
Ovarian cancer can be very difficult to detect and diagnose, as many of its symptoms are similar to those caused by far less serious problems, like indigestion and bloating.
There are often no signs or symptoms of early ovarian cancer, and some cases aren’t diagnosed until the cancer has already spread to the abdomen or another part of the pelvis.
“As it has been mentioned, She has actually suffered for a long time but we kept it under wraps because she did not want it to deter her duty and all the things she has been working on, ” said Laboso’s husband Edwin Abonyo.
Abonyo further asked everyone to reciprocate Laboso’s strength by being strong for her during this difficult time.
Laboso leaves behind a husband and three children.