Grace battles colon cancer

CONTRARY to President Robert Mugabe’s wife Grace’s claims upon her return from an extended stay in Singapore six weeks ago that she only had an operation to remove a nagging appendix, close family sources say she is suffering from a much more serious ailment — colon cancer.

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Family sources say about 30cm of her colon (large intestine) affected by cancer was removed during the operation.

Grace, who is Zanu PF Women’s League boss, left the country last week on Wednesday via South Africa on commercial flights.

One of her relatives said this week: “The First Lady needs our prayers. She is very ill. I don’t know why the First family is being secretive about her illness. Zimbabweans would sympathise with her if they knew and they could help pray for her recovery.”

When Grace returned from the Far East on February 15, she said the appendectomy she underwent was the third operation after the first one in 1986 to remove tonsils, and a second one in 1996 for gall bladder removal.

Although he tried to downplay her illness, Mugabe, who is also struggling with old age and health complications, was the first to break the news of his wife’s condition when he returned in January without her after a six-week holiday with his family in the Far East.

However, latest information shows Grace could be suffering from colon cancer, which has forced her to disappear from public life after going to Singapore for treatment.

Close family sources said while in Singapore during their annual holiday, Grace had an operation to remove part of the colon affected by cancer.

A relative said: “The First Lady is suffering from colon cancer. She had an operation while on holiday in Singapore and has gone back there for treatment. About 30cm was removed, but now she is in a bad state, that is why she disappeared from the public spotlight.”

Medical journals say colorectal cancer, as colon cancer is also known, is a malignant tumour arising from the inner wall of the large intestine. The large intestine (colon or large bowel) is about 152,4cm to 182,9cm long and about 7,62cm in diameter and acts as a storage for waste.

Symptoms of colorectal cancer include fatigue, weakness, shortness of breath and change in bowel habits, narrow stools, diarrhoea or constipation, red or dark blood in stool, weight loss, abdominal pain, cramps or bloating.

Once a colorectal cancer forms, it begins to grow in two ways. First the cancer can grow locally and extend through the wall of the intestine and invade adjacent structures.

Second, as the cancer grows it begins the process of metastasis, shedding thousands of cells a day into the blood and lymphatic system that can cause cancers to form in distant locations, such as lymph nodes, liver, abdominal cavity and the lungs.

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13 Responses to Grace battles colon cancer

  1. Nyimo March 29, 2015 at 12:47 pm #

    You don’t know whether to feel pity for her or not. Guess God has his own ways to fight for his people. No peace in the Gushungo clan today. Exodus 14:14 – The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.

  2. Munyaradzi March 29, 2015 at 3:39 pm #

    Mortality’s face is scary especially to those accustomed to invincibility.

  3. Munyaradzi March 29, 2015 at 3:40 pm #

    Mortality’s face is scary especially to those accustomed to invincibility. Anyway humanity calls for well wishes to all.

  4. Komrad March 29, 2015 at 10:34 pm #

    We pray for her Rapid Recovery. Itt can happen to anyone

  5. Peter Mudzinge March 30, 2015 at 1:58 am #

    Pakaipa mhen!

  6. Nzungu March 30, 2015 at 8:51 am #

    It’s Mai Mujuru’s fault! If she hadn’t caused the first lady stress she would not have had colon cancer.

  7. Zims March 30, 2015 at 9:31 am #

    I only pray for people who deserve it.

  8. NP March 30, 2015 at 10:54 am #

    Yes, revenge is for the Lord. Many Zimbabweasns are not happy becoz of these people. However, we should not celebrate when such happens to her lest it comes to you. God never changes.

  9. TOKOWARO March 30, 2015 at 10:59 am #

    Wataura hako NP asi vanhu ava vakatitambudza mhani. They should suffer the same way we did. Sally died in pain Mugabe achifara ne Small house, Grace vachitozvarisana zvavo apa Sally ari in agony. Nhasi Mugabe is globetrotting apa mukadzi achirwara oga kuAsia.
    Time is the great socerer. Every tongue shall confess

  10. tawonezvi March 30, 2015 at 7:29 pm #

    We haven’t forgotten the arrogance, mockery, and seemingly invincible disposition she exuded in those rallies before the equally, puffed up and pompous filled Zany Congress. Suddenly you require people’s sympathy, the same people you treat like garbage! What goes around always comes around. No offence just a reminder!

  11. tawonezvi March 30, 2015 at 7:39 pm #

    God doesn’t just go about healing everybody, there is a requirement. Besides if they really wanted people’s sympathy they would be open and frank about themselves, hiding nothing. Darkness does not like the light, oh how so true. But it’s never too late, the Almighty is always there with arms open to those that are honest sincere and believe in Him. Lord have mercy!!

  12. Rough-justice March 30, 2015 at 8:19 pm #

    The problem that cannot be hid is that this woman stepped on a lot of toes and people are aggrieved and hurt. most recently destroyed people’s livelihoods so she can move in animals and make more money for herself in the process. One would never know if this is an act of witchcraft or just bad luck.I feel for her though may God have mercy on her soul.

  13. Shela Zane March 31, 2015 at 8:21 pm #

    i think i speak for everyone if i say that bob & grace need to go whether its by resignation or death as long as they go

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