Mercy Johnson Okojie, a Nigerian actress, has talked publicly for the first time about her battle with cancer, her life-changing operation, and the accompanying prescription of lifelong medications.
On the most recent edition of her cooking show on YouTube, she had a really enlightening conversation with special guest Joke Silva.
Mercy Johnson questioned Joke Silva about the health of her husband Olu Jacobs throughout the talk, which sparked a discussion about Mercy’s own health issues.
Just six months after giving birth to her fourth child, Mercy disclosed she had a cancer scare. Her words are:
“… Odi [her husband] and I have actually been here and I have never discussed it where we had, like uhm, a scare. I had a cancer scare in quote and I had like my thyroid removed. And it was like a journey for us because we had kids.
My last was six months at that time and then we kept on saying “okay, we have to understand that this is the new us, let’s go get the surgery done”. And then we got there, they said I was going to be on medication for the rest of my life and it was a reality that we had to sit down.
You know, them giving me a timing and telling me you can’t miss your medication. Once you wake up that day, that’s the first thing. Telling me all of the side effects. So I’m reconciling with this you’re saying, it’s the truth. At the point you realize this is where we are, let’s grow from here, let’s live in this comfort zone.”