Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore on Wednesday night time lastly broke his silence on the unusual blood cancer that saw him keep out of the biggest Telecommunication Organization for a interval of 9 months 2 weeks.
Mr. Collymore, who was identified with Acute myeloid leukemia (AML), laid bare intimate details of what he went by way of, through a time period that can be explained as one particular of his most affordable.
Talking throughout an job interview on JKL, Collymore mentioned that even though he was not shocked when analysis revealed that he had AML, he was upset when the health professionals explained he experienced to undergo treatment for 6-9months.
Remaining the Safaricom’s CEO he was concerned about being out of the company’s functions for these kinds of a very long time.However, had he not been identified early, Collymore says that he would not have manufactured it for very last year’s Xmas.
“When I was ultimately diagnosed in London, the health practitioner told me that I possibly experienced it for about 6 months. Getting diagnosed with most cancers for me was not this sort of a big offer and a good deal of persons appears to believe that is a little bit peculiar.
“But I was really upset when they explained to me that it was heading to take 9 months. I was like are you mad? There is a company that has to be managed back at property and a family to take care of,” he claimed incorporating that his ex-spouse and sister were also diagnosed with most cancers.
“It would have killed me if I was not identified early. Because AML gets to be lethal within just months and thirty day period. It would have killed me by Christmas, I would have been ex-Safaricom CEO,” he said jockingly.
While Collymore required a speedy treatment method so that he could get back again to Kenya to carry on with functions at Safaricom, health professionals warned that this sort of a route will see him relapse.
“If you go home I can warranty you that in six-thirty day period time, the most cancers will back again and it will be worse than when you arrived right here and I would not be ready to set you in a healing programme,” the medical professional instructed Collymore when he instructed that he preferred to go through a speedy treatment method in London.
In the course of the procedure period of time Bob as he is fondly referred to invest a ton of time in isolation. He reveals that he was in a detrimental tension room where his wife Wambui only frequented two instances a working day donned in protecting gears.
“I was trapped in the space for 7 weeks. In the course of this time I was pondering a whole lot and reading. I was also operating with my group by facial area time,” he said.
Mr Collymore’s medical professionals are at present carefully monitoring him and though on his road to restoration, the Safaricom boss divulged that he will not be equipped to go to social gatherings because of his small immunity.
“I need to have to keep absent from social gatherings, parties, buffets because my immunity is at zero so I am vulnerable. All the immunity I crafted in my 60a long time is gone. I also require to continue to be away from youthful small children. My medical professional also informed me that I are unable to go to Mombasa,” he explained.
Collymore added: “people require to have an understanding of that I am not striving to be offensive.”