A high school teacher hailing from Kimilili in Bungoma County found herself in a distressing situation, contending with both rejection and joblessness due to a rare skin ailment.
Nancy disclosed that she has been abandoned by her friends, and even her father, who initially supported her medical journey, has relinquished his support.
In an exclusive conversation with Citizen Digital, Nancy recounts her recent experience of being turned away and having her employment contract terminated once her employer learned about her Atopic Dermatitis—a condition characterized by dry, itchy, and inflamed skin.
Nancy, a secondary school teacher specialized in English and Literature, had secured a position at an international school in Tanzania. Eager for a positive change in her life, she embarked on her new role in Tanzania.
Regrettably, upon arrival, the school administration discovered her condition and promptly rescinded her contract, citing concerns about potential risks to students and colleagues.
“My condition is not communicable, but the school terminated the contract I had signed because they felt I was a danger to students and other people around me. I had to return back home to my family,” Nancy tearfully expressed.
This unfortunate pattern has persisted in her life since she first fell ill in 2011 during her second year of high school. Initially affecting a single joint, the condition has since extended to encompass most parts of her body, subjecting her to discrimination wherever she goes.
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Nancy has undertaken extensive medical treatment, which has taken a considerable toll on her well-being. As a single mother, her child’s father departed when her condition persisted. Despite this, she remains with her child and siblings, ensuring that the disease does not affect them.
Nancy is now appealing to compassionate individuals to provide assistance so she can access the treatment required to combat her condition.