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I was placed on medication for life – Mercy Johnson speaks about cancer, her life changing surgery

Mercy Johnson
Mercy Johnson


Nigerian actress Mercy Johnson Okojie has for the first time spoken about cancer, her life changing surgery and subsequently being placed on medication for life.

She had the very revealing moment on the latest episode of her Youtube cooking show where she had special guest, Joke Silva, on for a chat.

During the conversation, Mercy Johnson asked Joke Silva about husband Olu Jacobs’ health, and that led to the conversation about Mercy’s own health struggles.

Mercy revealed she had a cancer scare just 6 months after she had her fourth child. In her words:

“… 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.



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