- Paul and Anne Mungai met when they were still in high school and their friendship blossomed to marriage
- All was well until Paul was diagnosed with kidney and liver failure in 2016 and they lost all their friends
- As though the pain of being sick and losing his friends was not enough, Paul's family also abandoned him
- However, his wife did not give up and bravely took up her husband's responsibility of providing for their family
- She also ensured that their children never felt the effects of their father's inability to provide for them
- Through thick and thin, she has stuck by him going as far as hawking on the road just to ensure they were comfortable
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Having a chronic illness can take a toll on even the best relationship as the sick partner may not feel the way he or she did before the illness.
On the other hand, the person who is not sick may not know how to handle the changes and the strain may push their understanding of in sickness and in health to its breaking point.
But for Anne Mungai, who spoke to YEN.com.gh Kelvin Momanyi, sickness was not going to stop her from being the Proverbs 21 wife she is nor make her break the marriage vows she took.
When her husband, Paul Mungai's health started deteriorating in 2016, she was the first one to notice before he was diagnosed with both lung and kidney failure.
Paul's life took a turn when his condition became worse causing him to spend a better part of his time in the hospital and the people he called friends turned their backs against him.
Their families abandoned them too but his wife stuck by him through thick and thin even when there seemed to be no hope bravely taking up her husband's role of providing for their family.
Anne, a librarian, was forced to tap into her entrepreneurial skills when her husband was confined in the hospital and she did not want their children to feel the absence of their father.
In many occasions, after work, she would go to hawk sweets and chapati in Kahawa Sukari estate to provide for their children as she had no one else to turn to for help.
"The first time I hawked I had for a train ride with the kids and I realised there was nobody in the whole train selling anything to eat," she narrated.
"So in the week that followed, I was there at the station with my sweets and other snacks. I went to Naivasha just by selling sweets on the train," added Anne
Although paul's condition was getting worse by the day, that did not break Anne's determination to continue giving him hope in life as she took up all the responsibilities at home.
Even though he regrets falling ill and not being able to cater to his children, one thing he does not regret doing is marrying the woman who turned out to be the best partner he could ever have.
His biggest fear has always been that one day his life will abruptly come to an end and his children will have to grow up with their mother only, something he has never dreamt off.
Anne's determination to fill in the gap and provide for the family is one of the many reason's paul has to keep fighting through his sickness.
"As a person, there are things you would not like your children to see. Like I would not like them to realise that their father can not provide for them," said Anne.
According to paul, there are people who think Anne should have left him and find another husband who would make her life better but she never takes in the advice.
Hopeful, the couple who met back in high school fourteen years ago looks forward to better days as Paul slowly heals, they believe they will one day tell their story as a testimony.
The two lovebirds who met when Anne was in Form Two while Paul was clearing his Form Four and their friendship blossomed to marriage, they had a word of advice for other couples to.
"Before ladies make a decision to marry, they need to be sure because it never goes the way you wish. They need to know that when the marriage is either good or bad they need to stick to it," said Anne.
"Even us as ladies, we feel good when we are served well, so we should do the same to our men when they need us more than we need them. Marriage is a decision ladies need to be sure about," she added.
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