Former Machachari actor Ian Nene popularly known as Almasi opened up about going into depression after his mother was diagnosed with deadly cancer disease.
Actor to the former actor, the news about his mother’s disease broke him up, he didn’t want to believe that his mother has single-handedly raised him after his dad disappeared and had cancer.
He decided to seek solace in drugs.
“I got home and then my mom sat me down and she was like Ian I have something to tell you…so I went to the hospital and the doctors had a scan and they checked me out and they told me I’ve got Cancer, and then she was like it was breast cancer but then it’s reached stage four so it’s moved to my lungs and I was like ‘oh my God’… and I got so depressed,” he said.
“I’m a Mama’s boy, my mom raised me single-handedly, and my father was never really around in my life. And soon as something like that really comes you literally think of the worst. She’s gonna die, then what? So I decide to numb myself by getting higher and higher, but then I was also at the same time inquiring higher and higher. While I was in my room, I just asked God if you truly exist in this world why do you allow bad things to happen to good people, and I was like my mom’s here, she like serves everyone. My mom just doesn’t serve me and my sister and my younger brother or like our nuclear family but serves even other people outside the community, she likes to help very many people and she’s the one getting Cancer?” he continued.
He said that while he was questioning God a lot, He began on exploring religion and one of his friends introduced him to Hinduism and took him to the temple.
He said that while they were in the process of looking for solutions, they received very satisfying solutions.
“Stephanie invited me to the temple. I went and I started learning about it. This was in Nairobi because we have a temple there. They were answering all my questions deeply, you know, and like nothing was washy about faith but like scientifically about how God is maneuvering this world and how he’s within this world and he’s without it. It was a lot of technical science. I knew there was knowledge beyond our understanding and was always inquisitive above the universe,” he added.
Being raised in a Christian family, he narrated how his close family members and friends embraced the religious path he had chosen to pursue as a monk.
“I remember my mom’s face when I was coming from the temple and she had told me not to go to the temple again. I came in with some books and I had them hidden under my sweater thinking that she’s not going to see me anyways, I’m just going to run up to my room,”
“And then I got to the door and I opened the door, and she saw me and she was like ‘where are you from’ and I said ‘I was just with a friend.’ And the books started dropping one by one from my shirt, and she looked at me and was like ‘oh my God really these guys have really brainwashed you, they’re changing my son,’” he concluded.