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Why I started this blog…

Hello everyone and welcome to my first blog post….yaaay!!! I am excited….and scared too. I have always wanted to share my experiences with regards to sickle cell with hopes that I can help someone who has a similar story, create awareness and share with others who have little-to-no-idea what people like me experience.

It is for this reason that I have FINALLY decided to start this blog. My fears have kept me quiet for a very long time. I am still scared; trust me. I am scared that by doing this, I am putting my business out there. I am scared that this will begin to affect the way people see me. Every time I think of people knowing that I have sickle cell, I almost always want to refrain from sharing this blog with others. Don’t get me wrong, it is not because I am ashamed, but because I don’t want a pity party.

Believe it or not, sickle cell, sometimes comes with stigma. I have seen how people easily dismiss people who have sickle cell and they tend to assume that we are going to die the next day. I legit heard someone telling my mother (who also has sickle cell) that people like us pop off easily. Pop off? Like really? I was so confused and upset because of the constant reminder that we won’t live long. I know research has shown that this happens but we are still hopeful that we can defy these expectations, besides who needs a constant reminder that your life can be cut short very young?

However, I know that I will not be fully fulfilled if I don’t do anything to raise awareness. I am very happy to use this platform to talk about sickle cell. I am here now because I believe that everyone should know about sickle cell anemia. It is a silent killer and unfortunately does not get as much attention as other health issues such as cancer or HIV. Therefore, I welcome you to my platform as I share my experiences with you.

I am very excited to begin this journey and I can’t wait to share more of my experiences and be a source of support to anyone who needs it. I want to join this fight to eradicate sickle cell because it CAN be done, and this can begin with knowledge. Tell someone to tell someone about it. This type of kokonsa (gossip) is approved. My passion to share about sickle cell as you can see is rather personal so thank you for taking the time to read and explore my posts. I will share a new post every Monday so look out for that! I also invite you to share with me your experiences and ask me all the questions that you may have. So, let’s begin, shall we?

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23 Comments

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    Kay_Astrid
    August 12, 2019 at 4:56 pm

    Good show!!!!looking forward to learn a lot. Education is key..over time, I hope people especially in Ghana will appreciate this and not consider sickle cell anemia a blanket case. All the best.

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      Kay_Astrid
      August 12, 2019 at 4:57 pm

      Learning *

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        Komla
        August 12, 2019 at 6:35 pm

        This is great! Thanks for offering everyone the opportunity to learn from your experiences. Thanks for committing to the eradication of sickle cell anemia. I look forward to reading your posts.

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          vnsmgn
          August 12, 2019 at 7:52 pm

          Thank you so much! I look forward to sharing more with you!

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      vnsmgn
      August 12, 2019 at 5:08 pm

      Thank you very much Kafui!! I hope it helps someone!!

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    M.M Chumbow
    August 12, 2019 at 7:44 pm

    Awwww Mrs Morgan-Nai!!! I am so proud of and happy for you all at the same time!!! I cannot wait to dive into all the weekly readings!!! ❤️

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      vnsmgn
      August 12, 2019 at 7:52 pm

      Awww thank you!! I really do hope that you enjoy it!

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    Ernest
    August 12, 2019 at 8:47 pm

    So much grateful you have started this journey. Great job. God bless you.

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      vnsmgn
      August 13, 2019 at 6:28 pm

      Thank you very much!!

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    Carmel-mary Adie
    August 13, 2019 at 6:52 am

    CONGRATULATIONS Vanny!!!!! So happy for you/proud of you!! I know this has been a goal of yours for a while & I’m so excited you’ve decided to share your journey with us. Looking forward to reading & learning!!

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      vnsmgn
      August 13, 2019 at 6:28 pm

      Awww thank you my dear Carmelita!!

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    Lilian
    August 13, 2019 at 4:08 pm

    Inspiring!

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      vnsmgn
      August 13, 2019 at 6:28 pm

      Thank you!!

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    Msfreddiejay
    August 15, 2019 at 9:42 pm

    I think we don’t talk enough about SC Anemia and consequently it has been watered down and remained invisible in our society even though it is still a big deal especially to black people as we are predominantly affected. I love this blog and I hope that we are able to create awareness and highlight the importance of starting the conversation around SC Anemia. Thank you Vanessa. You have all my support!!!

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      vnsmgn
      August 16, 2019 at 2:35 am

      Thank you so much Frederica! I appreciate your support!

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      Richard
      August 19, 2019 at 4:55 pm

      Good job Vanessa! You’ve come a long way. I’ve been so educated despite thinking I new just enough about sickle cell. Thank you. Way to go!

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        vnsmgn
        August 19, 2019 at 5:26 pm

        Thank you so much! I am glad that I can give you another perspective.

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    Faustie
    August 16, 2019 at 11:26 am

    I have so much to write in admiration of your blog Vanessa but I will be succinct- thanks for sharing hope and love through your realities! May God give you the grace and strength to see this project through every week as desired .

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      vnsmgn
      August 18, 2019 at 1:18 pm

      Awww…thank you so much! I receive it all!

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    Doreen Tutera
    August 26, 2019 at 7:31 pm

    Thanks Vanessa for this eye-opening piece!

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      vnsmgn
      August 26, 2019 at 11:53 pm

      Thank you, Tutsy!

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    Eve
    August 27, 2019 at 8:27 am

    This is amazing Nessa! Subscribed!

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      vnsmgn
      August 27, 2019 at 9:35 am

      Aww thank you so much Eve!

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