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
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