I am a young man,29 years old living with sickle cell anemia.I live in Nairobi City the Kenya’s capital but was born in Homa Bay County Nyanza province in Western Kenya. Western Kenya and the Coastal areas of the Indian Ocean are leading with highest prevalence of sickle cell disease and sickle cell trait in the whole country.
I was diagnosed at the age of 2 years, since then I have undergone several blood transfusions. Just to narrate a certain incidence that I clearly remember, I was once in much pain for a week and despite being given all the pain meds, the pain wasn’t going anywhere, I found myself yelling at my Doctor “kindly chop off my legs and arms in order to relieve me from the pain, or just inject me a sleeping drug so that I will not wake up again”. The doctor tried to talk to me about the effects of what I was requesting. The doctor tested for my hb and it was 5 after some hours I was transfused and I could not believe the pain was gone! I received 4 pints of blood during that stay in the hospital. I was discharged from the hospital, the hb had now risen to 9 and continued with my normal duties.
Recently a warrior and a stranger to me was in need of blood because his face was swollen and in much pain. I convinced my brother and donated blood to him. I thank God after two days, he was okay and discharged from the hospital. Since then to date we are strong friends with the warrior.
Blood transfusion and donation has brought happiness and the spirit of living positively with sickle cell disease not only to me but also to others like me. It has really changed many lives. I therefore kindly appeal to the public to make a routine of donating blood since it’s needed by many people like me. “Donate blood and save life” my happiness and satisfaction is when all live free of pain. Till my journey ends, I will live to advocate for blood donation for transfusion.