I’m Damilola Fatima Ndarabi. I discovered I had sickle cell disease at the age of 5. Ever since, living and coping with it hasn’t been easy. I can recall spending most of my childhood in and out of the hospital, so much so, I once had my exams written on the sick bed. My childhood was fun-free. I had several restrictions and codes of conduct to keep me from falling sick. I could hardly spend quality time with my mates. I eventually got used to solitude. I’m thankful to God for the wonderful family he gave me. Especially my mum, she’s my angel on earth.
I’m a lawyer-in-the-making and I was inspired primarily by my late dad (who was a lawyer too) and secondarily, by the urge for justice and order. If there’s a word of advice I’d like to share, it is that, being a warrior of SCD doesn’t mean we are handicapped. We can always do it, if it’s wanted hard enough. SCD limits me in so many ways, the major part being the fact that I’m quite adventurous. I love to tour and travel, but, considering the war against our red blood cells, I had to erase excess stress.
Whenever I feel like I want to quit, I think of what got me started, and try rekindling the flames of motivation. I experience pains frequently, but, since my drugs aren’t far away, studying goes on. That doesn’t stop me from skipping classes but I’m grateful for the wonderful course mates and understanding lecturers I’ve got. All we need is acceptance. I started having peace the moment I accepted myself as SPECIAL and RARE! I listen to my body, and pray for good health.
[stextbox id=”custom”]Never ever look down on yourself, and never allow it from others.[/stextbox] You are one of the strongest agents of God on earth; never misuse that privilege by listening to the ill-talks of the world. No matter what you are going through with SCD, Always, I repeat — Always stand, walk and Live TALL. Once a warrior, always a warrior!