For some reason, there seems to be a lingering question of my origins. Why? What does it matter? I have no idea what the big mystery is. Anyway, to clarify matters, reduce endless speculation, and clear the air; allow me to re-introduce myself.
My name is Tosin Ola. I was born in Nigeria, raised in Nigeria, bred and buttered (as they say), in Nigeria. I came to the United States when I was 4, returned home to Naija when I was 10, and came back to the US when I turned 18. I’m assimilated into the US archetype, but am 100% Nigerian.
I actually have 13 names listed on my birth certificate; and yes, Jennifer is one of them.
Vixen is a nickname, coined from my first blog, which did not talk about sickle cell at all but delved more into the mysteries of dating and relationships. Since I used the same blogger profile when I set up this blog, the pseudonym carried over into this blog.
Sickle Cell Warrior, or SCW, is actually the pseudonym for this blog. I refuse to accept the label of sickler, sufferer or any other name that incites pitying looks and shunned whispers. I do not think that sickle cell is something to be ashamed of, and people with diabetes are not called diabeters…so why should I be called a sickler?