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A World Without Sickle Cell is a fictionalised narrative by ace sickle cell activist, Peace Adetoro.
A world without sickle cell is a fictional romantic novel, which highlights the effects of sickle cell anaemia. This novel creates awareness about the importance of the choices people should be making before marriage. Lola’s tragic story is heartbreaking and when it feels like she is about to find happiness, tragedy strikes again. Will Lola ever find happiness? She believes that she has been cursed.
Judy Gray was four when the pain first struck. As mysterious as it was excruciating, Judy’s anguish confounded the local doctor, who advised her mother to apply liniment. It was not until Judy was a teenager that another doctor informed her aunt of the real cause of Judy’s agony – something called
sickle cell anemia. The social mores of that time, however, dictated that adults discussed nothing of substance with children. So Judy learned little about her ailment other than it could cause her to die. A frightened Judy simply put sickle cell disease out of her mind and suffered in silence as she went on with her life. Readers will follow Judy’s journey through college, a teaching career, a short-lived marriage, and the raising of a daughter while enduring severe pain episodes.
‘As a medical doctor, I appreciate the research the author made to bring accurate information to the
reader … and the bravery it took to put her life on paper to give others the strength they need to triumph over this very heavy burden.
- Rev Sister (Dr.) Beatrice Azide on I AM A SURVIVOR
Menace In My Blood (Ayoola Olajide) relates the author’s growing up in a vibrant close-knit polygamous family in West Africa, and highlights the difficulties of life under the spell of an incurable blood disorder. The only one among 30 children to suffer from sickle cell anaemia, the author explores the cultural interpretations of a genetic health condition still considered an enigma by medical science. Raised in a large household, he was, at seven, molested by a relative, initiated into cigarette smoking by other relatives and often tagged along to visit a sex worker by yet another relative! As a teenager and in secondary school, he engaged in gambling. Despite the trauma of prolonged absence from school caused by frequent illness and hospitalization, Olajide finished secondary school at 14 years of age, and university at 20. A riveting story of triumph over one of life’s inevitable challenges, Menace In My Blood will keep you up long past your bedtime.
When Gail Campbell Woolley was seven, a pediatrician told her mother that Gail suffered from sickle cell anemia, a rare blood disease, and that she would be dead by age 35. While others may have responded to this horrifying news by descending into a fog of self-pity, Gail went in the opposite direction. She decided to live an eventful, exciting life that ultimately included―despite a troubled home life and the systemic racism and sexism of the late 20th century―academic success, an impressive career, a long and loving marriage, and the ability to leave her unmistakable stamp on every person she met. By the time she finally succumbed to her disease at age 58 in 2015, she had ground that doctor’s words into dust.