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Book Review: S is for Survivor- Sickle Cell Anemia: My Story- Samira Haruna Sanusi

 

“I realized that imprisonment went beyond being behind bars for crime committed; my condition became my shackles and being confined within the stark white walls of a hospital room became imprisonment for me.”

 

Having underwent 7 years of hospitalization along with several surgeries and treatments, she successfully defeated Sickle Cell Anemia especially through Bone Marrow Transplant (BMT)

With this beautifully written story, S aims at giving hope to the hopeless and creating awareness for couples to first know their geno type before they bring children into this world.

It is to let Sickle Cell Anemia patients know that their situation is no longer unsavoury, but that there is hope. With Bone Marrow Transplant, you don’t have to be a Sickle cell Anemia patient your whole life.

This is first for Sickle Cell Anemia Patients and then for anyone fighting any form of battle.

Born to a couple who had no idea about the Sickle Cell Anemia disease, Samira suffered severe crisis for a long time. She spent most of her teenage years being told what to do/not to do by her doctors because of her illness, she couldn’t continue school like regular teenagers. the result was her eventually settling for an ‘un traditional’ school method.

In the midst of all of these, Samira found a way to make jokes out of certain circumstances surrounding her Sickle Cell Anemia crises. Even when it seemed all hope was lost, she knew she had to be strong.

“They say everything is for a reason, but trials are harder when we don’t know the reason we are being tried.”

For Samira, going back home to her family and old friends was FREEDOM.

The book reminds us to be thankful for little things. Like sunrise/ sunset, air, wind, being able to stand and sit whenever and however we liked.

To you and me, watching the sun set might be insignificant, but to a blind man who is left with nothing but imagination, it means everything.”

“I FELT LIKE MY WHOLE WORLD HAD CRUSHED, I COULD NOT BELIEVE I WAS ABOUT TO GO THROUGH 3 SURGERIES AT ONCE.”

 

“I STAYED THERE, LYING ON MY BACK IN MY URINE FOR HOURS AND WHEN I FINALLY TURNED OVER, THE URINE HAD BURNED AND WOUNDED MY BEHIND AND THE SKIN WAS OPEN, CREATED A BIG CIRCULAR SHAPE THE SIZE OF A COMPACT DISC.”

THE DAYS THAT FOLLOWED THAT INCIDENT WERE TERRIBLE FOR ME. SINCE I WAS IN SO MUCH PAIN TO MOVE, THE NURSES AND MY FAMILY AGREED TO CHANGE MY POSITION EVERY FEW HOURS.

THE ENTIRE PROCESS NEVER TOOK MORE THAN 5 SECONDS, BUT IT TOOK ME MORE THAN TEN MINUTES TO STOP CRYING.”

 

Hey! There are a lot of things you are going through that you think is the height of it all, but believe me when I say that after reading this book, you’d agree that you’ve not even had it half as bad as people like Samira have, but she pulled through. it’s a reminder to absorb the pain and learn the lessons it brings.

Here’s a few lines to drive in my point some more….

“It was my first taste of food in days, and I ate a few more chocolate bars before I realized my plan wasn’t well executed- I had not figured out how to get rid of the chocolate wrappers.

In my confusion, I stuffed them into my mouth and ate them as well.”

 

 

Feeling hopeless and need some uplifting? Here is a message of HOPE. Also because it’s an entirely easy read too. 
Some of you have read Samira’s story, what did you think about it? Would you recommend it?

I’ll love to hear from you!

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