Observing through the pain – A Short Story

Always planning – a key strategy when you’ve chronic illness.

Sickle cell crises is the most terrifying, stressful and painful period of individuals with the disease. During this period, person is unable to think, act and observe any situation properly, only few people try their best not to break into tears during this period, even adults. Today we’re looking at the benefits of focusing and observing the situation (pain) at the time of crises.

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Who am I | Identity

on a sunny breezy easy day this summer, a walk in the park is totally ideal and not uncommon for me. Little did I know I was going to be questioning some of my decisions over the past 25 years. While pondering, a lot of the questions surrounded my thoughts, mostly around Identity. This led me to really questioning who I was, however, this is not new to so many people like me. Because, its something we have to answer all the time.

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The power of Community

Community a word that describes people with similar beliefs values or shared goals. An African proverb says ” it takes a community to train a child”. Although we continue to learn, during the early formative years of a child we pick up habits based on what influences us. This include our parents, siblings, peers, teachers, music , food and arts. As we grow older we have the freedom of choice, feel the need to be responsible and may choose to drop or pick up new behaviours. Alex Bandura refers to the former form of learning as the social cognitive theory which basically tries to explain how a child learns new behaviours.

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This Month Discussion – No. 01: Visual Impairment in Nigeria

The Topic of the Month (TOM) is visual impairment in Nigeria from employment standpoint. Living with visual impairment or/and any kind of impairment is a challenge in most African nations, but in Nigeria it’s a different kind of challenge. Last week, I was talking to a friend and brought up this topic and his first respond was ‘’those that aren’t impaired, don’t have a job. What make you think those that can’t get around without aid, can get one?’’.

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Questions People with Disabilities Don’t Like Being Asked By Strangers.

Being disabled comes with a lot of challenges, stigma, pointing fingers or head gestures, misinterpretations, weird eye contacts among others. These things are common and I’m used to it, the only thing that I find irritating and annoying are the useless questions people asked most of the time. Someone will ask me, what happened to your leg? Why are you walking like that? Doesn’t it pain you, The way you walk? Why can’t you use a mobility scooter or I think a mobility scooter will be better for you and easier.

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I was looking for an e-book to read when I come across ‘’the story of my life’’ written by Helen Adams. She was the first deaf-blind person to earn a Bachelor of Art (BA) degree in the United States and probably in the world – she and her teacher Anne Sullivan were made famous because of Keller’s autobiography. The autobiography book is ‘’the story of my life’’, she goes in detail about how she accomplishes these dreams of hers with the help of her teacher.


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