Global Awareness with Debbie
IS THERE A CURE?
Is there finally a cure?
In desperate quest for a cure to my Sickle Cell
Disease (SCD) some years ago, I stumbled on the
bone marrow transplant as a solution to SCD; this
method would usually involve chemotherapy at a
stage. I imagined it would be a tortuously painful
process. Somehow each time the thought crossed
my mind, peace eluded me. I resolved to stick to
living with the SCD instead of putting myself through
unfamiliar stress or letting anyone gamble with my
life. For me, SCD was enough gambling; a pain free
week almost seemed like a luxury. I know each new
day comes with its own blessings as well as hurdles
to cross, so i remain thankful.
October, 2015, I received quite a number of
text messages, emails and calls from family and
friends, informing me, and somewhat congratulating me on the permanent cure for SCD without chemotherapy; an assumed less painful process using stem cells from a healthy sibling. I was amazed as I only received this much attention on my birthdayso I guess it was another birthday for me; only, one I wasn’t too excited about. So far in my life, it seemedthis was what I’d term, the best news ever; at least, at that moment, that’s how everyone made me feel.
Despite the massive excitements that filled the air, I
was shocked at myself. All I had were mixed feelings.
Instead of reveling in this new liberating information,
my mind was flooded with questions whose answers
I might never ponder long enough to find. Has this
new method worked for anyone yet? How successful
has it been? Is it life threatening? Will it bring about
more complications in the end? What are its side
effects? How serious will these be? How does one
access the treatment? What is the estimated cost
involved? What if there are no siblings whose stem
cells can be used? Can any other person be a donor?
As it is often done in our society, do the wealthy kids
also come first if there has to be some kind of protocol for this treatment? When the stem transplant and the whole proc
immunosuppressive medications for at least a year.
These medications actually break down the efficacysusceptible to all forms of infections.
After giving this whole new process some thought, I
decided to look at the bright side. With this new cure,
SCD might be completely eradicated someday. It means SCD is nlt completly forgotten by national, and even the international policy makers. It means we have people out there still fighting for a remedy to SCD.. It means we can laugh heartily and genuinely someday, totally crisis-free. It means we
should never throw in the towel, we need to fight on
and keep on the faith because there is a breath of
fresh air. I get excited when I think of the new process
in this manner and I am resolved to keep my hope
alive. Yes, there might finally be a cure for SCD.