World Pulse, Sickle Cell Awareness and me: A story of sisterhood.

Anne-Chantal
Posted October 16, 2020 from Cameroon
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I joined World Pulse some years back following the recommendation of a sister and friend, Yvonne Fomuso ChiCho. 

Though I joined, I still didn't grasp what exactly World Pulse was about or better still I took it for one of those groups on Facebook which you join but there is not much to do apart from like or comment or share the content. So I registered but then that was where my participation ended. But one day I fell on the World Pulse Facebook page and I started following it. It was more of  casual following until that eventful day when I saw an article by my own sister Arrey Echi. I followed the link and it took me to the World Pulse site and I read Arrey's story and left a comment. I continued from there and read more comments and I realised this was not just some site for likes but one where there was genuine encouragement and support.

I went to my own World Pulse page and populated it. I wrote a short bio,  looked for a photo and from there I decided to start sharing some stories of my work on Sickle Cell. I acknowledged I have not written too many stories but those I felt really mattered to me i put up on World Pulse. The comments were heart warming and touching. I met ladies I never knew who looks dme up on Facebook as well and that is how I got to meet Jill Langus and Karen. There was none of my stories tht they didn't react on and the sent to much support and love. The sisterhood bond continued and was crowned with an invitation to attend the just ended Aspire Reinvent Virtual Conference. I was over the moon with a myriad of emotions. To be so remembered, and reached out to left me speechless.

Through out the conference, Jill and I kept exchanging and upon my revelation of the impasse I was in following the début of à New life in France, she told me one of the most kind and supportive words I have ever hear. She said "Let me know how you are doing and if I can help in any way".

I was like this is a lady I have never met, we have shared only on virtual platforms and here she is ready to help me personally, to make me settle well in my new life. 

That made the rest of the Aspire conference a big blessing for me not just because of the great tips and information and networking I did. But because iof the level of sisterly love and support that was so visible among the World Pulse sisters. The wooohooos when Hawwah Gambo and Karen spoke, to the messages on the Zoom chat where World Pulse sisters greeted and identified one another and shared love and support, I felt happy to belong to this group of sisters and I then saw the big picture of the World Pulse sisterhood, one which I had previously not known.

So I mad ea conscious decision to participate in the World Pulse Forum more often, not just in a bid to return the sisterhood love I have so generously been given, but because I know that this is a place where what I write will be seen by this big family I now belong to and my voice will go further.

What more can I say then, oh yes I know!

Thank you World Pulse for the gift of Sisterhood. 

This story was submitted in response to #OurImpact.

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ARREY- ECHI
Oct 16
Oct 16

What a beautiful impact story this is manor. Thank you so much for sharing. Jill and Karen are beautiful souls and they sure do know how to say just the right words to uplift.
Eh, eh, So, Me I had a small part to make this prodigal sister come back to the fold eh? Lol.
I am so glad you are committed to keep writing. It will be great to have another strong voice from good ole pays representing on sickle cell and what a privilege it will be having two blood sisters on this same mission in this beautiful space.

You are right. World Pulse love was so visible. We practically invaded that space in a good way. Sisterhood is World Pulse and that love keeps flowing every where you find us.

So looking forward to read more of your posts. I know the transition is not going to be easy but like the warrior that you are, keep going manor, one day a time.

Much love always

Nini Mappo
Oct 17
Oct 17

I love ' eh eh, so me I had.....' ha ha :) So Kenyan, so Cameroonian, so African! My husband is always teasing me in a good way every time I say 'Me I....' haha, because I am an English major and should know my grammar. So I tell him, 'But me, I am Kenyan' lol

ARREY- ECHI
Oct 22
Oct 22

Nini lol. English Grammar should wait small. Too much Queens is boring :)
I love the uniqueness of our African grammar slangs we throw into the mix. It adds flavour and spice to the speech or writing.
Glad to know we are many and Me, I am not alone lol.
Tell le hubs to let you feel your free haha.
Hope you are doing well today.

Anne-Chantal
Oct 17
Oct 17

Awww, I got caught . hahaha. yes you did help this sister get back to the fold, Arrey , sis. And hugs and hugs for the encouragement. I will go one step at a time, no matter how tough it gets. I know I can do it.
Hhahahah, Nini , sister, we are always using that our .. me, I... well i say its the little something special about us

ARREY- ECHI
Oct 22
Oct 22

Hugs right back at you dear sis and thank you.
Yes, you will get there, one day a time as you say. You sure can do it.
You are right, the little something special about us.
Hugs and love always

Anne-Chantal
Oct 23
Oct 23

Lots of hugs.

Andrace
Oct 16
Oct 16

Hi Anne,
Big hugs. The Aspire Reinvent Conference was fantastic and we're super proud of our two sisters, Karen and Hawwah, who spoke amazingly at the conference. Of course, the camaraderie our sisterhood shared ignited the entire event. Hence, your testimony about World Pulse is very true. By the way, I love the picture you used in this story. Great illustration.

Thank you for the good work you're doing concerning sickle cell. I hope you saw Blessed Child's amazing story recently? You both are awesome and such inspiration! Here is the link in case you missed it:
https://www.worldpulse.com/community/users/japheth-maichibi-blessedchild...

Keep up the good fight with every optimism, Sis. We pray that all warriors would specially receive divine succour now and always.

Love and hugs,
E. J.

Anne-Chantal
Oct 17
Oct 17

oh thanks Andrace. I actually used my avatar.
Yes, the sisterhood bond was so strong during the conference , I was like, oh my , so I am part of this big family. It felt great!
No, I actually have not seen the story by Blessed Child. I would sure take a look. Thank you so much for sharing the link.
love and hugs

Nini Mappo
Oct 17
Oct 17

Hello Anne-Chantal,
It is lovely to read your story of the impact sisterhood has had on you. And yes, Jill and Karen are fragrant with love and care:) I am glad to hear that you feel valued and cared for. I wish you well as you settle into a new geo-social environment. Transitions are sometimes challenging and often have an element of grief, so please don't be alone as you settle and make friends...your global sisters are here for a chat anytime. And I am glad to hear that we'll be reading more from you! I look forward to reading tales of France from an observers perspective he hee ;)

Jill Langhus
Oct 17
Oct 17

Thank you, Nini:-) You rock, too! XX

Anne-Chantal
Oct 17
Oct 17

Awww, thanks a gazillion Nini, sis.
I won't fail to hollar.
And I will keep that writing coming.
hugs

Jill Langhus
Oct 17
Oct 17

Hello Dear, Anne-Chantal,

How are you doing? What a beautiful testament to the power of sisterly love and World Pulse:-) I hope you're doing well and having a good weekend, dear. Thanks so much for the acknowledgement, and kind words, too.

XX

Anne-Chantal
Oct 17
Oct 17

Dearest Jill,
It was my pleasure and again thank you for being there.
Your words helped me a lot.
I am fine, marking time in curfew France :-)

Jill Langhus
Oct 19
Oct 19

Hello there:-)

You're very welcome.

I'm glad to hear it! XX

SIMON MUREU
Oct 19
Oct 19

the words are there for all toread , What a great story,than you

Anne-Chantal
Oct 19
Oct 19

Thank you so much Simon.

Hello, dear sister Anne,

This is such a lovely post about World Pulse. I feel so honored you mentioned me in this post. You are a great writer and storyteller so I'm excited to read posts from you. It took me a while to comment here due to the preparations for the Aspire Conference, and a series of World Pulse meetings last week, not to mention our unstable internet connection due to the storm season here.

I hope you can join us at our Encourager Party this Friday, dear. Although your avatar is great, we would love to meet you online. Thank you for your encouraging words. Please keep using the power of your voice. You have no idea how many women would be inspired when you do. :)