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.