Campaign Update

Encouraging Sickle Cell Warriors to Explore Nature's Amazing Pharmacy.

ARREY - ECHI
Posted August 3, 2018 from Cameroon
A partial view of those I spoke to at the Sickle Cell Clinic on how we can build our blood supply naturally.
One of the blood tonics I made. I use beet roots and a blend of many tropical fruits such as watermelon, pineapple, oranges etc and named it beetroots tropical blend. I shared this with the group amongst others during the clinical seesion.
One of the blood tonics I made. I use beet roots and a blend of many tropical fruits such as watermelon, pineapple, oranges etc and named it beetroots tropical blend. I shared this with the group amongst others during the clinical seesion. (1/1)

There’s something that usually always comes to mind when people hear sickle cell anemia. There are still a lot of people who believe those of us who live with sickle cell cannot live without blood transfusions and as such, they make it seem like our lives are more like those of a modern day vampire, who must need blood to survive.

I have gone through the transfusion process and it was never a good experience for me. Maybe it helped keep me alive but it also came with a price; the frequent transfusions left my immune system weak, prone to infections and many allergies which still affect me till date.

As I grew older, a lot of things happened which made me to start thinking about alternative ways to blood transfusion. I wanted to be alive, but I didn’t want to be alive dependent on blood transfusions. The big question was how was I going to break through this notion that we as sickle cell warriors needed blood like oxygen to stay alive? How was I going to keep the doctors from constantly telling my mum they needed to transfuse me each time I went to the hospital? This was when my adventures with Mother Nature began. I started exploring Nature’s amazing pharmacy and in the process, discovered a lot of ways I could keep my blood up naturally. I also learnt that doing so on a regular basis kept my blood up and thankfully, has been able to help me stay transfusion free for more than 20 years and being healthy and stronger in the bargain. These adventures in discovering nature’s amazing pharmacy was the focus of my discussion during the last Sickle Cell Clinic I participated in as a peer educator on July 21, 2018. I shared with the warriors and their parents present some of the things I have been doing for all these years which has kept my blood count constantly up and which has made me keep wishing I never truly have to face the “we need to transfuse her” line for as long as I live. I emphasize the need for parents and warriors alike to make it a regular feature of their everyday diet… good eating habits, leaning more towards vegetables, fruits as opposed to fast foods; getting into an adventurous mode and exploring what wonders nature has in store for us in building our blood count up.

As a bonus point, I even told the mothers present, who were busy scribing away that they can use that as an opportunity to empower themselves financially. For instance, sharing some of my recipes for blood tonics and seeing how it helps their warriors can actually motivate them to help others and in the process make some money which could in the long run, help them cover some of the financial weigh of caring for a sickle cell child. And the good thing is, these products are affordable and virus free. It all boils down to being daring to try new and positive alternatives to health care.

The clinic ended well and everyone was happy. Another warrior took it upon himself to translate into French, ensuring that everyone present followed and benefited from the discussion. The group which cut across French, English and Muslim was an interesting and interactive one which I hope also ended with a strong take home lesson for the warriors and their parents to empower themselves as they explore Nature’s amazing pharmacy.

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jlanghus
Aug 03, 2018
Aug 03, 2018

Wow, Arrey. Thanks for sharing your informative and amazing story with us. I knew that nature's pharmacy was powerful but this took my understanding to a whole new level:-) We really can heal ourselves with whole foods and other natural modalities, if need be. Do you condone organic produce, or is the produce that you have available to you already mostly organic?

I love that you're able to teach all these other people how to heal themselves, too. What a great gift you have, spreading love, health and wellness. Hope you're having a great day!

ARREY - ECHI
Aug 04, 2018
Aug 04, 2018

Dear Sis Jlanghus, Always so glad to read from you. Yes, Nature need is rich if we seek to explore. I do natural. I think that's organic. Anything I can get from nature, I rather take it than supllements for instance and my Doctors have been encouraging me to comsume as much fresh fruits and vegetables as possible as opposed to taking supplements. I am where we say here "nearer to raw materials" lol. I go to the market and get them fresh from the farms, grown naturally and get a feast ;) I always believe sharing what we know uplifts us and empower others. Am doing great, thanks. Been a bit under the weather but ok now. Thanks for asking. Hope you are too.

jlanghus
Aug 05, 2018
Aug 05, 2018

Hi there:-)

Thanks! Yes, natural there is probably organic here. At least I hope so:-) They spray a lot of crops here.

That's great that doctors are giving you the advice they should rather than saying to take a supplement or drug. I'm impressed by that:-)

You're quite right about sharing what we know.

Hope you feel better soon. Yes, I'm well...thanks:-)

ARREY - ECHI
Aug 13, 2018
Aug 13, 2018

Dear Jlanghus, They do spray here too but the natrual ones are more. It requires good know how to tell the difference though. I am still working on that. When I am unsure, I ask the sellers to help me out ;) I feel blessed to have had many Docs who rather keep me healthy on less meds and more nature's pharmacological supplies like I love to say it. This approach has greatly reduced the number of meds I take daily and thankfully, preserving my organs as well. Getting better daily, thank you. Glad you are doing well too. Hugs

jlanghus
Aug 14, 2018
Aug 14, 2018

Oh, yes. Good thing you are asking and aware. Yes, for real:-) It's a very healthy and wise choice, if you ask me. That's awesome. Great to hear!

ARREY - ECHI
Aug 16, 2018
Aug 16, 2018

Thank you, Much love and hugs.

jlanghus
Aug 16, 2018
Aug 16, 2018

You're welcome. Hope you're feeling better now?! XO

Shofali Agarwal
Aug 03, 2018
Aug 03, 2018

Thank you for sharing your wealth of knowledge with us all.  Nature is amazing and what a gift to know how to leverage it to our benefit.

ARREY - ECHI
Aug 04, 2018
Aug 04, 2018

Dear Sis Shofali,

Thank you for stopping by and for the encouraging comment. Nature indeed is amazing if we choose to use it to the full.

Bim Adegbite
Aug 03, 2018
Aug 03, 2018

Thanks for sharing.  Would love to know more about your recipes.  As a sister of a sickle cell warrior I am really interested in your natural blood tonics.  Wishing you continued success in managing your care and helping others along the way.  Warrior you!!!

ARREY - ECHI
Aug 04, 2018
Aug 04, 2018

Dear Sis Bim, Thank you very much for the encouraging words. I sure will keep doing so. I am not very good at writing recipes. However, after each adventure, I do a detailed blog post describing step by step of what I did where need be along with pictorial view of ingredients so that where names are different, others may get the idea from the pictures. I may start putting more efforts into writing recipes just maybe ;) You can check out my articles on natural ways I have used to keep my blood up on my blog here www.joy2endure.com I am sure and hoping something amongst all three articles would appeal to your warrior sibling. Courage to you both and from one warrior to another, tell your sibling to KEEP FIGHTING. Hugs from Cameroon.

Colleen Abdoulah
Aug 03, 2018
Aug 03, 2018

Oh my goodness I so admire your strength, curiousity and determination to find a better solution and to seek it from Nature. How wonderful and powerful. We need to honor and protect nature for the precious gift it is and use nature as God intended it to be used...Keep up the great work you are doing and for being a role model to the rest of us. Hugs and blessings to you

ARREY - ECHI
Aug 04, 2018
Aug 04, 2018

Dear Sis Colleen, Thank you very much for your kind words. We sure do need to honour nature and make good use of what the good God provided. Time and again, it shows that nature has helped many to manage even the most severe health challenges if they do it right. Grateful for that curiosity that made me determined and adventurous. I see the benefits daily. hugs and blessings to you.

Sharon Makunura
Aug 03, 2018
Aug 03, 2018

O wow, this is really great Arrey.  Thank you for being generous with what you have learnt.  So many people discover something and choose to keep it to themselves.

ARREY - ECHI
Aug 04, 2018
Aug 04, 2018

Thank you dear Sharon. That's true and unfortunately, that's why our societies end up losing valuable information. I believe in uplifting self and others through sharing what little I know. Thanks again.

Tarke Edith
Aug 03, 2018
Aug 03, 2018

Dear Arrey

our natural products are always good for blood replenishing it is good that you had that idea so as to spent less on blood transfusion thanks for sharing sister

ARREY - ECHI
Aug 04, 2018
Aug 04, 2018

Dear Sis Edith, You are right, they are very, very good and I am glad that they have helped me come this far transfusion free. Thank you for always reading and the ever ready kind words. Hugs

Beth Lacey
Aug 03, 2018
Aug 03, 2018

I very much enjoy this interesting article.

Beth

ARREY - ECHI
Aug 04, 2018
Aug 04, 2018

I am glad you enjoyed it, Sis Beth. Thank you for reading.

sarah_2
Aug 04, 2018
Aug 04, 2018

Wow.....

Thanks for sharing Arrey.So thoughtful of you!

ARREY - ECHI
Aug 04, 2018
Aug 04, 2018

Thank you too for reading, Sis Sarah

Gladys Muthara
Aug 04, 2018
Aug 04, 2018

You know Arrey, you just inspire me. I truly admire your courage and tenacity to fight on, both for yourself and many others. Right now am thinking "how could we spread all this crucial message you have here to the rest of the world"...but I know the fastest way, for now is to refer my friends to you. I know for sure, with your determination, Love and Compassion, there shall be a breakthrough on the best way to manage Sickle Cell, if not completely eradicating it. You are such a beautiful woman, blessed with so much brilliance and such a good heart. I can only wish you the very best as you continue to educate people and I hope that this goes beyond Cameroon. You are a blessing and a beautiful miracle to the world, please keep spreading that miracle. Much Love and Blessings. Gladys

ARREY - ECHI
Aug 04, 2018
Aug 04, 2018

Thank you Gladys dear, You have been one of the many strong cheerleaders I have had in this journey of discovery and advocacy and I thank you for the love and continuous support. To be sure, for as long as there's life, my wish is that God willing, this goes beyond Cameroon and even if we should succeed in eradicating Sickle Cell...which is a good thing indeed... those like me still living with it will need all the care and ways they can to manage and live positively. Thank you for those you send and keep sending my way. I pray sincerely the little I know and share here from my own personal experiences will inspire them to aim higher and better too. One day, a day a time, the world will get to this and warriors will be better cared for; God willing. Hugs and blessings always, with love,

Arrey

Stephanie Mah
Aug 05, 2018
Aug 05, 2018

Hi sister,

It so amazing, God be your straight. Thanks for sharing this great one.

ARREY - ECHI
Aug 13, 2018
Aug 13, 2018

Thank you Sis Stephanie, Amen to that, May He keep us all going, Thank you. Love, Arrey

Obisakin Busayo
Aug 07, 2018
Aug 07, 2018

Wow! great Job Arrey. Well done and Kudos to you!

Love

Busayo

ARREY - ECHI
Aug 13, 2018
Aug 13, 2018

Sis Busayo, Thank you very much for the kind words. Very encouraging.

Tamarack Verrall
Aug 07, 2018
Aug 07, 2018

Dear Arrey,

This is such important information and good news that you have found natural foods, especially raw foods that have helped you and others greatly. Getting food directly from small farms is the best, and so often small farms do the hand weeding necessary themselves, rather than buy the expensive and dangerous sprays that big farms use. The energy in raw foods is so many times stronger than cooked. You are leading the way to increasing the health of so many people. The foods in your photo are truly power foods. For 20 years I grew organic vegetables on a small farm, and what you say is true. Many got their health back from eating foods that were fresh and raw. Good luck with your work.

In sisterhood,

Tam

ARREY - ECHI
Aug 13, 2018
Aug 13, 2018

Beautiful addition as always, Sis Tam, thank you. That's right big industrial farms use sprays to keep their industries going. The best are from these small farms owned by women mostly who do all the work themselves and they are healthy eating fresh and raw. Thank you. That's an amazing one 20 years. Green fingers you had I must say, helping others in a similiar situation like me take charge of their lives is what I wish for and I pray these little efforts will some day achieve that. Thank you again for the kind words, with love, Arrey

Ngala Nadege
Aug 11, 2018
Aug 11, 2018

Wow !! OMG thanks for sharing sister.I believe all of them have learned how to heal themselves and I have equally learned so much .

ARREY - ECHI
Aug 13, 2018
Aug 13, 2018

Hello Nadege, Thank you so much and thank you for reading. Glad you learnt something too. I wouldn't say heal.. but yes, hopefully, they did learn how to take good care of themselves to ensure they enjoy as good and quality of health as possible.

Ngwa Damaris
Aug 13, 2018
Aug 13, 2018

There is no better medicine than going back to nature:)Less animal products will also help you. I can help out with therapy for a vegan diet 

ARREY - ECHI
Aug 16, 2018
Aug 16, 2018

Hi Damaris, You are right, Nature holds the best. However, a vegan diet is not something I aspire to and I probably would not encourage it for a sickle cell warrior either. In as much as I encourage warriors to eat more vegetables, fruits and whole meals, I do know there are certain animal proteins essential for us which cannot be derived from a strictly vegan diet. Personal choices yes no doubt. If some opt for a vegan life style by all means. But I wouldn't go for that. I may limit intake of meat for instance but not erase it totally from my diet. I just encourage a healthy lifestyle approach with more vegetables and fruits, more water etc. Thank you still.

Ngwa Damaris
Aug 13, 2018
Aug 13, 2018

No better drug like going back to nature:)Animal free diet will also help you.I can help with therapy for meat free diet 

ARREY - ECHI
Feb 19
Feb 19

Hello Sis Damaris, Thank you for the offer. You are right, nature remains the best. However, because proteins are essential for us and animal protein remains the best, we cannot go 100% off animal products.

Thanks again.

Rosylyne Nabaala
Aug 13, 2018
Aug 13, 2018

Life style is the best when you get the best tropical fruits and vegetables is keeping you away from chemistry drugs . Thank you for this. 

ARREY - ECHI
Aug 16, 2018
Aug 16, 2018

You got that right dear sis Rosylyne. Thank you for reading.

Olubee
Aug 15, 2018
Aug 15, 2018

Dear Arrey,

Thanks to God , that you are able to find a cure to shortage of blood in a sickle cell anemia patient,that is innovation and you are a world changer.You have been able to teach others too, to keep strong and healthy.I have also learned from your story which i am going to share with others.Keep up the good work.

Much love

ARREY - ECHI
Aug 16, 2018
Aug 16, 2018

Dear Sis Olubee,  

Thank you very much for the kind words. I couldn't say a cure but yes, I do know exploring nature and being at it consistently does keep our blood counts up and so, away from the need for repeated transfusions. I can atleast attest to this from my own experience. I am glad you learnt something and are going to share with others. Let's keep being the change and impacting others positively. Much love and hugs,  

Karen Quiñones-Axalan
Aug 17, 2018
Aug 17, 2018

Hello, Arrey,

You are resourceful, diligent, creative and more! Kudos to you, Sickle Cell Warrior! 

May doors of opportunities open up for you as you press on for this advocacy! Hugs

ARREY - ECHI
Oct 15, 2018
Oct 15, 2018

My dear Sis Karen, Thank you so, so much for these kind words. Amen to the wishes. All the best and love to you too, Arrey

Chinyere Okoh
Jan 01
Jan 01

You are strong..

I really admire you.

Thanks for sharing

ARREY - ECHI
Feb 08
Feb 08

Thank you for reading dear sis and thank you for the kind words.

Anita Kiddu Muhanguzi

Wooow my sister,

This is amazing. Am going to share with my friends so we are all knowledgeable. Thank you for the great work that you are doing.

Have a great day

ARREY - ECHI
Feb 08
Feb 08

Dear Sis Anita, thank you so much for reading. Glad you found this interesting enough to share with your friends.  I hope they also find it interesting. 

Hugs

Phionah Musumba
Feb 19
Feb 19

Sister, Sister!

Am learning more and more that indeed nature's pharmacy could be the most effective there is, plus a positive attitude toward our health challenges.

Thanks for all you do, dearest.

ARREY - ECHI
Feb 19
Feb 19

Sister Phionah, Glad to have you here today. Thank you for reading and trust you are doing well today. Yes, indeed, Nature has it all. All we need to do is learn to utilise it well. And you are right, a positive attitude is a great medicines as well. Keep on going. Love always.

Phionah Musumba
Mar 08
Mar 08

Love you more, Sista!