The Pulse and its Impact in My Life.

ARREY - ECHI
Posted February 4, 2019 from Cameroon
Flyer of the MEC with me as a Featured Speaker.
Flyer of the MEC with me as a Featured Speaker. (1/1)

I cannot recount my World Pulse Journey without recounting how I found myself here. It was on a January 2016 morning when I logged into Facebook to discover that a sister in whom I am well pleased, who is also a World Pulser and whom we share a passion for good food and creative writing, Precious Meshi Nkeih had sent me a link to register for the Voices of The Future Digital Online Program. I clicked on the link, read through it and was excited. One thing caught my attention and interest – there was no age limit. Age limit has been a stumbling block on most of the online applications I have been interested in and so, this really got to me. I found the outline exciting. However, that excitement died when I read that one of the criteria was to be able to participate in online calls. I told Precious my concerns and she advised I write to World Pulse and see what happens before I give up. I explained that I already did it and waiting for a feedback because I really wanted to participate. I was glad she had a similar thought instead of ‘leave it you’ some would have said.

A few days later, a reply came with the assurance that my hearing difficulties would not be a problem and these words that came with the email weeks after to notify me of my selection for the program has remained true to my world pulse journey… “We are delighted to offer you a spot as a Leader in the Voices of Our Future Training Program!… Congratulations on your achievement. You were part of a very competitive process along with other incredible leaders from around the world. We believe in your vision for change, we believe in your leadership, and we believe in you. We are so pleased to be with you as you take the next step in your journey, and pleased that you’ve chosen to dedicate your time and passion to this intensive training program. We know that it’s going to be an incredible experience!”

I have experienced that believe in me. I have experienced that believe in my vision. I have had that incredible experience which comes with being a World Pulser.  

Talking about believe in me, when I read stories of women across the globe on the Pulse, with their passions and dedication to change, I felt that as women, we are all the same in many ways despite the racial and boarder divide. The challenges that come with womanhood were not limited to one corner of the globe. Yet, I still felt reluctant to talk about my journey because I didn’t see any posts related to my experience. However, I was overwhelmed when my first post on my sickle cell journey received so much positive comments and encouraging words. I was overwhelmed when some sisters after reading my story here, reached out to connect with me also on Facebook and what an incredible experience it has been having these sisters cheering and encouraging everywhere. I was more than overwhelmed when my story was amongst the first to receive the Story Awards and being picked up by TIMES.com. That was a great boost in amplifying my voice, solidifying that believe in me.

I was also moved when Marie-Claire Nabila kuja invited me as a key speaker for her Millennium Empowerment Conference in August 2016 where I had the privilege to meet not only her but also other World Pulse sisters for the first time. That indeed was an experience and what I termed my ‘baptism into public speaking’ as seen on the excerpt of the post I made after that speaking experience… “I shared my story, talking about how I am turning my health challenges into opportunities. How I am looking past those dark clouds to see silver linings. I must admit, my heart went jimjim as I stood before the crowd ready to receive my "baptism" into public speaking, Aug. 2016.”

I launched my “Break The Silence… Be A Sickle Cell Voice” online campaign ahead of planned year because I was given an understanding and compassionate mentor, Debra Engle who saw more than I could see in myself and gentle pushed me to flex my wings and fly. This Campaign has been running on since June 2016 and each year, I get more and more people join me to paint Social Media Red/Black for sickle cell, and equally, have many warriors join me in breaking the slience by speaking out. It has been simply amazing and I am hopeful and looking forward to an even bigger and more impacting season 4 come June 2019. This has all been possible because World Pulse believed in my vision of changing the narrative around sickle cell. I had a vision and plan and just maybe, reached the target I set for myself in my advocacy journey with time; but World Pulse provided the platform which served as a much needed fuel to move faster and make things happen.

I continue to experience this believe in my vision when I recieved my first badge as a vocal contributor,  a badge as a digital change maker and Made a Change Maker , an Encourager and again, a second time story awardee with the potential of reaching policy makers with my story. It has truly been an incredible journey. The participations on zoom calls and the readiness with which everyone is willing to help me get the most out of it has been heartwarming. I am always happy to be in these calls whenever possible and always so moved especially with Corine Milano’s commitment to ensure I am fully engaged, transcripting every thing said. The love I have received, the timely encouraging comments I get each time I share a part of my journey here have equally been huge boosters and because of this, I have encouraged many to join and let their voices be heard.

It is not every day one gets featured as a story awardee. Getting my stories featured twice has been humbling but equally empowering in ways I cannot fully explain. World Pulse has given me a platform where the quiet and observant me uses my keyboard to make my voice thunder and the impact like lightening, swift but lasting. It has given me a sisterhood which all the silver and gold of this world cannot buy and it has molded me to confidently navigate the cyber and real world with my head up and as I press forward in the next big challenges of my impact journey as a change maker, I am always assured that World Pulse is that safe space where no matter how high I fly, I can always come back to rest and flex my wings before flying again.

It is a privilege to belong, to feel the pulse and  to share the love of global sisterhood.

This post was submitted in response to #OurImpact.

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Dawn Arteaga
Feb 04
Feb 04

Arrey thank you for sharing this — I am so grateful you are part of World Pulse.

ARREY - ECHI
Feb 04
Feb 04

Thank you Dawn, for reading and thank you for all you do to make World Pulse safe for every one of us. It is a privilege to belong.
Love

jlanghus
Feb 04
Feb 04

Hello Dear Arrey,

What a beautiful impact post you have written. The last paragraph in particular is so eloquently written. I particularly love your reference to making your voice thunder... indeed, your voice, message and mission are heard and are so important. I, too, am very grateful that you're part of WP, as well, dear. Onward and upward....

ARREY - ECHI
Feb 06
Feb 06

Sis Jill,
Thank you very much. It has been a thrilling experience connecting with you here and on FB. I am always encouraged each time I read from you and feel the love.
Thank you for being a part to making my voice thunder.
Love and appreciate you. Onward and forward, we march on.

jlanghus
Feb 07
Feb 07

Hello dear:-)

You're welcome. Aw, thank you! I've enjoyed getting to meet and chat with you, too.

Very good. I'm glad you feel it...

I'm glad I'm here to help you, and that I've been helping you to rise up:-)

Right back at you, dear! Yes!

Hope you're having a good day!

ARREY - ECHI
Feb 08
Feb 08

Thank you sis.
Yes, the day has been slow but good.
Hugs to you

jlanghus
Feb 09
Feb 09

You're welcome, lovely:-)
Very good. Hope you have a great weekend!
XX

Rahmana Karuna
Feb 05
Feb 05

I too was thrilled when your story was printed in Time. Thank you again, for another beautiful story of your experience here. hugs

ARREY - ECHI
Feb 06
Feb 06

Thank you Sis Rahmana for the kind words. They are very encouraging.
I feel the pulse and love.
Thank you for reading.
Hugs

Nakinti
Feb 06
Feb 06

Yes, Yes, Yes, my sister, you rock! I am glad I got to know you on World Pulse, then on facebook, then in-person, and then you have impacted my life in more ways than one. Keep impacting, sister!

ARREY - ECHI
Feb 06
Feb 06

Amen sis for me. It has truly been a beautiful experience of encouraging and motivating each other. I am so glad I got to meet you here and in person. Keep being the amazon you are and may we keep impacting each other.
Much love and appreciation always.

Marie Abanga
Feb 06
Feb 06

My dearest Arrey,
I just wrote about meeting you recently and then I read your WP journey. Indeed you are a gem, I just love being around you in our respective corners, just getting it and appreciating life in our uniqueness.
I am so happy for you all the progress and badges and all - to think my own World Pulse journey for real started from your home, what a memory and honour.
Keep on sharing and impacting, proud to support your campaign in my own modest way
love always

ARREY - ECHI
Feb 08
Feb 08

Aww thank you very much Sis Marie and bless you for the kind words. I really do appreciate the support and I am glad you are here as well.

Let's keep the impact going.

Hello, Sis Arrey,

Whoa, what a victorious journey you have been! I wonder if WP still have those kinds of trainings. Hope I can apply, too. I agree with you on age requirements.

Wow, Time.com! Kudos, dear sister! And a public speaker, too. You are unstoppable! I believe another feather in your hat will be a book author. Yes?

I hope to meet you someday. I miss you.

ARREY - ECHI
Feb 08
Feb 08

Dear Sis Karen,
So glad to read from you. Miss you too. Hopefully, the book authoring will come to pass.

I believe World Pulse still offers such programs and we will be notified when the next is launched.
Miss you too sis and hoping we will get to meet some day.

Hugs to you and your family.

Yes, it will, Sis Arrey.
That's great to know. I'll definitely join when that comes.
It will be possible, sister. Someday.

Sending the hugs back to you and your family, too.

Tarke Edith
Feb 07
Feb 07

Hi Sorry
Thanks for sharing sister indeed world pulse is a place to be

ARREY - ECHI
Feb 08
Feb 08

Thank you sis for always reading.
It sure is a place to be.
Hugs to you

otahelp
Feb 08
Feb 08

waoooh Arrey its not coming from your background and all the things you have been through on this journey. Am happy you are really feeling your pulse here just like all of us. Thank you for sharing your world pulse journey too. for sure we will get there.

ARREY - ECHI
Feb 08
Feb 08

Thank you dear sis for reading and thank you for the kind words. I am glad to feel the Pulse with you too. Yes, a day a time with the Pulse beating, we will get there hopefully.
Hugs to you.