Sickle Cell Warrier

Natasha Kashito

I’m Natasha Kashito age 28, I was diagnosed with SCD at 3 months old, type ss. I have 2 siblings one of them is a warrior too. I was in and out of hospital most of my younger years and I missed out on school a lot, I used to be admitted for 2-4 weeks at a time depending on how severe the crisis was. When I was in grade 7 it was so bad that I used to carry an oxygen tank with me to school. I didn’t know what I had so I let people’s ridicule get to me, the bullying was so intense I tried to commit suicide twice. But when I got to high school it started getting better and the hospital visits reduced, I learnt how to manage myself and take care to avoid having crisis, 1st year at university on my 1st day I told my story to my whole class and so many people walked up to me to tell me of their loved ones who had SCD and they asked for my advice on how I manage it, that was the turning point for me. I knew if I shared my story I could help so many out there like me and last year on world sickle cell I went live on radio and told my story and now I reached a bigger audience .. I decided to be a voice for the voiceless. And I’m grateful I’m alive today to advocate for my fellow warriors