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Iyanu Tinubu Is Determined To Live In The Moment And Not Let Sickle Cell Define Her


Like many sickle cell survivors, Iyanu Tinubu used to be scared that she could die anytime. For the past 15 years, whenever Iyanu falls sick and is experiencing crisis, she questions God on why she has the sickle cell disease.

Some times, she has asked God to just take her away. However, something changed one day and she decided to accept who she is and intentionally live in the moment.

Read her story below

I AM A SICKLE CELL WARRIOR!! Yes, a warrior! Not a patient cause i have fought and have won.😀😀 For the first time in years, i have the confidence to actually share this.

For the past 18 years, ever since i knew i have sickle cell disorder, I always had this notion that I WAS GONNA DIE SOON. Like every time i am sick, i just pray to God. ” Please take me away instead, this pain is too much for me to handle.” My mum will always cry. My parents felt guilty. I would always question God “WHY ME?? Out of everybody, why me?” For the past 15 years, i complained and i never got an answer. Never complain to God. After a while, i realized that God does everything for a purpose. I know he has a purpose for me and for you too, so don’t grumble. Be patient.


To be sincere, NO.
But there is nothing i can do about it. There is no point being sad or depressed about it.


I don’t know!! i am just always happy cause i am alive.


Hmm, God helps but i also do my part by taking my drugs, regular checkup, doing the right thing etc.
In secondary school and first year in the university, i had this compartment of my bag that was for drugs alone. It smelt like hospital. I was so ashamed opening that part cause i didn’t want people to ask me “Why are you using drugs?? ” Are you sick??” i hated those questions cause i didn’t want to be treated as a weak child.🙃🙃

Obviously i do. I am scared that i might not achieve all i want to do. I am scared that i might not marry. I am scared of being pushed aside. I am scared of being left alone but do i really care?? Not really. I am just living in the moment. I am just looking at where God is taking me to and where life is taking me to. Being a sickle cell warrior doesn’t define who i am and who i am gonna be. So whatever you are going through now doesn’t define you.


Join a community of women living authentically & thriving in spite of life’s pains & pressures!–> @dearyoungnaijawoman





  1. Abisola Taiwo

    Abisola Taiwo

    April 30, 2019 at 8:42 am


  2. Blessing Kodili Mogbo

    Blessing Kodili Mogbo

    April 30, 2019 at 8:44 am

    I feel inspired, and i pray that God will answer u

  3. Aanu Fabusuyi Obembe

    Aanu Fabusuyi Obembe

    April 30, 2019 at 9:03 am

    He is always with you dear…. His grace is sufficient for you

  4. Mmenyene George George

    Mmenyene George George

    April 30, 2019 at 9:06 am

    God your maker will see you through. Amen!

  5. Koko Mije

    Koko Mije

    April 30, 2019 at 9:14 am

    God’s grace will see you through. Stay strong.

  6. Violet Achafu Okonkwo

    Violet Achafu Okonkwo

    April 30, 2019 at 9:15 am

    He will perfect everything that concerns you in Jesus name!

  7. Esomonu Amarachi Lovelyn

    Esomonu Amarachi Lovelyn

    April 30, 2019 at 9:21 am

    He’s persistent in mercies’u might know but he is’keep been strong sweetheart

  8. Talatu Larinde

    Talatu Larinde

    April 30, 2019 at 9:24 am

    The grace of God and His continuous mercy will keep you alive and strong.

  9. Wisdom Able

    Wisdom Able

    April 30, 2019 at 9:54 am


  10. Biola Toksy Akingbuwa

    Biola Toksy Akingbuwa

    April 30, 2019 at 10:02 am

    Gods Grave will sustain you to fulfill destiny.

  11. Olawale Christianah Abosede Alao

    Olawale Christianah Abosede Alao

    April 30, 2019 at 10:27 am

    God grace we sustain you in Jesus name

  12. Shalom Ogbonnaya

    Shalom Ogbonnaya

    April 30, 2019 at 10:31 am

    More Grace to you

  13. Star Chike-Eze

    Star Chike-Eze

    April 30, 2019 at 10:43 am

    Brave child
    May you always find Joy, happiness and be courageous
    More Grace dear

  14. Olubunmi Adekunle

    Olubunmi Adekunle

    April 30, 2019 at 12:04 pm

    You’re heal dear….

  15. John Atlas

    John Atlas

    April 30, 2019 at 12:18 pm

    His grace is sufficient for you believe you are totally healed

  16. Vivian Ajayi

    Vivian Ajayi

    April 30, 2019 at 1:53 pm

    May your healing remain permanent. In Jesus name (Amen).

  17. Oly Merit

    Oly Merit

    April 30, 2019 at 2:17 pm

    U are healed in Jesus Christ name Amen.

  18. Ifeoma Lilian Nnama

    Ifeoma Lilian Nnama

    April 30, 2019 at 3:55 pm

    You are healed ijn

  19. Hadiza Saleh Idris

    Hadiza Saleh Idris

    April 30, 2019 at 5:02 pm

    It’s well with you dear

  20. Chinwenma Perfect

    Chinwenma Perfect

    April 30, 2019 at 5:16 pm

    My dear happiness is the key to healthy life..feel free and socialize it will help

  21. Akinloluwa Tobiloba

    Akinloluwa Tobiloba

    April 30, 2019 at 7:33 pm

    It is well with u darling, ur healing is permanent

  22. Sarah Adeyinka

    Sarah Adeyinka

    May 3, 2019 at 6:48 pm

    His Grace is sufficient for you, b/c by His stripes, you are healed. Do not lose hope. Pray and Praise Him always. Amen.

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