Myth: Sickle cell disorder is a black man’s disease
Fact: Though it is common among Africans and people of African descent, it is not limited to them. It is also found in parts of Asia, Arab Countries and some Mediterranean countries.
Myth: Sickle cell disorder is contagious
Fact: It is never infectious. It is an inherited blood condition meaning it is transferred from parents to offsprings. It is an inherited genetic blood disorder/ disease.
Myth: Sickle cell disorder has no cure
Fact: There is a cure for sickle cell disorder. It is called a bone marrow transplant or stem cell transplant. However, not all persons living with sickle cell disorder are eligible for the surgery. It is also quite expensive.
Myth: Individuals living with sickle cell disorder do not attain age 21
Fact: Individuals living with sickle cell disorder live above the age 21, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70 and above. They can live life long, full and fulfilled. With adequate healthcare and management, they can reach the peak of their lives.
Myth: Individuals living with sickle cell disorder feign the pains; it is not that serious.
Fact: Appreciating the pain experienced by sickle cell warriors (a name preferred) can be very hard. The excruciating pains felt might become unexplainable even for themselves. Some women have opined that labour pain is nothing compared to pain crises at its height.
Myth: Individuals living with sickle cell disorder are immune to malaria.
Fact: Individuals living with sickle cell disorder are not immune to malaria. They are prone to it. People with sickle cell must prevent it at all cost as it is a killer for the young and adults alike.
Misconception: Individuals living with sickle cell disorder are lazy.
Fact: Individuals living with sickle cell disorder can engage in productive activities. They can hold jobs, start businesses, can play and do sports. Like every other person, they should not engage in activities that will affect their health.
Misconception: Individuals can outgrow sickle cell disorder
Fact: Individuals cannot outgrow sickle cell disorder. Not at 21, 25, 30, whatever years of age. Not even after getting married or giving birth. It is a lifelong condition.