My cousin Akin has lived with sickle cell disease his whole life. We did not even know we would see the day he would live to be 41 when he was a teenager. This week he had brain surgery to remove cancer, totally unrelated to his sickle cell disease. So blessed to have spent time with him, his wife Seun, and his 5 year old son Kunmi. These three cousins of mine are so courageous – only finding out less than a week and a half ago that the cancer had come back, and a surgery that took place this last Wednesday. Totally amazed he is already back in the comfort of his home, I teased him that he must have just been granted 9 MORE lives.
Kunmi is an intelligent, sweet young man with such energy and a big, big heart. He doesn’t blink at the 41 staples that cover his father’s head. Seun is so there, prepared to do what it takes for her family- they truly amaze me.