Popular Nigerian musician, Adekunle Gold has shared his reason for asking God to take his life when he was 20.
The 35 year old musician made this disclosure in a lengthy letter to his fans , on Friday, July 15, where he recounted all he passed through for being born with Sickle Cell Anemia.
”I was born with sickle cell disease. It was life and death , it was physical, mental, financial, you name it and I went through it all. It was tough, painful and frustrating. I lived with a sickness no one around me understood , I lived with restriction all my childhood.
The nights were painful and lonely , nights that no one could help me get through . It was just me, God and my mind. The pains and shivers were unbearable. They always came in the night, when my family had no means to transport me to a hospital. We simply couldn’t afford the constant hospital bills so I had no choice but to endure the pain.
Living with sickle cell is far from living a normal life. One of the most intense crisis I had was at the age of 20. I remember laying in my bed in the middle of the night asking for an end to it all. I begged God to take my life away because I couldn’t understand what I did to deserve the pain my body and mind was under.
As usual with sickle crisis after some days , the pain subsided and God asked me; “ That end you begged me for , do you still want it?” Of course I said no and that’s when everything changed for me. That’s when I realized that I had been given another opportunity to live my dreams and to show those that mocked me that sickle anemia was never going to end me , that it was never going to hold me back from my dreams and aspirations.
My body caves in once in a while, some symptoms come back but what this diseases has taught me is resilience. Sickle cell anemia gave me hope, made me tough , gave me the discipline I needed to be who I am today , built my character. I mean I went through a whole 5 weeks of back to back performance and didn’t fall sick.”
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