“Nothing is impossible and living an audacious life”.-Timi Edwin
I like it when people share their experiences and struggles, it makes us feel more connected to them and that is the power of vulnerability.
My interview with Timi Edwin will definitely inspire you as it did me.
Timi Edwin lives with sickle cell disorder and is passionate about other sickle cell warriors. She is also a film producer and the CEO of a non-governmental organization.
She is the CEO of CrimsonBow Sickle Cell Initiative, a faith based non-governmental organization that seeks to reach out to people affected by the sickle cell condition.
CrimsonBow also seeks to provide physical, financial and medical resources to those living with sickle cell disorder.
Read more about her journey with sickle cell here.
My interview with Timi Edwin
You are the CEO of CrimsonBow sickle cell initiative which has helped thousands of people living with sickle cell and you also run other businesses. I can say you’re a big entrepreneur. How do you balance your health and career?
Timi Edwin: LOL @ big entrepreneur. Thanks for the kind words. What I do is that I’ve stretched myself gradually over the years. At the moment, it seems like I can take on so many things at once, but it hasn’t always been so, so I’d say practice and gradual personal development has gotten me here. Apart from that, I don’t play with my drugs, I take them judiciously. I also have rest intervals where I shut down, but they aren’t usually long as I get bored very quickly. I also try to eliminate anything that affects my mental health, as my health is very connected to my state of mind.
Your advocacy work has gotten you a number of huge features including leading ladies Africa and Bella Naija TV, how does that make you feel?
Timi Edwin: Well, the funny thing is I don’t think much of them. I feel happy when they happen but also have this believe that there is so much more to achieve and do.
Tell us about a time you almost gave up because of your health.
Timi Edwin: There have been many occasions I almost gave up, but my health has hardly been a reason to. I usually see a breakdown in my health as a temporary situation, but for the benefit of this question, I’d say 2 years ago when I was ill quite a lot because of my job, I almost quit my job then when I got frustrated.
Do you have a daily ritual? What does the first 60 minutes of your day look like?
Timi Edwin: My days are very spontaneous but my daily ritual is to say a prayer after I wake up.
Do you have a quote or saying you live your life by or think of often?
Timi Edwin: Nothing is impossible and living an audacious life.
What is the worst advice you see or hear being dispensed to people living with sickle cell disorder?
Timi Edwin: That they can’t or shouldn’t be more than they already are.
Would you rather read a books or watch a movie to relax?
Timi Edwin: Movies please. I use movies to relax.
What book are you currently reading?
Timi Edwin: The Righteous man in power by Kayode Adeniji
Your favorite movie?
Timi Edwin: It’s hard to decide.
Your advice to someone living with sickle cell disorder and thinking life isn’t worth it, and they feel like they’re never going to make it?
Timi Edwin: Please don’t give up on the will to live. We still need you around. Your mind decides your life.
Tell us about the Crimsonbow’s upcoming event.
Timi Edwin: Our next event is an Art Exhibition themed – “Strings Attached”. It’s on the 27th of October, 2019 – 2nd of November, 2019 at Didi’s Museum, 175 Akin Adesola Street, Victoria Island, Lagos. The objective is to show the Sickle Cell narrative via art. The theme is coined from the saying, “no strings attached”, but in this state asking for support for the Sickle cell community.
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