In line with this year’s World Red Cross Day theme, “Everywhere for Everyone”, we pay tribute to the people who work tirelessly behind the scenes to advance our cause.

In this feature, we highlight the diverse work of our employees and volunteers. Even as we serve humanity and save lives, we are also enriched by being a part of this Red Cross family.

Thalassaemia is a blood disorder, with which, a problem occurs in the formation of protein chains (alpha-globin and beta-globin). This leads to the red blood cells not being formed correctly and thus unable to carry oxygen. Thalassaemia patients may experience fatigue and weakness. Source: https://www.healthxchange.sg/children/baby-0-24-months/thalassaemia-inherited-blood-disorder

We asked Kymn Yee, Vice-President of the Thalassaemia Society (Singapore), to share with us about her daily life living with Thalassaemia.

What is your daily life like?
My day-to-day life is no different from yours. I go through the same routine and daily grind like most people do. I work as hard as my colleagues and, of course, play hard too. The only things out of the ordinary are the medication and nightly injections I have to take.

What are some challenges that you meet in your daily life?
The nightly injections. I leave it in me overnight for about 18 hours. The motivation to do it nightly is very low, which is why, it's only physically possible to do it 3-4 times a week. This medication helps to get rid of the excess iron accumulating from the regular blood transfusions I get. I tried taking an oral-equivalent medication previously, but I had a bad reaction. So unfortunately, I cannot take the easier option.

How often do you receive blood transfusions?
I do it once in every 3 weeks.

Tell us more about yourself.
Being an avid scuba diver, a passionate yoga practitioner, and someone who has scaled the mountains of Himalayas twice, I certainly feel a great sense of achievement. However, all these accomplishments would not be possible if not for the blood you gave. Thank you for your generosity in giving the gift of life.

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