I am 21 years old and I am majoring in Graphic Design at the Lebanese American University (LAU).
I was diagnosed of having Thalassemia Major at the age of 4 months and from that time on I started having blood transfusion.
Normally, human beings need iron in their blood for its health benefits, but in my case, the excess of iron in my body is due to blood transfusion leads to serious health problems and to abnormal bones development in some extreme cases. Therefore, to overcome this side effect of blood transfusion, and thanks to the medical progress, I am being able to take my oral chelator in the form of pills. I take them every morning and I continue my day as normal as any other person of you...
The two Mcheik sisters, Zeinab born on June 1997 and Khawla on September 1999, in Hadath Baalbek, had their bone marrow transplants in 2006, in Rome.
Born on August 29, 1997 in Debbe-Koura, I was suffering from Thalassemia Major since 3 months age. I was treated at the Chronic Care Center very well: medical follow-up, regular blood transfusions every 3 weeks, iron chelator through a pump 8 to 12 hours daily, vaccinations etc...After my transplant in May 2006, in Italy, I have a normal life, like all my friends. I hope that my brother, who is also thalassemic, get a bone marrow transplant and can be cured like me.