Three days after her birth, our daughter Mariah was diagnosed with Sickle Cell Disease. Sickle Cell Disease causes the red blood cells to have a “sickle” shape. This odd shape means the red blood cells will not function properly as an oxygen and iron carrier. Poor red blood oxygen within the thin blood vessels causes severe pain in the body and many other health problems. Stressful events, poor eating habits, lack of oxygen, not taking the required medication, very cold or hot weather can trigger a pain crisis.
At the age of 4 years old, Mariah had her spleen removed due to sickle cell complications. Mariah will have to take penicillin for the rest of her life. Mariah has spent many days and nights in the emergency room, the hospital and blood transfusions to help her get better. It hasn’t been easy for us financially, even with medical insurance. Our faith in God, family, friends, and generous people like you has kept our family together during these rough times.
My Sickle Cell Story website brings a message of Hope, Love & Faith in God. It is our desire that as many families that are affected by this disease would share their experiences and stories to help bring awareness. To overcome and heal from this sickness everyone’s story must be told and heard. Please share your story, and together we will all overcome!
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