National Sickle Cell Awareness Month

September 2, 2015

September is National Sickle Cell Awareness Month.  Sickle Cell is the most common inherited blood disorder and it affects millions of people worldwide.  For those of you that are not aware, Sickle Cell Disease is a chronic disorder that causes pain all over, infections, organ failures and other tissue damage even skin infections and for some a loss of eyesight, blood clots and strokes.  Most sickle cell patients deal with constant debilitating pain that most often leads to hospitalization.

Some facts and figures of Sickle Cell Disease:

  • It is an inherited blood disorder that can cause severe pain and permanent damage to the brain, heart, lungs, kidneys, liver, bones and spleen.
  • Most common in Africans and African-Americans. It is also found in other ethnic and racial groups, including people from South and Central America, the Caribbean, Mediterranean countries, and India.
  • More than 2 million people have the sickle cell trait that allows them potentially to pass the disease on to their children. You can have the trait and not have any signs or symptoms of SCD. Both parents have to have the trait to have a child with SCD.

Hug a warrior if you know one.  They are going through a lot and most of them just want to live a normal life. SCD images Sickle-Cell-awareness-month-imageI love my Sickle Cell Warriors!

xoxoxo

MeliMel

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    Mom and wife originally from the Caribbean island of St. Lucia and now reside in the United States. This blog is about the day to day things I see and sometimes may encounter in this fascinating world that we live in. Live life in concert with your values! Never be paralyzed! Don't wait for people to change!

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