Sickle Cell Speaks
My Story, My Strength
Hear Me, Understand Me.
There are many misconceptions about sickle cell. Like it’s contagious. Like people with sickle cell are drug addicts. Like the only effect is pain. Because of these widespread beliefs, people with this genetic blood disorder may feel misunderstood, even isolated. Eliminating the stigmas surrounding sickle cell begins when we listen, learn, and share.
What is Sickle Cell?
Red blood cells are responsible for carrying oxygen throughout the body. Sickle cell is an inherited condition where healthy, round red blood cells become shaped like crescents. These rigid crescents are not able to get through small blood vessels and break down easily leading to anemia, fatigue, episodes of pain and organ damage.