NFL player Tevin Coleman was diagnosed with sickle cell trait in college after experiencing fatigue during football practice. His wife, Akilah, carries the trait with no symptoms. When Tevin and Akilah found out their daughter, Nazaneen, has sickle cell disease, the Coleman family began managing Nazaneen’s care together, play-by-play.
“Communication is big for us and our daughter every day. Proactive care is vital for people living with sickle cell.”
Understanding Sickle Cell Complications
Tevin & Akilah’s daughter, Nazaneen, was diagnosed with sickle cell at a very young age. Because they understand that sickle cell complications can impact organs, tissues and bones, they established regular communication with Nazaneen’s doctor to develop a proactive healthcare plan to support Nazaneen’s sickle cell journey.
Tevin & Akilah’s Game Plan: Establish A Support Team
To support their daughter who lives with sickle cell, the Colemans developed a game plan to create relationships with doctors and find a medical network of resources who knew them and who they knew they could trust.