Sickle Cell is an inherited blood disorder affecting millions of people worldwide, specifically of African descent. People who suffer with this disease have atypical hemoglobin molecules called hemoglobin S, which can distort red blood cells into a sickle, or crescent (C-shaped). The problem with this type of shape for the red blood cells in the body are that the cells carry less oxygen, die early, and often cling together, causing blocks of blood flow. These blocks create excruciating pain crisis in the body--which can be unbearable!
Although there has been research on a cure such as bone marrow or stem cell transplants, these options are very risky, and can have serious side effects or be fatal .
My name is Tiffany Lou and I am living with Sickle Cell.
I've known of my diagnosis, Sickle Hemoglobin-C disease since I was a little girl. As a young girl, I realized that my body was not as those who were around me. Having crucial pain episodes while also discovering new triggers of them was a very trying time for me. Now that I am older, I am blessed to have better control of living with Sickle Cell. This control has sparked a passion for sharing my life experiences with others facing the same thing. I created this platform because, unfortunately, the awareness for SC is not as prominent as others. My mission is to strengthen the Sickle Cell community and assist all affected. I want to continue to shed light by advocating, supporting, and educating the world on Living with Sickle Cell.
-signed a Warrior with purpose.