September is Sickle Cell Awareness Month

 
sicklecellmonthSickle Cell Awareness Month is a national initiative kicking off this month that helps raise awareness about a condition affecting more than 100,000 individuals living in the United States and millions more worldwide. September is the targeted month designated to bringing  more awareness to the issue in the hope of not only informing individuals but encouraging them to help raise funds to eventually find a cure. 
 
 

Sickle Cell Disease Occurs in 1 out of every 500 American  African births and 1 out of every 35,000  Hispanic American births. Sickle Cell trait occurs in approximately 1 in 12 American Africans.

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What is Sickle Cell Disease?

Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) is an inherited blood disorder that affects red blood cells. The main purpose of red blood cells is to transfer oxygen to the body.  Hemoglobin is a protein found in red blood cells that carries the oxygen. People with sickle cell disease have red blood cells that contain mostly hemoglobin S, an abnormal type of hemoglobin. Sometimes these red blood cells become sickle-shaped (crescent shaped) and have difficulty passing through small blood vessels. Sickle shaped blood cells are stiff, sticky and rigid cells that impede the flow of blood through the bodies blood vessels causing individuals to have moments of excruciating pain, which many refer to as “being in crisis.” When this blockage occurs blood cannot reach the different parts of the body and in turn damages tissue. As a result,  this damaged tissue is what leads to many complications for individuals living with this condition.

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We can’t stress enough the importance of sharing the information on Sickle Cell and how much of an impact just knowing more about the condition can have on not only a family but communities as well. Awareness and education make all the difference that is why we want to take this chance and stand in solidarity with individuals living with this condition by sharing the knowledge with everyone. Therefore please share the Street Intell and get more people involved. Visit sicklecelldisease.org for more ways to help.

For some informative and inspiring stories check out Sickled Sisters, a blog shared by two women personally affected by sickle cell and pulmonary hypertension. Both dedicated to the advocacy, awareness and support of individuals with chronic illness. Join their journey by clicking the image below

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Source: sicklecelldisease.org

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