Sickle Cell In My Home

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June 19 is World Sickle Cell Day.

CEO at FreedomInk Publishing

What is Sickle Cell Disease? Without looking up some fancy, smancy, scientific, confusing definition, I’ll tell you what I understand this disease to be. Normal blood cells flow through our veins round in shape and full of oxygen– happy! Sickle (blood) cells don’t flow so easily through our veins in a sickle or “V” shape and lack the proper nutrients and oxygen– sad! The disease is hereditary meaning that it passes from parent to child. But it’s kind of like a gamble. A parent with the disease or a trait of the disease has a 25%, 50%, 75%, 100% chance of passing the mutated gene. Two parents with the disease or a trait of the disease heightens the likelihood of children being born with the disease or the trait. First seen as a way to protect the body from being plagued with Malaria, the disease can be traced back to…

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