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By Clifton R Kirkman II
Telegram Reporter 

September is National Sickle Cell Awareness Month,

A Glimpse of What It Is To Live with Sickle Cell Anemia and Why Awareness Is So Important

 

October 1, 2020

Dr. Wanda Whitten-Shurney, Pediatrician, advocate, CEO and Medical Director of SCDAA (Michigan Chapter)

It's not every day that a child born into this world grows up with the reality, knowing that they may not live past the age of 40. Imagine being a parent and being told by doctors, that your child's lifespan will be shorten because they were born with a genetic illness called, Sickle Cell Anemia. A heartbreaking reality, it is, at that very moment. How will you guide your child through life? How will you treat them? Will they make it to their 18th birthday? Will they experience graduating college and having a family of their own? Most of all, being the parent and feeling the burden that yo...



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