• February 28, 2017

Parents with children who have sickle cell disease raise awareness

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  • OliverChiapco posted at 12:51 pm on Tue, Aug 21, 2012.

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    Living life with sickle cell disease can be very difficult. Fortunately, in this modern day and age, sickle cell can be dealt with much more hope and optimism. Cure can be achieved. But for many, it remains hard to pin down.
    AWARENESS is the key. There are millions of people of African, Hispanic, Asian Indian and Mediterranean descent out there who are carriers of the sickle cell gene which can be passed on to the next generation. Since those with sickle cell trait (carriers) live essentially normal lives, they may overlook the fact that they carry the gene that can dramatically diminish the quality of life of a child who happens to inherit the gene from either parent (if both parents are carriers).
    Hence, awareness and education are vital. If an individual is a carrier or suffers from sickle cell disease, due diligence must be observed when choosing a partner.