Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Sickle Cell Does Not Win!

I've grown a lot since this high school picture and I've learned some hard life lessons. I conquered the world, best I could, with an unbeaten strength, the grace of God and the willingness to never give up.

Since that day a lot has changed. One thing that hasn't changed, is my resolve that Sickle Cell does not win. I resolve this every morning that I wake up in pain, and every night when I thank God for His strength. I've missed some things, but not my resolve to keep living, keep giving, and keep praising. 

As my journey continues into membership in AARP (Ameican Association of Retired People), I look forward. I ask myself, and God, What else can I do to educate, inform and speak for people with sickle cell? And I wait because everything I do now takes longer & my strength.

The answer is blood. People with sickle cell need blood, need donors, and need help with the gift of life that blood offers. I love blood donors, and marvel at their various reasons why they give blood. And I Love it! 

So, today I'm a blood donor advocate. I volunteer even when I'm in pain, because someone might receive blood that will save their life. Thank you Lord for my second wind.

Find out where you to donate blood and save 3 lives with 1 donation 


Tuesday, February 10, 2015

You Can Do Anything Despite Sickle Cell Disease

I have a new hero and his name is Billy Garrett, Jr., and he's proving that we can do whatever we put our minds to.

He proves this on DuPaul University basketball court every week. He's my hero because he is an overcomer and refuses to let Sickle Cell stop him from achieving his goals. Check out Billy's inspiring story and don't forget his name Billy Garrett, Jr. 

Sunday, January 4, 2015

New Year - New Sickle Cell Education Committment

 Education is Critical 

Advocacy is Essential            Ignorance is Unacceptable 

We are Overcomers

See what Sickle Cell Warriors are doing in the USA that got the President's attention

My theme song for 2015 

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

American Society of Hematology - Sickle Cell Awareness

The American Society of Hematology had its annual meeting in San Francisco, Ca this past week.

Sickle cell disease was on the agenda and Dr. Dubaun gave an account of our struggles during his  Ernest Beutler Lecture Series presentation.

Take a look at the images of the people who help us live.

Flicker images here.