Storytelling is a powerful advocacy tool that provides a platform for the SCD community to express concern over health challenges. This blog shares experiences of sickle cell disease advocates who have previously participated in Hill events, and highlights the immense value of advocacy through storytelling.
It’s February, and we are Feeling the Love at Sick Cells. For us, “Feeling the Love” goes beyond celebrating Valentine’s day. It is also a time to reflect on the love we share with one another. The love we receive from our family, friends, romantic partners, etc., brings comfort and emotional and physical safety; for SCD Warriors, that feeling is unmatched. This month we celebrate the people who continue to pour love into us every chance they get. This blog post highlights several voices from our Faces of SCD Storytelling series that have captured the power of love across the SCD community.
Sick Cells recently sat down with Jas (pronouns she/her/he/him/they/them)–a sickle cell warrior who is a member of the LGBTQ community–about her experience living with sickle cell disease, what she’d like to see more from her community and what gives her hope for the future. Thank you, Jas, for sharing your story.
Science often looks to the future: finding the next cure, creating the next vaccine, and predicting the next outbreak. However, looking back in history can sometimes be just as useful. In this blog, we’ll explore the similarities and differences between the 1918 Flu and COVID-19.
Alexis Lott is a creative, sickle cell warrior, and staunch advocate for blood donation. She runs her own business as a marketing consultant and women’s minister. Sick Cells chatted with Alexis to learn more about why she is so passionate about blood donation, especially among people of color, and how she gets the word out about her own sickle cell advocacy.
Sick Cells se sentó con Adrienne Shapiro, la quinta generación de madres en su familia que ha tenido un niño con la enfermedad de células falciformes (ECF), para discutir la importancia de vacunarse contra el COVID-19.
Sick Cells habló con Whitney Carter, una luchadora de la ECF, sobre su trayectoria de salud mental a lo largo de la pandemia. Los efectos de la pandemia del COVID-19 se han sentido en todos lados. Ha cambiado la manera en que los luchadores de la enfermedad de células falciformes (ECF) pueden obtener cuidados de salud en los sitios clínicos, pero también ha traído oportunidades para la comunidad de la ECF.
Sick Cells spoke with Whitney Carter, a SCD Warrior, about her mental health journey over the course of the pandemic. The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have been felt everywhere. It has changed the way sickle cell disease Warriors are able to get care in the clinical setting, but it has also brought opportunities to the SCD community.