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Faces of Sickle Cell

Living with sickle cell brings uncertainty and challenges to your day. Meet some of the patients who have chosen our team to receive their sickle cell care.

Artisha McCoy: Sickle Cell reminds you that ‘life is precious’

 At 25 years old – nine months after having my son – I had a stroke. My child needed me to teach him to walk, and instead I was learning to re-walk myself. I've had countless blood transfusions and almost had open-heart surgery to repair some of the damage my sickled blood has caused. But having this chronic disease is not only about the medical challenges. It affects every aspect of your life, from childhood to child rearing, not to mention the fear of dying. However, I am strong willed, and – big or small – I take nothing for granted. Life is precious and could be taken away by that next crisis lurking around the corner.

Artisha McCoy, Sickle Cell Warrior