Hi My name is Charmaine Washington, and I have sickle cell anemia. Sickle cell anemia is an inherited, lifelong, serious disorder in which the body produces red blood cells with an abnormal, sickle shape, meaning they are shaped like the letter C.
Though not a cancer, the treatment of sickle cell anemia is often similar to therapies used for blood-forming cancers such as leukemias and lymphomas. As a result, the condition may be treated in a cancer center. Some have come to believe that people with this disease will not live past 18.
I am currently turning 19 in a few days and there are others out there who have lived past 18, but many have not. My goal is to become more supportive and start engaging in sickle cell awareness and/or other diseases.
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