In my last column , I shared tips about dating with sickle cell disease. It is important that partners are also supported and able to access help and guidance when necessary. My first tip for partners would be to be proactive. It is important that partners put the work in and seek to educate themselves about sickle cell disease. A plethora of resources are available to help form a better understanding of sickle cell.
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I also remember making every excuse in the world to cancel or reschedule dates as a result of being sick. And oddly enough this horrible blind, selfish, and terrible flawed strategy worked until I met someone with the quality and character of someone deserving of better and I began to question the state of my character and integrity. The emotionally conflicting dilemma of trying to manage my desire for authentic romantic connection, my chronic disease in secrecy and denial lead to many sleepless nights and ultimately to a break in my character and consciousness. This break led me in search of a deeper honest understanding and acceptance of my health, my life, my character, and what I wanted in life. I appreciate everyone that has ever tried to date, love, or help the younger and unhealthy version of myself. November 30, by Adrian Williams. BDO understands that the uniqueness of Black culture - our heritage and our traditions - plays a role in our health.
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Jump to content. A sickle cell test is a blood test done to check for sickle cell trait or sickle cell disease. Sickle cell disease is an inherited blood disease that causes red blood cells to be deformed sickle-shaped. The red blood cells deform because they contain an abnormal type of hemoglobin , called hemoglobin S, instead of the normal hemoglobin, called hemoglobin A.
Sickle cell disease is the most common inherited blood disorder in the United States. Approximately , Americans have the disease. In the United States, sickle cell disease is most prevalent among African Americans. About one in 12 African Americans and about one in Hispanic Americans carry the sickle cell trait, which means they are carriers of the disease.