In this video Mike, 18, talks about life with sickle cell disease, including how he manages pain crises, stays on top of schoolwork, and finds time for skateboarding and other interests. He also talks about why it helps to have a close bond with his doctors.
Mike's philosophy on sickle cell is: "Don't let it stop you from doing what you love because you're no different from anyone else."
|Sickle Cell Disease Association of America This group provides education, advocacy, and other initiatives to promote awareness of and support for sickle cell disease programs.|
|Sickle Cell Information Center The mission of this site is to provide patient and professional education, news, research updates, and sickle cell resources.|
|Sickle Cell Anemia More than 70,000 Americans have sickle cell anemia, which occurs when someone inherits two abnormal genes that cause red blood cells to change shape. Find out more.|
|My Friend Has Sickle Cell Disease. How Can I Help? People with sickle cell disease need good friends who understand and can help them get through tough times. This article for teens helps you learn what you can do to be that friend.|
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|Transitioning Your Medical Care: Sickle Cell Disease At a certain point, you'll no longer be able to see your childhood doctor. There are a lot of steps to making a smooth switch to adult health care. Here are some tips for people living with sickle cell disease.|
|Managing Your Medical Care Visit our center on managing your medical care for advice on how to get involved in taking charge of your health and choosing the right health care providers.|
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