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. His philosophy on having sickle cell disease: "Don't let it stop you from doing what you love because you're no different from anyone else."
|National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) The NHLBI provides the public with educational resources relating to the treatment of heart, blood vessel, lung, and blood diseases as well as sleep disorders.|
|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.|
|Sickle Cell Disease: Mike's Story (Video) In this video Mike, 18, talks about living with sickle cell disease, including how he copes with pain episodes and manages his schoolwork.|
|Sickle Cell Disease: Theresa's Story (Video) Theresa, 16, talks about managing her sickle cell when she's feeling well as a way to ward off pain crises and other problems.|
|Do You Know About Sickle Cell Anemia? Sickle cell anemia gets its name because a person's red blood cells turn from a doughnut shape into a curved sickle shape. What's a sickle look like?|
|Sickle Cell Disease Thanks to advancements in early diagnosis and treatment, most kids born with sickle cell disease grow up to live relatively healthy and productive lives.|
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