During Sickle Cell Awareness Month make a pledge to start a conversation with co-workers, neighbors and friends about the importance of knowing their sickle cell status.
Statistics on Sickle Cell Disease continue to rise because no one IS willing to start a conversation. How many people do you know have talked about starting a family, but never considered the importance of knowing their Sickle Cell status?
Many states now require children to be screened at birth for Sickle Cell disease but as adults, no one remembers or considers the importance of knowing if they carry the Sickle Cell trait?
If both the mother and father have the Sickle Cell trait, they run the risk of having a child born with Sickle Cell. This is not to put blame on anyone, but rather encourage our community to get educated about SCD.
The Jewish community lowered statistics on Tay-Sachs disease by 95% through vigilant screening programs and a commitment to educate people. Their plan enlisted the support and infrastructure of the Jewish community to host screenings at synagogues and community centers. The support of Rabbi’s was also a big factor in the success of their efforts.
It is our goal to understand why African American and Hispanic communities are unwilling to do the same. How can the Sickle Cell Community obtain support from churches and ministers, civic organizations and the medical community to get everyone to check their Sickle Cell status?
It is so important to start conversations about Sickle Cell disease so that future generations will never have to worry about ” breaking the Cycle.”
Tell us what you think. Read the article about how the Jewish community beat Tay-Sachs disease and let us know if you think we can do the same for Sickle Cell Disease ?