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How are you honoring Rare Disease Day?

Rare Disease Day is a global campaign which aims toward equity in social opportunity, health care, and access to diagnosis and therapies for people living with rare disease.

In honor of Rare Disease Day, we’re here to spread some resources and support to anyone living or who loves someone with a rare disease.

📚 About Rare Disease Day:

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🤝 National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD):

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Hell I am Shae I have been writing since my mother passed away from complications of sickle cell disease when I was seven years old. I am very passionate about bringing more awareness and education through arts when it comes to myself. I am multi talented as writing is only one thing I do well. I also love to create all things as a filmmaker and a photographer. The amount of videos I have now as a brand influence making sure that I educate and empower those in my community and beyond. As a published author I am now working on pushing myself out of my comfort zone in regards to the types of works I put out into the world. As a sickle cell patient myself it is more than satisfying to know I am fully processing my own struggles and strength for people to relate with and learn more in the process. I am a single mom with a unique perspective of life with sickle cell disease. I intend to use all of my gifts share them with the world for as long as I can fight I will. #MightyTogether #SickleCellAnemia #sicklecellawareness #warrior

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Sickle Cell and social injustice: How they go hand in hand.

Pain is the most common symptom for a person living with sickle cell disease. However, it is the first thing people don’t believe patients about. Some medical professionals are convinced that the pain is all a delusional cry for attention and pain medication. I believe they are clearly not qualified to make that diagnosis solely based on coming into a hospital room and judging how many tears a Sickle cell disease patient does or does not shed. I believe it is much deeper than just thinking of sickle cell sufferers as “drug seekers”, consider this as a deeper issue than the one at hand. In a conversation with a psychologist that also lives with sickle cell she spoke; “Some medical professionals are told not to qualify sickle cell patients as a life worth saving because most sickle cell patients are on disability and considered a waste of space for needing the state’s assistance”(Anonymous doctor). This is a social injustice that shows just how imprudent and monotonous these ideals are that should be banished.

How could we be judged by an illness we were born with? Sickle Cell patients didn’t ask for this, it was the life they were given. Be that as it may, it is the life we have that more than qualifies us to be our own boss. Most patients have a hard time maintaining a job when they go to work for companies because there are very few people willing to understand the two weeks you need off to get treatment at the hospital and the other week to recover from pain and withdrawal from pain medications. This is why some patients choose entrepreneurship as a career path. Some patients are tired of the overcritical misconception that they are not worth the trouble of being treated like normal human beings. The issue with today’s society is the superficial expectation of what people consider a serious illness. “You don’t look sick”. How many times have patients suffering from Sickle Cell heard those heart-dropping words? This is an invisible illness and a silent killer to some because of those views, or rather those expectations to look exactly how they feel we should.

On the other hand, Sickle Cell patients should really analyze the role they play. There are some sickle cell patients that are prejudged based on the actions of others. Although it is not acceptable to be treated like the last patient who left a bad impression on the medical staff, the entitlement of some patients that come into the hospitals may also contribute to the prejudgment of the medical staff. Of course, this is just based on previous experiences with being treated unfairly, but this illness is not well known to all professionals. When they ask for a patient’s help or for an opinion to better understand the illness they are faced with treating, it would help to educate them or connect them with an advocate or doctor who can help achieve a better understanding of treatment for all patients they come into contact with who are dealing with this condition. Being dismissive..

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World Sickle Cell Day & Juneteenth 2021 What Do They Mean to Sickle Cell Warriors?part 2 #STOPSICKLECELLABUSE

Unfortunately, the great state of Texas either lost, or failed to read and follow the memo. For whatever reason, on this day the remainder of America’s slaves, were finally released from a lifetime of bondage and over 150yrs later the U.S. government has declared it a national holiday. Which we celebrated for the first time yesterday.
I think its befitting that World Sickle Cell Day and Juneteenth, share the same day. As both commemorate and remind the world of two groups of people, that have not been given the recognition, respect or acknowledgement that they deserve. As a country, we are just barely scratching the surface to understanding how the legacy of slavery continues to guide the everyday lives of our citizens. Mainly, through the legacy government policies of red lining, disproportionate jail sentences for people of color, and a policing system that can't seem to teach its officers to have the same patience and "out of the box" thinking, when it comes to peacefully disarming a white person. Yet, allows and seemingly insists, that in similar situations where black and brown people are involved, the only option is to pull the trigger. After all, they only have a "few" seconds to make a "lifesaving" decision but, that life in question rarely seems to be that, of the armed officers.
In the same spirit...Sickle Cell Disease was discovered 125yrs ago and was Immediately classified, as a "Black" disease. It seems those same "legacy" government policies, guidance systems and thoughts of Black's as being "Lesser", were simply rolled over and applied to an entire illness. Leaving generations of its carriers and families to care for and educate themselves, on an illness that continues to cause just as, if not more, mental and emotional pain than, it does physical harm.
Yes, it is befitting that the two share the same day because, as a society we still don't want to fully recognize and accept the legacy of systemic racism and personal bias that slavery as cursed us with. While at the same time we praise the advancements, science has brought to Sickle Cell but, still allow its patients to be dismissed, disrespected, discriminated against and disenfranchised, when seeking medical care in ED's across the country. Just as our officers find ways to peacefully disarm and deescalate white perpetrators daily, without firing one bullet. However, in the same breath claim, that killing the black or brown perpetrator, was the "only choice". Sickle Cell patients are denied treatment everyday, based on the doctor and/or nurses’ "belief", that we are "Addicts" who are "Drug Seeking", for a cheap high. Rather than, just accepting the "FACT" that we are "Legitimate Patients”, suffering from a "Hereditary Illness " that is KNOWN....actually SCIENTIFICALLY PROVEN to cause pain like no other, not even that of child birth.