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A hereditary, non - contagious disease that leads to misshaping of red blood cells, Sickle - Cell disorder affects more than 100 000 people in the US - mainly those of African descent, as well as Hispanic Americans. What makes this disorder so dangerous to people's health? Since red blood cells no longer have normal, round disc construct, but half moon - or Sickle - shape, instead, they can clog blood vessels, consequently reducing blood flow and oxygen delivery to body systems. This can also cause pain and other symptoms, such as shortness of breath, stroke, jaundice, and more. Dedicate to bringing more awareness of this disease to the masses, several celebrities who suffer from Sickle Cell and some who don't - have begun advocating for the Sickle Cell community. Some of them may surprise you: 1. T - Boz. One - third of the TLC trio, T - Boz, has been upfront about her disease for decades. She's also the National spokeswoman for Sickle Cell Disease Association of America. 2. Larenz Tate. Best known for his role as Darius Lovehall in the 1997 classic, Love Jones, Larenz doesn't suffer from Sickle Cell, but is a strong advocate. To bring awareness to this disorder, Larenz, along with his brothers, founded Tate Brothers Foundation. He also focus on educating people with Sickle Cells about how to avoid Iron overload with the Be Sickle Smart: Ask About Iron campaign. 3. Tiki Barber. Not only does this pro footballer strategize ways to win on the field, he also works hard to help others who suffer from Sickle Cell,s as he does win against the disease. To do so, he helps families affected by Sickle Cell learn more about the disorder, as well as learn more about the possibility of Iron overload, which can stem from regular blood transfusions during Sickle Cell treatment. 4. Kiki Shepard. While KiKi doesn't have Sickle - Cell Disease herself, this former Showtime at Apollo co - host is an avid supporter of Sickle Cell Awareness. In partnership with KIS Foundation, which she start, KiKi and a host of celebrity friends take part in the annual Bowling Challenge to raise awareness of Sickle Cells and to advocate for education of public about this disease. People with Sickle - Cell Disease are now living longer, healthier lives due to increased awareness and improved treatment. If you have Sickle - Cell Disease - or you know someone who does - try adding Xickle RBC - Plus to your regular routine. An All - natural supplement made from extracts of sorghum, clove, and pepper, Xickle RBC - Plus can actually help prevent red blood cells from sickling.

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2. Prodigy (rapper, Mobb Deep)

Prodigy, one half of groundbreaking hip - hop duo Mobb Deep, was diagnosed as an infant with a severe form of sickle cell anemia, blood disease marked by debilitating bouts of bodily pain. It didn't stop him from revolutionizing rap music in the 1990s with the group's bleak, foreboding vignettes of street life in New York City. But in his day - to - day life, Prodigy worries often about when the next pain attack will come and how bad it will be. Born Albert Johnson, Prodigy wrote and spoke at length about how his battle with sickle cell anemia was as psychological as it was physical. Growing up, his youth was disrupted by chronic pain and frequent hospital visits, driving him toward drugs, alcohol and street crime as a teenager and 20 - something. But anger and frustration were also part of what drove him toward hip - hop, he would later say. As he grew older, he told NPR in 2013, living with disease made him focus on his health, which had ripple effects on the rest of his life. But it was around same time that Prodigy discovered hip - hop and met Kejuan Muchita, his partner in Mobb Deep, better known by stage name Havoc. They recorded their first album, Juvenile Hell, in 1993. Two years later, they released Infamous, which is widely considered one of most important rap albums of all time, pioneer in the hardcore genre, released at the height of the East Coast and West Coast hip - hop rivalry. They would go on to release six more albums as a unit, and more as solo artists.

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4. Larenz Tate (actor)

September is Sickle Cell Disease Awareness Month, and for actor Larenz Tate, that means spreading word about a chronic disease that disproportionately affects the African - American community. It's really important to know if you have a disease, say Tate, 36, who recently costarred in FX's Rescue Me and in BET's make - for - TV movie Gun Hill, which premiers this fall. As many as 100 000 people in the United States have the disease, which causes red blood cells to resemble sickles or crescents. Misshapen cells can reduce blood flow, which starve vital organs of oxygen and can lead to chronic fatigue and intense pain. Many people who don't have disease carry gene for it. Screening is essential, message Tate will spread this month via Facebook and Twitter. If you can prevent disease, you can really make a difference in someone's life, says Tate. Find more articles, browse back issues, and read the current issue of WebMD Magazine.

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5. Miles Davis (musician)

June 19 is known worldwide as World Sickle Cell Day. Sickle Cell Disease is an inherited blood disorder in which the majority of hemoglobin within Red blood cells is defective form referred to as S, instead of normal hemoglobin,. Due to the presence of hemoglobin S, red blood cells become crescent or Sickle - shape, giving Sickle Cell Disease its name. Sickle - shape blood cells cannot easily pass through blood vessels, causing those with disease to experience a number of unique health complications. There are different types of Sickle Cell Disease depending upon which hemoglobin genes are inherit. Blood disorder is also commonly known as Sickle Cell Anemia. In cases where hemoglobin and hemoglobin S genes are inherited from each parent, person is just a carrier of Sickle Cell Trait and does not have Sickle Cell Disease. In order to get Sickle Cell Disease, person has to inherit the defective hemoglobin S gene, along with another defective hemoglobin gene, such as hemoglobin S, hemoglobin C, or hemoglobin beta thalassemia. Sickle Cell Disease affects over 100 000 people throughout the United States. Although people of all ages and backgrounds can inherit Sickle Cell Disease, majority of people affected by the disease are African - American. Miles Davis: Disease leads To Silent Period for Famous Musician Miles Davis, well - known African - American Cool Jazz Musician from the mid - 20th century, was born with Sickle Cell Disease. Along with being physically fatigued from excessive drug use and constantly performing, trumpeters Sickle Cell Anemia causes him to have health issues that worsen over the course of his life. His condition caused him to go into a period of retirement during the 1960s where he stopped playing Jazz altogether, historically known throughout the music community as his Silent Period or lose years. Sickle Cell Anemia can cause brittleness of bones. The disease caused Miles Davis to have an ongoing problem with bones chipping in his wrists and hips. This bone density issue kept him in immense pain throughout his career that had to be addrest with a number of intensive hip surgeries. When Miles Davis got into a terrible car accident in 1972, his bone condition worsen. The presence of Sickle Cell Anemia makes it incredibly difficult for his hipbones to recover properly. Despite constant pain from his bone issues, Miles Davis slowly Get back into performing and was able to manage living with Sickle Cell Disease. June 19: Day To Raise Awareness Around World World Sickle Cell Day was established through United Nations by countries worldwide to raise awareness about Sickle Cell Disease. The World Sickle Cell Day website explains that Sickle Cell is the most common genetic disease seen around the world and that most victims who inherit congenital blood disease die before the age of 5. The United Nations has made it a public health priority to do everything in its power to win the global battle against the deadly effects of disease.

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The Basics

Scd is a group of inherited Red blood Cell disorders. Healthy red blood cells are round, and they move through small blood vessels to carry oxygen to all parts of the body. In someone who has SCD, red blood cells become hard and sticky and look like a C - shaped farm tool called Sickle. Sickle cells die early, which causes a constant shortage of red blood cells. Also, when they travel through small blood vessels, they get stuck and clog blood flow. This can cause pain and other serious problems such as infection, acute chest syndrome and stroke.

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Lametras Story

In September 2012, Lametra Scott gave birth to a baby boy. She named him Rickey. Before his birth, Lametra had no idea that she carried Sickle Cell trait. It wasnt until one of her prenatal visits that her doctor told her that she and her sons father both had SCT, and that their son would have a 25% chance of having Sickle Cell disease. The doctor provided her option to speak with genetic counselor to determine possible next steps for her pregnancy. Because of her strong faith, Lametra chose to continue pregnancy.


What Is Sickle Cell Disease?

People with sickle cell disease can have pain when blood can't get to parts of body. These times are called pain crises. Pain may happen in any part of the body and may be brought on by cold, stress, illness, or dehydration. Pain may last a few hours, few days, or sometimes longer. Sometimes pain can be managed at home. But someone with severe pain might need treatment in hospital. People with sickle cell disease often have low number of red blood cells, or anemia. Signs of anemia include: paleness, often seen on skin, lips, or nailbeds, tiredness, dizziness, being short of breath, feeling lightheaded, being irritable, trouble paying attention to fast heartbeat People with sickle cell anemia may have jaundice. This happens because sickle - shape red blood cells break down faster than normal cells.

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Mimis Story

Just 30 years ago, children with sickle cell disease often died at a very young age. Advances in treatment have improved the quality of life and expected life span. For the lucky few patients, there is a cure: bone marrow transplant. But because finding donor match is so difficult, this is an option for less than 10 percent of patients. But a breakthrough is within reach: cure that would take place before birth. Alan Flake, MD, surgeon and scientist at CHOP, and his team have spent more than 30 years investigating therapy in which stem cells are taken from a pregnant woman's bone marrow and transplanted into the bloodstream of her affected fetus. Mothers ' healthy cells would circulate and multiply, and by the time the baby was born, so many healthy cells would be in the bloodstream, child would experience no symptoms of sickle cell disease. In addition to continuing research into fetal cure, doctors at CHOP have helped lead advances that have greatly improved quality of life, including blood transplants to reduce the risk of stroke and use of a drug called hydroxyurea.

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Lance Jasper Jones Story

Lance Jasper Jones is 31 years old, is engaged to be marry, is in graduate school pursuing a masters degree in clinical psychology, and is a talented musician and music producer. He is also living with Sickle Cell Disease. In 1990, Lance was diagnosed with Sickle Cell SS, or Sickle Cell anemia, most severe form of the disease. He was only 2 years old. Since birth, Lance has experienced chronic pain; as an infant, he cried all the time. While hospitalized for what appeared to be a broken finger, doctors ran some blood tests; results showed that Lance had Sickle Cell Disease. The news came as a total surprise. Lance was the youngest of three children. His sister, oldest of three siblings, does not have Sickle Cell Disease or trait for Sickle Cell Disease. His brother had a Sickle Cell trait, but did not have any signs or symptoms of disease, so no one even knew he had a trait until Lance was diagnose. Throughout his life, Lance has had numerous health complications from Sickle Cell Disease. He has been hospitalized more times than he can count. Doctors do not expect him to live into adulthood. In middle school, Lance developed avascular necrosis, and was confined to a wheelchair for 2 years. Avn is a painful condition in which there is loss of blood and oxygen to bone, causing tissue in joints to die. As result of this complication, Lance will need to have hip replacement before his 32 birthday. By age 22, Lance had already suffered two lung failures.

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