Love it! When you do reach obstacles in your life, what helps you through it? I lean on the promises of God, The word of God is my strength. And positive people to surround me.
Do you have regular pain (more than 2x a week)? How do you cope with this when you are in school? I experience pain episodes EVERYDAY. I cope by slowing myself down drinking fluids and taking pain meds if its needed. Until I’m able to pick back up again.
What is your daily medication regimen and what medications do you take when you are in pain? Daily: Folic Acid, and Multivitamins. For Pain; I alternate between Motrin and Hydrocodone, depending on the severity of the pain
How has sickle cell affected your personal life? For example, are you in a relationship, do you have kids, etc. No kids, I’m not in a relationship. After two puppy relationships of being hurt because I have SCD, God is my best bet, he loves me for ME! Gods love is unconditional I know he has created someone amazing out there for me, but I will wait until God time has arrived.
Looking at the 14 year old version of yourself, what would you tell him or her if you could…? I would tell her never lose hope! You can do or be whatever you set your mind to! The Sky is NOT your limit. You are your own limit. I would tell her SCD does not defeat you! YOU DEFY SCD! God knows what your going through when it seems all others don’t understand. And he will never forsake you.
So inspiring! Is there anything else that you would want to tell other sickle cell warriors? Sickle Cell Warriors: NOW is the time to SHINE!
Thank you for doing this interview Emily. It was such a pleasure *meeting* you and I know that you have inspiring many.
Renal Papillary Necrosis and Sickle Cell