Living With Sickle Cell Disease - Judy Gray Johnson

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"A patient with the genetic blood disorder known as sickle cell disease lives with a condition that is characterized by red blood cells that assume an abnormal sickle shape.  Normally red blood cells are shaped like small donuts.  According to the United States Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), healthy red blood cells are round and they move through small blood vessels to carry oxygen to all parts of the body.  In sickle cell disease, the red blood cells become hard and sticky and look like a C-shaped farm tool called a sickle" (Johnson and Williams, 2011, p. 2)

Judy Gray Johnson knows this disease well.  She has lived with Sickle Cell disease all her life and decided to co-write this book with Leroy Williams, Jr. to educate more people, especially minority groups about this devastating disease. 

Ms. Johnson has nearly 40 years of experience in public education, having taught elementary, middle, and high school in Virginia and Maryland.  She holds a Master's Degree in Special Education from Virginia State University, in Petersburg, Virginia, and a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education from South Carolina State University in Orangeburg, South Carolina.  Ms. Johnson is also certified in the Commonweath of Virginia as an Elementary and Secondary School Principal.  She completed the coursework for the doctorate in Educational Administration and Supervision from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, Virginia.  For three years, she served as president of the Fairfax County Federation of Teachers representing teachers and aides in the largest school district in the state of Virginia.