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This week on Sisters: Real Talk! Living Past Sickle Cell.
Join us as the Murchison Girls have a serious discussion with Falling Angels about a serious illness, sickle cell disease. Sickle cell disease is an inherited blood disorder that affects approximately 70,000 - 100,000 individuals in the United States and 3 million have sickle cell trait. The Falling Angels Foundation is a group of families, patients and caregivers who are committed to improve the quality of life for those with sickle cell disease. Their mission is providing education, support, screening, and counseling to families with sickle cell disease.
When founder Cynthia Settles, parent of a daughter living with sickle cell, . discovered that there was very little knowledge or information about the disease, she began her research. Cynthia's goal was to get a better understanding so that I could improve the quality of health for her daughter, Atiya. One of the biggest challenges for Cynthia as a mother was to watch her child go through a sickle cell crisis and feel absolutely helpless. Atiya, now 25 years old and a mother herself, is the spokesperson for Falling Angels.
Also joining us, an oncology nurse, Joe, who specializes in sickle cell patients and supports Falling Angels in their efforts.
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