Saturday, September 28, 2019

Sickle Cell Awareness | Jenica's Story & 'My Friend Jen'

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Our series on sickle cell awareness continues. Honestly, I couldn't be more grateful to the women who have willingly opened up their lives for us in the name of raising awareness. Last time, we caught up with Betty, who shared intimate and moving details of what it's like to be the mother to three year old Jessica, who has sickle cell.

In her interview, Betty shared that one of the ways she has educated Jessica about her condition is through a book she requested from her local library - My Friend Jen.

My Friend Jen, by Jenica Leah is a children's book whose main character, 'Jen', is a sickle cell survivor, just like Jenica. By describing Jen's day to day activities, Jenica hopes to empower other children with the condition, whilst normalising it and educating their friends and family about the condition. 

We catch up with Jenica to find out more about My Friend Jen.


Saturday, September 21, 2019

Sickle Cell Awareness | Betty's Story

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Aaaaand we're back! So why exactly did I take an unannounced break? Let's just say, the lack of motivation was doing me wicked. But less of that, and more of the matter at hand.

September is an important month for many people in the UK - approximately 14,000 of them and their families. This figure represents the number of people with sickle cell disease. This year, for Sickle Cell Awareness Month, we have gathered the experiences of women affected by the disease in one way or another. 

In the first installment of this new series we visit Betty, who is not only a friend of mine but an awesome mother to her two children Nana Kwame, and Jessica. 

 In fact, credit goes to Betty whose idea it was to have this series on the blog.
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