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When You're Fighting Both Sickle Cell and Social Injustice

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Pain is the most common symptom for a person living with sickle cell disease. However, it is often the first thing people don’t believe patients about.

Some medical professionals are convinced that the pain is all a delusional cry for attention and pain medication. I believe they are clearly not qualified to make that diagnosis solely based on coming into a hospital room and judging how many tears a sickle cell disease patient does or does not shed.

I believe it is much deeper than just thinking of people with sickle cell as “drug seekers.” In a conversation with a psychologist, who also lives with sickle cell, I learned that some medical professionals are told not to qualify sickle cell patients as a life worth saving, because some doctors

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