In this talk I get to connect with Kristyl Smith, Public Speaker and Advocate for Sickle Cell Anemia. Not only is she a SDSU student but a writer–and works with a amazing health awareness company that helps her bring more resources to the sickle cell awareness community.
Sickle Cell Anemia is a genetic blood disease which the blood cells lose oxygen. So instead of blood cells being round and squishy like donuts, they are half-shaped and hard like boomerangs–or what she calls them as “Crescent Ninja Knives. Reason being that they fly through your blood vessels like knives causing tremendous pain and clot the walls of the blood vessels.
This pain is chronic and equivalent to Child Birth! However, her biggest source of relief and support, that she finds during these difficult times, is her mother.
Her mother, being very educated in both fields of health and academics, was able to serve as her advocate–she made sure that Kristyl got all the medical treatments she needed and an equal access to education. With her help, Kristyl was able to go to college and find her career today as a vocal advocate for Sickle Cell Anemia.
What she has, she says, is not crutch but a cross. A cross which she can use to help others carry their own crosses as well.
Sickle Cell Anemia does has its ups and downs, but she urges to not let it get you down because it does lead to sickness. Instead be aware of it, develop your emotional maturity, develop the courage to accept how you feel, and then take the necessary steps to move from it.
Today she considers her disease as a gift and is using it to help others through awareness and advocacy. Not too mention that she is a proud Sickle Cell warrior!
To reach her for consultation and learn more about the company that she is doing amazing work with, email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also find her on Facebook at Kristyl Jl Smith
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