May 27, 2011
This video—presented by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health—shows how Tiffany, a mother and student, has coped with having sickle cell disease. Born with the most severe form of sickle cell disease, sickle cell anemia, Tiffany has lived with the symptoms and complications of this disease her entire life.
After giving birth to her daughter, Tiffany became very sick and was admitted to the hospital many times. In 2009, she began treatment with a medicine called hydroxyurea. Although Tiffany's brother had taken hydroxyurea and had many side effects, Tiffany has had success with the treatment. Her commitment to following her treatment plan and living a healthy lifestyle have helped her manage sickle cell anemia and live a happy, full life.
For more information about living with and managing sickle cell disease, go to the Health Topics Sickle Cell Anemia article.