Unimaginable hurdle: In 2008, while she was sleeping, her husband woke and heard her struggling to breathe. He rushed her, unconscious, to the hospital, where doctors discovered a devastating blood clot in her lung. “They told him it wasn’t looking good. It was just the worst, but I hung in there. I didn’t see my kids for a month and a half.”
Aha moment: “When I finally came home, I just decided that I was here for a purpose. I wasn’t supposed to be here, but I am.”
Her motivator: “My mom felt guilty about not getting me diagnosed earlier, but she just didn’t know what questions to ask. That’s why I feel so strongly about educating people. I go out and tell them about resources, about how to manage the disease. But when I facilitate support groups, I often learn a better way to manage my own disease. They don’t realize how much they’re helping me.”
Her dream: “I’m already living my dream. I love what I do. I have a family I love, a place of work I love, and I am surrounded by people I love and who inspire me every day.” Other than finding a universal cure for sickle cell, “there’s nothing better.”
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