I had my first sickle cell crisis at age 16, and the second at age 19.
All eyes on me
Being in Med school drove me to depression as I was in and out of the hospital due to stress and weather. Last year, I couldn't prepare well for tests, and missed classes and practicals.
Every doctor/student always asked why my eyes were yellow and some even call me "the girl with jaundice or the jaundiced girl". Doctors I confided in shouted "she's SS" during ward rounds. Patients became uncomfortable around me and wouldn't let me examine them. I've fought with some doctors for being unethical because I was hurt by their behavior or words.
Seeing my strength
I bought photochromic glasses to avoid excessive questions about my eyes. I became depressed and even hated ward rounds or going to school because they always made me think I didn't belong there. But I shook it off. I find happiness and peace from those who love me. I choose to stay strong and to be a great Doctor 🤗
This or That
Has sickle cell kept you from pursuing college or other career goals?
Have you had a special caregiver in your life?