My sickle cell story: how one woman is raising awareness

My sickle cell story: how one woman is raising awareness

Annabelle Ashalley-Anthony’s is working to increase knowledge about the condition, which is particularly common among people of African Caribbean descent

AT JUST 10-days-old Annabelle Ashalley-Anthony was diagnosed with the sickle cell disease, a condition which affects the red blood cells and is particularly common among people of African and Caribbean heritage.

In her younger years, Ashalley-Anthony, now 30, struggled immensely with the disease, both physically and mentally, spending the majority of her early life at St Mary’s hospital undergoing various medical treatments and therapy.

“The hospital became my second home… I even took my exams in hospital,” Ashalley-Anthony said.

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