For years, there have been many questions about the illness known as sickle cell. Little is known about this illness. But what we do know is that it can be deadly if not treated under the right conditions. However, that might be about to change. There may be a cure. Before we delve into the cure for this deadly illness, we need to understand where it comes from. Sickle cell is a disorder that is caused by an inherited abnormal hemoglobin which in turn causes normal red blood cells to become deformed into sickled red blood cells, hence the name of the illness. Because of this people who suffer from this illness are prone to have what is called a sickle cell “crisis." A “crisis” is when the person experiences extreme pain in one part of the body and that pain eventually spreads to other parts of the body. The best way to deal with this is to get to the nearest emergency room as soon as possible. At least that’s what a hematologist would say right now, but soon there may be another option.

—The cure—

Now for the part you've all been waiting for—my devised cure! Many people tend to think that red blood cells come from the heart. But as science explains many times over; this idea is completely false. In reality, red blood cells develop in your bone marrow. So my idea is that we insert a cell with the correct mutation into the bone marrow so that the cell would then multiply, therefore eradicating the mutated red blood cells. In order to get the correct mutation, we must extract the DNA from a working red blood cell and insert it into the bone marrow. It's even worked before in past cases, including this one where an eight year old girl got a bone marrow transplant from her sibling, which cured her cancer and sickle cell. I have a vested interest in this illness because I am one of the rare people in the U.S who suffer from it. I will talk about it more in part two of this column, so be sure to check back in the next issue!

—Why It's Important—

The reason why this is important is because anyone could have it and you might not know it. In fact, most people don’t even experience their first episode until they are well into their youth. Take it from a person who actually has this illness. Sickle cell is no joke, people! Be concerned about your health. If you think you might have it, then it might be best to get checked out. This illness can and will kill you if left untreated.