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My Angry Adolescence Living With Sickle Cell

I recently read a post on the Sickle Cell Warrior’s Facebook page from a concerned father. His teenage child with sickle cell is prone to angry outbursts. This child is far more temperamental and short fused than his other children were at the same age. He wondered if this was typical of sickle cell children.

Looking at my own life, I know I went through several periods when I was very angry. The first angry-phase I recall going through was when I was fourteen. For whatever reason, I took out all my anger and frustrations out on my older sister. At times, I was very cruel with my words; it’s one my biggest regrets in life.