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New Children’s Book Aims to Inspire Children With SCD


Two health educators have written a children’s book about living with sickle cell disease (SCD). I’m No Different Than You tells the story of Kayla, a girl who has a positive outlook on life despite the challenges of managing a chronic medical condition. After having to attend a new school, Kayla is worried about how others will react to learning that she has SCD. Kayla’s friendships are quickly changed by the lack of understanding, and fears of the other children.

The authors, Jaime Mahaffey MSW, LISW, and Kristy High, MEd, wrote the book in honor of children who suffer from chronic medical conditions. Mahaffey, a social worker, has a 15-year-old daughter, Kayla, who was diagnosed with SCD shortly after birth. High, a health and wellness educator, is the godmother of 12-year-old Kristy who also lives with sickle cell disease.