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What It’s Like to Live With Sickle-Cell


When Damian Jackson was a young man, some lawyers helped his family out. “I admired them,” he remembers. “They were smart, and they helped people out. I thought it would be a good thing to go into if I could.” Now, Damian is a litigator with close to two decades’ trial experience and around a hundred jury trials to his name.

Damian’s desire to help others out doesn’t stop when he leaves the office. The Philadelphia man spends his free time speaking up for sickle-cell sufferers, helping them access the health care they need during a crisis, and working to raise awareness of a disease that’s largely misunderstood by medical professionals.

Damian says he’s lucky. After all, he’s had fifty years of pretty good health. This could be attributed to a balanced diet, enough rest and regular exercise. Or perhaps it’s due to his parents, whose experiences with Damian’s elder sister, also diagnosed with the genetic condition at birth, shaped the way they raised him.

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