Local Girl Diagnosed with Disease

Emily Jones was recently diagnosed with Sickle Cell Anemia

Emily Jones (13) has been experiencing certain symptoms over the past few weeks, such as dizziness, shortness of breath, pain in her chest, joints, and abdomen.

Emily and her parents have asked a few doctors what was wrong, however none of them had a clue, until they met up with Dr.D.Houser. He diagnosed Emily Jones with Sickle Cell Anemia. Doctor D.Houser has said "Emily has shown many of the same symptoms of Sickle Cell Anemia, I have checked many possibilities. However Sickle Cell Anemia was the most accurate."

Sickle Cell Anemia is a disease of the red blood cells. The cells are shaped in crescent shape, which makes it harder for the red blood cells to carry the oxygen to the lungs.

Sickle cell anemia affects her respiratory and her circulatory system because when the red blood cells take the oxygen from the lungs, they aren't filled enough. So when the heart sends out the (supposed to be) full red blood cells, not enough oxygen gets to the rest of the body.

Emily and her class did a couple of activities that helped her understand Sickle Cell Anemia a little better. Such as her Jigsaw Puzzle, the activities where they needed to work out, and the articles that they have read.

Emily now knows how to take care of her condition, and now knows what mysterious disease was affecting her that no doctor could figure out.