September is Sickle Cell Awareness Month

One thing I love about God is that He can use all things for good. It seems like a platitude at times, but when you’ve been in a situation where bad has happened and you’ve seen firsthand the good that comes from it…you can’t help but praise Him.

When I was pregnant with my youngest son, I was overjoyed with happiness. I couldn’t wait to see how he would look. What his personality would be like. But then I had an invent…a “threatened miscarriage” is what the doctor termed it.

I tell you blood is never a welcome sight when you’re pregnant. But through tears and prayers my little one was born a couple of weeks before his due date. 10 fingers. 10 toes. Beautiful and healthy.

That is until our pediatrician called to inform us he has hemoglobin SC, a milder version of sickle cell. I felt punched in the gut. Although I always knew I had sickle cell trait, I failed to realize my husband had the hemoglobin c trait.

Nevertheless, I was intent on not worrying. To cross the bridge if we ever had to deal with sickle cell complications. After all, the doctor said it was a milder version.

My little one is 6 now and has a nice sized medical folder of sickle cell complications. At 21 months, he had his first spleen sequestration (red blood cells get trapped, spleen swells). He was in a tremendous amount of pain. Was given morphine and a blood transfusion. All before he turned 2. This happened on Mother’s Day and he left the ICU 4 days later.

Fast forward to the winter he was two. He visited the ER every month for a pain crisis in his leg. We’ve also had overnight stays to monitor his breathing (trying to prevent acute chest syndrome). Swelling in his arm, which was accompanied by pain crisis in arm. And a few months ago for the removal of his spleen.

It reminds me of the Scripture:

“Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.” – 2 Corinthians 2:3-4.

That’s the good that comes from his disease. It’s made me more compassionate to others. I no longer assume everyone has it easy, but remind myself that they may be going through their own trials. And for those who are worried over their children’s health…I’m able to offer comfort. The same comfort that has seen me through ER visits, hospital stays, and watching my son in pain.

Better yet, my son believes that God listens to his prayers. He’s quick to pray for healing until it happens. He doesn’t question the timing, simply continues to pray until the hurt goes away.

Have you gone through a trial that has allowed you to offer comfort to others?

*If you wish to find out more about sickle cell, hop on over to SCDAA’s site http://www.sicklecelldisease.org/about/sickle-cell- 101/


toni

Toni Shiloh is a wife, mom, and Christian fiction writer. Before pursuing her dream as a writer,
Toni served in the United States Air Force. It was there she met her husband. After countless moves, they ended up in Virginia, where they are raising their two boys.

When she’s not typing in imagination land, Toni enjoys reading, playing video games, making jewelry, and spending time with
her family.

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4 thoughts on “September is Sickle Cell Awareness Month

  1. Thank you for sharing about sickle cell. I love how your son believes that God listens to his prayers. Your son is correct. 🙂 Yes, I have gone through a trial that allowed me to comfort others. Breast cancer in 2005. Through that experience, my husband and I started a cancer support group at church. We also have participated in Relay for Life. We never know the struggles people may be facing each day. I am thankful we can share our thoughts and help others.

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