This past July, I traveled to Oklahoma for the Miss Black US Ambassador Pageant. As soon as I landed in OKC, My feet and ankles started to swell, and I was overwhelmed by unrelenting pain. Unfortunately, the high altitude and flying in a pressurized aircraft culminated in an epic sickle cell crisis. When I returned home, I experienced a "different" type of pain in my leg. So, my husband and I went to the emergency room. The Physicians found a superficial blood clot and my blood levels were extremely low.
After a three-day hospital stay and two pints of blood, I was released from the hospital. This time, I was given new medications which included a blood thinner that I need to inject myself with for the next 30 days. To add insult to injury, my hematologist gave me specific instructions not to fly for a year. I was devastated!
I planned to be a Team Captain for the Sickle Cell Walk with the Stars will be a walk and 5k run held in Baltimore Maryland. It was my intention to help the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America raise funds for finding better treatments and a cure for Sickle Cell Disease. In addition the walk will seek to create an awareness, education, and advocacy for the disorder. Sickle Cell Walks will be carried out across the Nation creating a surge of advocacy and awareness surrounding Sickle Cell Awareness Month.
Thankfully, 2015 Miss Black US Ambassador, Ebony Andrews and 2016 Miss Black Teen US Ambassador, Sectra Okundaye will take my place and be the co-captains of Team Ambassador.
If you would like to support the cause, you can join Team Ambassador, or you can also find a walk/run in your area.