Now let’s talk about another primarily Black problem, and the benefits of delayed gratification. For some months now, a friend of mine has been here in the U.S, undergoing treatment to cure his sickle-cell aneamia, and I have been wanting to tell you all about it for so long. Especially in January, when he began his chemotherapy. I wanted to ask you all to support him during his toughest time, and just as importantly I wanted to let other sickle- cell sufferers know about this free study being conducted by the National Institute of Health.
According to my friend Bisade, it took him and his family about 2 years of communication and sending lab results back and forth, to get into the program, because it requires a high percentage match between donor and patient. However since he’s been here, he’s had nothing but good things to say about the medical teams treating him. The procedure is extremely advanced, with a high rate of success, and is offered at no cost to the patient.
At this point, Bisade has been released from the medical facility and is being monitored on a weekly basis from home. The good news is that he’s doing well, and looking forward to living a healthier life.
The even better news is that throughout his treatment, he kept a blog where he documented the whole procedure. He talks about his treatment, results, and feelings throughout his stay on his blog, and is working on cleaning it up documentary-style to make it more useful to those who may be interested.
So if you are a sickler looking for a solution, or have a friend who is one, it is a great resource for anyone who wants to get into the program, and can make the commitment and trip to come over here and get it done.
Stop by his blog @ dayHundred.tumblr.com for more details.