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Chronic Illness On Person And Environment

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Sickle Cell Anemia

Patricia A. Walton
HCS 331 Psychosocial Impact of
Chronic Illness on Person and Environment
Professor Alayna Defalco
June 14, 2015

“Sickle cell disease is an autosomal recessive disorder of blood cells caused by a genetic defect of the beta-globin chain of adult hemoglobin (HbA). The mutant forms of hemoglobin are sickle hemoglobin (HbS) because HbS polymerizes in deoxygenated blood, causing red blood cells to form a sickle shape. Normal hemoglobin has a biconcave disc shape that allows for maximum transportation of oxygen” (George, Mitchell, Mitchell, Eason, Fuh, & Embse, 2014).
The unpredictable, recurrent, fatal nature of SCD illness difficulties indicates an extremely complicated illness for parents to handle. Parents live with constant concern, a limited social life, and a major obligation to shelter their children from ecological stimuli. “In the Igbo community in Nigeria a study was performed and people with SCD symptoms are more likely to be viewed as malevolent. People affected by HIV/AIDS have been stigmatized in Canada because of the illness’s perceived high risk pf contagion, its incurable medical status, and its perceived links with marginalized groups in society. These factors are relevant to SCD because it is an incurable illness and predominantly affects racial and ethnic minority groups.”(Jenerette, Coretta, Brewer, & Cheryl, 2010).
According to Jenerette, Coretta, Brewer, & Cheryl (2010), “The reliability of young African
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