Thea: Transitioning Her Son to Adult Sickle Cell Care
Thea is a mother and sickle cell caregiver for her son, Julian, who has sickle cell disease. Thea walks through the ways in which she helped him prepare for this transition throughout his senior year of high school.
Thea is always there for Julian, especially when it comes to his sickle cell disease, but she has also worked hard to help him feel empowered to manage his own care.
The severity of pain caused by sickle cell can range from no pain to mild pain to severe pain. Likewise, the methods to relieve pain also can be different. Here are some good general rules to follow:
You might find that you can get pain relief with options other than medicines. It is important to discuss all pain management approaches with your healthcare provider to figure out what is best for you.