How a Clinical Trial Participant Became an Advocate for the Sickle Cell Community

Shauna Whisenton was once an individual living with sickle cell disease (SCD). Now she’s an advocate for better therapies, a cure, and a better understanding of SCD. Whisenton’s journey was tough. She was hospitalized, received anti-rejection medications, and had to undergo chemotherapy. She persevered with support from family and her medical team. For Whisenton, treatment beyond the transplant was an important part of procedure preparation and recovery. This included coordinated care to provide relief from the symptoms of her disease and the transplant, including pain and detoxing from opiates, but also the physical and mental stress from the procedure. Read More…

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