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Self Care

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You have an incredible role to play in the care and management of your sickle cell disease. The actions you take every day in what you eat, how you move your body, and even your feelings and beliefs have a tremendous impact on your health. Working with doctors and other healthcare providers is critical but, between appointments, the responsibility for improving your wellbeing and health falls to you. There are a wide variety of self-care techniques that can help you manage some aspects of your symptoms. These self-care techniques can be used in combination with clinical care or on their own. Visit the self-care modules below to learn more about strategies you can use to help manage your symptoms.

Hear about treatment approaches from Sickle Cell Warriors:

Hear from Dr. Wanda Whitten-Shurney, M.D., about treatment recommendations. Dr. Whitten-Shurney is a Pediatrician and the CEO/Medical Director for the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America, Michigan Chapter:

This video describes how self care can help with your chronic pain symptoms:

Human dummy with acupressure points marked up and down the spine and back
Two men walking while in conversation
Communication Skills
A man working on tablet device while sitting at a desk
Goal Setting
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Managing Emotions
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A woman smiling and working in her garden
A woman in activewear doing sit ups
Physical Activity
a woman doing tai chi with a group of people
a woman meditating
A man in nature, smiling
a man doing tai chi on a mat in a field
Tai Chi
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Tailoring Your Environment
An attentive man in conversation with a woman
Understanding Triggers
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