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Talking to Your Doctor

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Management of sickle cell will likely require a team approach that includes multiple doctors and health care providers. A health care team for sickle cell might have a good primary care doctor in addition to specialists and other medical professionals as needed. Ultimately, the most important member of the team is the person with sickle cell as the one responsible for learning about the illness and making necessary changes in daily habits.

Navigating care for conditions like sickle cell can be a challenge and may seem daunting. Below are some tips and resources that you can use for before, during, and after your doctor visits.

Hear from Cheryl Holden, a Sickle Cell Warrior, about the value of a good relationship with you doctor.

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:

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