I am a Nigerian-American and I was one of those lucky 3 out of 8 African-Amreican kids who got sickle cell disease. There are three types and I got sickle cell anemia. For those who may not have learned about this disease in bio then let me put it in a nutshell. Sickle cell is a genetic disorder that make the hemoglobin(protein that gives blood oxygen) abnormal. This makes red blood cells hard and sometimes this makes the cells unable to pass through the veins causing extreme pain. I'll tell you how it affects my life in the next posy because I have to get off to get ready for orchestra.