My beautiful baby boy, Aiden, was born in 2008 and we were so excited to bring him home from the hospital. Three weeks later, we received the letter in the mail from the Texas Health Department stating my son has full blown sickle cell disease (SS). That is the day my world shattered into a million pieces. At that time, I didn’t know anything about sickle cell, only what I saw as a child growing up in Louisiana and that was children who had sickle cell was sick majority of the time, hospitalized and some died. Now I was starting my journey in life with my son walking in the same footsteps I once saw growing up. I was lost, confused, and sad and didn’t know what I was going to do.
I went to our first doctor’s appointment hoping to get some solid answers on how to minimize or even prevent crisis and I remember leaving the office feeling just as sad and lost as when I first walked through the door simply because I did not receive any helpful information. My son turned 1year old and the crisis started happening, he was hospitalized every 3 month with crisis and also blood transfusions. It was at that moment of his second blood transfusion is when I made a conscience decision to stand up and change from what I was doing.
Where did I turn? To nature, herbs and food. I started researching herbs to help the body produce red blood cells, increase oxygen and raise hemoglobin. The first supplement I started giving my son was liquid chlorophyll, which is found in all the leafy green vegetables, and he took this daily. I continued to educate myself and changed our diet to more of a plant based where he eats plenty fruits, vegetables, beans and lentils. Aiden’s current regimen today is taking Even Flo along with Chlorophyll, magnesium and D3. We drink alkaline water, coconut water, spring water, also 100% organic juice. Very minimum processed foods, no white sugars.. It has been almost 9 years and my son has not had a crisis.
I wrote my book about my personal journey in hopes to be an inspiration to others who are suffering and to let the world know there are other alternatives out there and you do not have to suffer, you can live a very healthy, normal and pain free lives.