Advocating for a better treatment

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How many times does a person has to almost die before she wakes up and says enough is enough? I believe motherhood put it all in perspective for me. I know that it is sad to say, but the way that the medical community treated me I thought it was true or it was my fault. I would always wait till the last moment to go to the ER and even though I was sick, my mind would go to the craziest of places.

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Should I dress up or down, should I cry or just suck it up and should I stand my ground or just continue to take the mistreatment that I knew was coming? All of this going through my body while it was in trauma because of my illness. That mentality came from years of being maltreated because of an illness I was born with! No one should fear the hospital…no one! This is the place where people are supposed to care and then treat without bias.

I will not say that all of my experiences were bad because it’s far from the truth. I will say that the traumatic ones are the ones that stick to you. I can tell story after story of being kicked out or discharged because of suspicion. That will take all day, but I will explain why I am speaking up now. I can’t sit back while the kids with my illness deal with what I did. I’m grown, and I can handle it a little easier, but kids don’t deserve this! They don’t deserve everything that is sickle cell also but that can’t be helped…mistreatment because of ignorance can be!

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