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      Earlier this week I blogged about Kennedy and a pretty serious health scare. But for whatever reason, it did not post to the website. I chalked it up to me being tired or possibly divine intervention. I figured I was not meant to write or worry about it. So, I focused on the positive.

      Today, I can share what happened. Kennedy had to have some blood work redone because the doctors thought she could have sickle cell anemia. Sickle cell is an inherited disease that causes the red blood cells to sickle, or take on a c-shape. It can shorten life expectancy to 40 or 50 years, lead to stroke or organ damage, and is generally a painful, life-long condition. It terrified me to think I could have passed a disease like this on to my child.

      Today we found out Kennedy DOES NOT have the condition, but she does carry the sickle cell trait. That means she'll have no health ramifications, but will have to be educated about it if she decides to have children. The news was a huge sigh of relief because I could not imagine Kennedy being in that kind of pain. It also reminded me there is only so much loving and protecting I can do. There are some things that can and will happen to your child that are out of your control. All you can do is enjoy every moment with them and be thankful for their good health.

      I'm more thankful than ever today.

      Shenikwa

      sstratford@nbc24.com

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