Judy Gray was four when the pain first struck. As mysterious as it was
excruciating, Judy’s anguish confounded the local doctor, who advised her mother to apply liniment. It was not until Judy was a teenager that
another doctor informed her aunt of the real cause of Judy’s agony – something called sickle cell anemia. The social mores of that time, however, dictated that adults discussed nothing of substance with children.
So Judy learned little about her ailment other than it could cause her
to die. A frightened Judy simply put sickle cell disease out of her mind
and suffered in silence as she went on with her life.
Readers will follow Judy’s journey through college, a teaching career, a
short-lived marriage, and the raising of a daughter while enduring
severe pain episodes. All the while, exhaustion was her constant
Living with Sickle Cell Disease: The Struggle to Survive is a story of
Judy Gray Johnson’s perseverance in the face of living... More > with a
little-understood chronic illness.< Less