Sickle cell anemia is a rare disorder that targets red blood cells. It causes extreme fatigue, physical pain, and an array of infections. Currently there is no cure, but symptoms can be managed.
Lakiea Bailey was diagnosed with it when she was just 3 years old. Now at 38, she has achieved what many might think is impossible for someone with her condition.
In the StoryCorps Atlanta booth, she tells her mother, Doris Bailey, about the power of perseverance and is reminded about her mother’s approach to keeping her healthy following the diagnosis.
This story was recorded in partnership with the Atlanta History Center, which hosts Atlanta’s StoryCorps Booth.