My eighteen year-old daughter, mia lives with sickle cell disease and is a high school senior, who will be graduating this Saturday, June 2nd. This is an unbelievable accomplishment for her, because her sickle cell pain can leave her hospitalized and in bed for weeks or months at a time. yet, my brave daughter—who i am proud of—managed to graduate on time and stay on the honor roll. She has even started an organization dedicated to empowering other teen girls with sickle cell disease to shine. It is called, je t'aime, which is French for i love you.
Mia is headed to college and desperately wants a mac book laptop computer before she starts. I was so hoping to get her one as her high school graduation gift. but, i am a single—stay at home mother of two girls—one with sickle cell and one with a form of autism called Asperger’s. With all the therapists and doctor's appointments for my daughters and supporting a household on a limited income—i simply cannot afford to get her one.