Author Judy Johnson Observes Sickle Cell Awareness Month

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Author of Living With Sickle Cell Disease: The Struggle to Survive is participating in two book signings during the month of September.

Judy Gray Johnson, author of Living With Sickle Cell Disease: The Struggle to Survive, is observing Sickle Cell Awareness Month by holding two book signings in September.

On Saturday, Sept.15, 2012, Judy will host a book signing of Living With Sickle Cell Disease at the Grounded Coffee Shop in Alexandria, Virginia, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

On Thursday, Sept 27, 2012, Judy will host another book signing in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, at the conference of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History.

Founded in 1915 by Dr. Carter G. Woodson, the father of Black History Month, ASALH is dedicated to the mission of promoting, researching, preserving, interpreting, and disseminating information about Black life, history, and culture to the global community.

Judy has spent her life coping with sickle cell disease. What is sickle cell disease? It is a group of inherited red blood cell disorders. Healthy red blood cells are round and they move through small blood vessels carrying oxygen to all parts of the body. However, the red blood cells of persons with sickle cell disease become hard and sticky and look like a C-shaped farm tool called a sickle. Sickle cells die early, which causes a constant shortage of red blood cells. Sickle cells can get stuck in small blood vessels and block the flow of blood and oxygen to organs in the body. These blockages cause repeated episodes of severe pain, organ damage, serious infections, or even stroke. Sickle cells don't move easily through small blood vessels and can get stuck and clog blood flow. This causes pain that can start suddenly, be mild to severe, and last for any length of time.

In Living With Sickle Cell Disease: The Struggle to Survive, Judy describes in crystal-clear detail how she endured repeated instances of insensitive treatment from doctors and nurses whenever she went to emergency rooms seeking relief from severe pain episodes brought on by sickle cell disease.

The book tells readers how Judy lived her life while enduring the incurable pain and fatigue. Living With Sickle Cell Disease: The Struggle to Survive is available in hard cover, paperback and e-book versions through For additional information on Judy, the book and placing orders, readers may visit Judy’s website at

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