Milwaukee, June 20, 2017 - High school senior Andreau Dorsey has endured complications from her sickle cell anemia since birth, but it was in middle school that the regular pain hit. The sickle cell-related pain most often strikes her knee, at least weekly – and sometimes daily. “It’s a sharp, throbbing pain,” says Dorsey, 18. “It fluctuates and is highly affected by how I move, so I’ve tried to do things that make it hurt less. I’ve always had to be conscious of not overworking myself and doing as much as other kids. I used to take pain medication a lot, but I don’t want to be popping pills all the time, so I will immediately resort to putting heat on it and rest, and only take medicine if that doesn’t work.”

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