Sickle Cell Anemia and Family Growth

Document Type


Publication Date

Spring 2022


School of Nursing


Sickle cell disease is an inherited blood disorder that affects red blood cells. The blood cells become shaped like a crescent (sickle) and it is difficult for the cells to fit through small blood vessels. This then creates an issue with proper blood flow to all parts of the body and will eventually cause damage. This blood disorder is a recessive disorder, meaning if both parents carries genes for it, the child would only have a 50% of having the disorder. The movie Strain shows an affected family with a child who has the disorder. It shows how this disorder affects the family as much as it does the child.