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BBC Article featuring Jenica Leah

Life After Shielding With Sickle Cell

I’m looking forward to life after shielding with sickle cell, despite some of the anxieties I have about what the new normal will be like.

Like many others living with sickle cell, I have been shielding since March 2020 when sickle cell was named as a high risk condition in the covid-19 pandemic.

My experience shielding is definitely a period of my life I will never forget and although I initially thought it would be a great time to rest and recover – from a hip operation I had in February 2020 – It did at times become overwhelming for many reasons.

As the government lifts the restrictions allowing those in high risk groups to end shielding and go out from 1st August 2020, I shared some of my thoughts in this BBC Three article along with other young shielders.

Young shielders: ‘Isolation felt like a parallel universe, but I'm scared to leave’
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It will be interesting to see what life will be like after shielding with sickle cell, as I still have some anxiety about being ‘free’ but I feel like the best thing for me to do, as the title of the great book goes, is ‘Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway’.

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