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I AM SFC/WDC with SCT
My Story: I am a Sergeant First Class in the United States Army. On September 14, 2006, at approximately 6:45 am, I just completed the required Army Physical Fitness Test. This test involved a vigorous two mile run. Upon crossing the finish line for the two mile run in 16:00 minutes. I found myself breathing extremely heavily and needed to catch my breath. To find a moment of solitude, I closed my eyes. Once I closed my eyes I soon after collapsed. I was cognizant as to of my location and what happened, but could not open my eyes. When I attempted to everything began spinning out of control. Soon after, the EMT was called and I was taken to the local hospital. After a battery of tests complete, the on-call physician came into the room and asked me if I had any kidney problems. I said ‘No.” His reply was, "You do now.” I was confused about this as I had never had any symptoms to indicate that I had kidney issues. He named symptoms of such and none were related to me. My CPK level was over 10,000, which was off the charts and at a life threatening rate. I was given an IV and told to go rest for the day.
After a few hours of resting I did not feel better. Around 16:30 my classmates came into the barracks to see if I was ok, I told them that I had not gotten better and no water, juice or any other liquid would stay down. I tried to eat solid food, but the banana would not stay down. At this point the Staff Duty was called and I was taken back to the hospital for the second time that day. The on-call doctor on the evening shift took one good look at me and admitted me into the hospital. The toxins in my body were so high that my kidneys started to shut down. It was determined that they had shut down at 50% each. I had also developed a case of vertigo as well. I remained in the hospital for more than four days linked to different IV’s. They were able to bring my CPK down to the 1200's. At this point I had no idea what to think as the doctors could not figure out why this happened, the only conclusion they came up with was dehydration... FOR MORE INFO ON MY STORY FOLLOW MY TWITTER @iamwdc
To re-educate the community about the sickle cell trait.
Many of us are impacted by Sickle Cell Trait daily and growing numbers are not aware.
The impacts of the disorder affect all people and especially people of color and diverse backgrounds Be in service with me and others as we create a greater awareness on how to identify and direct treatment of the Sickle Cell Trait and support families in knowing how to overcome Sickle Cell Disorder.
WDC on SCT has dedicated his Organization to educate the human race on Sickle Cell Trait (SCT is HbAS) also known as The Silent Killer, by a low cost to free mobile screenings, distributing information and presentations, written and visual about SCT. Our Organization will travel the world to caution Children, Parents, Teachers, Coaches and all Branches of Service; the critical need of testing for the Sickle Cell Trait that can cause life-threatening complications of exercise, exertional heat illness (exertional rhabdomyolysis, heat stroke, or renal failure) or idiopathic sudden death.
WDC sparks conversation about this 108-year-old condition and disease within the communities of people that are living and thriving with these conditions. Opening the door to conversation provides an outlet for people that may have otherwise remained silent to speak out through the online radio broadcast and several social media outlets such as Facebook and Twitter
Goals & Activism
*Providing low cost to free screening to communities across the state of California
*educating our students in public schools and college campuses to listen to their bodies during exercising or play sports because our youth are collapsing during various sporting events and the coaches and family members have no idea the gene is even in the family
*Encouraging genetic testing and counseling so that people are aware of the gene they carry the gene and ask their mate if they have the sickle cell trait.
*Encouraging the importance of taking our health seriously; because we are not 100% sure of all the ways this one gene is affecting our bodies. Symptoms include fatigue, joint pains, dehydration, neuropathy, heart disease heat stroke and over time organ failure, which can result in sudden death if left untreated. Rhabdomyolysis.
WDC on SCT