My name is Jamie Stewart, and I want to share my story about my son’s battle with sickle cell disease.
In October 2013, my son was six months old, and I got a phone call from a representative with the Mississippi Health Department saying she needed to meet with me about my son’s health. When she arrived, I got nervous because I didn’t know what to expect. She entered the house and introduced herself, and then told me why she had come. She told me to give my baby to somebody in the house because I might get emotional. She then said, “when your baby was in the NICU because he was premature, they ran tests on him.” She said one of the results showed that he had sickle cell disease. I immediately started crying and questioning her. She said to calm down. “It’s not as bad as you think.” I was distraught and nervous because I was under the impression that my baby was healthy when he left the NICU. Then she went on to tell me he had sickle cell “SC,” which is a milder disease and gave me information to read to get a better understanding.
We have been battling this for eight years, but our good days outweigh the bad days. He is in and out of the hospital because he has pain crisis, acute chest, flu, avascular necrosis, etc. But through it all, God has been good to us, and I thank him every day. I thank God for all of our supporters. John Anderson III is now 8 years old.
My son is a strong fighter who doesn’t give up no matter how sick he is, and I am a praying mother for my child. I will do everything to ensure he gets the care he needs to keep him well. If you are going through something, give it to God, and he will bring you through.
A scripture that sticks with me through this battle is Philippians 4:13 – “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” I will trust God’s process, and that my son will be healed and delivered from this disease. I thank God for giving me a chance to love again after the loss of my own Mom. And there is no love like a Mother’s love for her child.
Story written by Jamie Stewart