Hello, my name is Lory I am a 23 year old woman. In high school I played 3 sports. As I begin to run track I started to get very fatigued, have joint pains and always dizzy. I thought it was because it was super hot on the field. By the time junior year came, I was no longer a runner, strictly high jumper because after running the 400 or 800 I would literally have to be carried off the field. I loved track but when the time came for me to go to college, I chose to accept a full ride basketball scholarship. At this time I didn’t know what was going on with me, I just thought my body was used to indoor sports. My freshmen year of college i played in Missouri and after about the third week of preseason my body completely shut down. No matter how hard I pushed, I couldn’t keep up with the team and one day after sprints my coach told me college ball isn’t for everyone and it was time for me to pack up and go back to California. The next morning I got up around 3 and went to the gym and just ran and ran and ran to the point I had all body aches and was throwing up. Two days later I couldn’t get out of bed, my coach came to my dorm, picked me up and took me to the hospital. At that time I found out I was anemic, never been told that; didn’t even know what it was at the time. I had to fly back home and have an emergency blood transfusion. I was reluctant of that because my aunt was given a blood transfusion before and was infected by hepatitis C. So at the point I decided to stay home, visit the doctor regularly and take the iron pills and vitamins that were given to me. My hair fell out and I was not allowed to do any activity at that time. After about 4 months I went on to play ball again, getting another scholarship. My junior year of college I got pregnant, I was extremely sick, had episodes of the biggest migraines to where I didn’t want to open my eyes, my body ached, I could’nt eat and at 5 months I didn’t even look pregnant. They diagnosed me as having gastritis and if they didn’t cure it in time it will turn into stomach cancer so I went home once again, at my 7 months check up they tell me I have sickle cell trait. My question is I have been getting check ups and physicals my whole life. What took so long for them to realize I had sickle cell trait?? Reading on it now, I could’ve died exerting my body so much, not knowing I had it how would I have known to ask my husband if he had it. If he would’ve our child could’ve gotten the disease! I’m just so confused because I am not understanding how they couldn’t have known. I do find comfort in knowing I am not alone but with that being said, neither one of my parents are carriers nor any of my 6 siblings have it. The doctors I have spoken with don’t have the answers I seek. Yes, my great aunt had the disease but she’s the only one I know of who had it and she passed long ago in Angola. I just want answers.