Welcome To We Eat 4 Life

My name is Shakeira Wesley and my husband’s name is Tyreke, we have two beautiful children named Tyson and Jordyn who have both been diagnosed with Sickle Cell Disease SS. I started this website because it seemed like every time we would ask our doctors what foods should our children be eating, they would give us this generic answer and say “Well, they should have a healthy diet just like anyone else”.
After doing some research on my own, I found out that wasn’t necessarily the case. I found countless stories of people who truly believe that the foods they ate helped to reduce the amount of pain crises they were having. Not only that, but eating the proper foods and taking vitamins can help build your immune system to help prevent you from getting sick and we all know that’s a plus when you have sickle cell. So join me and my family on this journey and take the pledge with us as We Eat 4 Life!!!

Sickle Cell Anemia, also known as Sickle Cell Disease, is a blood disorder that causes the red blood cells to become sickle shaped instead of round. Red blood cells have a protein in them called hemoglobin that transports oxygen throughout the body. People with sickle cell disease have abnormal hemoglobin which causes the red blood cells to be stiff/sticky and not move around the body as well causing blockage in the vessel walls. This can slow down or stop the flow of blood in the body causing excruciating pain known as a pain crisis. Sickle Cell Anemia is the most common inherited blood disorder in the United States.