Answer: This is a serious question that many teens with sickle cell think about. Today in the US most people with sickle cell live past the age of 50. In the near future, as medical care improves, we hope that the average lifespan of an individual with sickle cell disease will be close to “normal”.
The bad news – Sometimes young adults and rarely even teenagers do die from health problems related to sickle cell disease.
The good news – If you receive regular medical care and follow healthy living recommendations, you will be much more likely to live a long life.
Bottom line: You should plan on living a full life, but need to take care of yourself!