UK News: Author Jenica Leah Creates Series Of Children’s Books Promoting Sickle Cell Awareness


Author: Jenica Leah

‘My Friend Jen’ is a series of children’s book written by Jenica Leah with the aim of promoting sickle cell awareness and a better understanding of the critical blood disorder. 

The first book in the series, entitled: ‘A Little Different’ explains the basics of sickle cell in a subtle yet fun and informative way.

Jenica says:

Writing a book related to sickle cell is something that I have thought about doing for a very long time. I have always wanted to do something to create more awareness of the condition and to help others living with it, but I used to think ‘how can I help anyone else if I’m not able to help myself?’ After taking control of my life and my health, I finally got to a stage where I was ready to do what I had always thought about doing. That being said, there was not a strict plan to sit and write a book. I am a firm believer in the saying ‘Nothing happens before it’s time’, and that saying is true to this situation. This book was birthed out of a balance of divine time and energy.


Sickle cell disease is the name for a group of inherited conditions that affect the red blood cells. The most serious type is called sickle cell anaemia.

It mainly affects people of African, Caribbean, Middle Eastern, Eastern Mediterranean and Asian origin. In the UK, it’s particularly common in people with an African or Caribbean family background.

People with sickle cell disease produce unusually shaped red blood cells that can cause problems because they don’t live as long as healthy blood cells and they can become stuck in blood vessels.

Sickle cell disease is a serious and lifelong condition, although long-term treatment can help manage many of the problems associated with it. CLICK HERE for more information.

‘My Friend Jen: A Little Different’ is available to purchase on Amazon.


Well done Jenica.

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September 2016
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