Canadian-born to parents who migrated from the Caribbean island of Jamaica, like many, Ms. Campbell’s parents were unaware of the sickle cell genes they inherited from their ancestors and which they passed on to her. While in the care of her grandparents and experiencing her first painful attack (in her back and chest), Ms. Campbell was diagnosed with Sickle Cell Disease at the age of two years old.
Growing up, Ms. Campbell experienced the positive and negative attributes of living with Sickle Cell Anemia. She was able to build positive relationships with professionals and colleagues who encouraged and believed in her and in the same token, Ms. Campbell’s journey was also impacted by the psychological and mental effects of sickle cell disease (resulting from painful episodes, hospitalizations, and most importantly systemic discriminations she experienced). Oftentimes, Ms. Campbell was told that she was lucky to be living past twenty-five years and that she would not be able to have children. However, she beat both predictions and gave birth in 2014!
Sadly, due to one of the most excruciating painful episodes she has ever experienced from sickle cell disease, she missed her graduation from earning her Bachelor’s of Social Science Degree in Criminal Justice and this has made Ms. Campbell more determined to help and advocate for others who are living with the disease.
Armed with a diploma in Social Service Work, a Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice, and over 7 years of experience in Social Work, Ms. Campbell believes she has a lot to offer to families affected by sickle cell disease through the Sickle Cell Awareness Group of Ontario.
As a strong advocate, Ms. Campbell’s work is influenced by her core belief that the well-being of families and children is fundamental. Ms. Campbell’s aim is to work with clients to maximize their health and wellness outcomes. At the Sickle Cell Awareness Group of Ontario, Ms. Campbell provides inclusive social services support to families who are affected by Sickle Cell Disease. Most importantly, Ms. Campbell’s goal is to propagate change that will inspire optimism in those living with SCD.