Hello everyone, I am new to this site and I am glad to be a part. I feel that the blogs I have read so far are so familiar. Pain is a part of life when you have SC but it is not life. I really look forward to getting to know more people with SC and sharing their stories.

I have one question for people living with SC over 40. I will be soon forty next year and wanted to know if your pain got worst or better as you got older? I have learned over the years to manage my pain a great deal and have been hospital free for three years. So I just wanted to know how life has been for you over the 40 milestoner's.

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Comment by Andrea on September 2, 2010 at 8:47pm
Hi Kayonda,

I'm 45, and I'm sorry to have to tell you, but things tend to get progressively worse as you get older. From about 42 onwards I began to feel tireder, crises were deeper and lasted longer etc. It stands to reason - just about every condition will worsen as the body gets older. Why would SC be any different?

Now for the good news...

Once you start to take the extra care you need to prevent crises or other problems you may be experiencing, you'll find that EVERYTHING will get better! I eat differently, move more, throw out stressful situations and that has made all the difference in the world.

You ever heard about those 70 year old marathon runners who went from potato couches to supermen and women in their early 40's? It's 'cause they woke up and decided to change their diet, exercise, stress levels, or whatever...

I think that with SC it's even more important to make those changes once we get to this age.

Practice what Cheryl Richardson refers to as 'Extreme Self-Care', and things will improve despite getting older.

Maranatha!

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