Team Michael to working to raise funds for Shannon Medical Center and the kids of the Concho Valley!!
Michael’s parents, Dwayne and Tinesha, found out that he had sickle cell anemia just a few days after his birth. When they to San Angelo just four months later, they were relieved to know that Shannon could provide them the care that Michael would need.
Tinesha recalls Michael’s most recent pain attack caused by his disease. “It comes out of nowhere. His last episode started after he returned home from a Christmas party. He started complaining about the pain he was in, and within house, he couldn’t walk and was screaming. We couldn’t do anything to stop the pain.”
Obviously, these painful attacks take a toll on Michael and his family. Tinesha says Michael’s pain crises are a time for the family to come together and remember the important things in life.
When Michael isn’t spending time at Shannon, he and his family are busy laughing and living life to the fullest. It’s when Michael starts sleeping a lot and getting lazy that both Dwayne and Tinesha pay special attention to whether Michael might be experiencing symptoms associated with his disease.
While there is no cure for sickle cell anemia, Tinesha says Michael seems to be experiencing fewer crisis moments than when he was younger. For this, they are thankful. They know, however, that each year it’s not if, but when, another pain crisis will hit for Michael.
When that crisis hits, they are thankful for the medical professionals at Shannon who can help him manage the pain. Michael is especially thankful for all of the equipment the Children’s Miracle Network has provided Shannon, so that when he is at the hospital, he doesn’t have to miss a beat to get the best care possible.