EMBRACE IT...FLEX FROM WITHIN!

I BELIEVE IN THE MUSCLE FROM WITHIN BC AT TIMES I BELIEVED THAT I WAS CLOSE TO DEATH! I SURVIVED THO. WILLING MYSELF TO KEEP ON FIGHTING AND TO NOT GIVE IN IS JUST AS TIRING AS LIFTING WEIGHTS. I BELIEVE IN LIFTING...JUST NOT WEIGHTS...ONLY SPIRITS!

 

#ONELOVE

 

We can #JUSTDOIT when we DO with SCDLIFE in mind!

GREYS ANATOMY TACKLES SICKLE CELL

Stephanie was working under Amelia on a case that proved to touch too close to home for Dr. Edwards. While rehabilitating a patient who’s had brain trauma and has trouble moving her body, Stephanie broke down, disclosing her painful childhood: as a young girl, she was put through a sickle cell clinical trial for years, which forever tainted her. When she had to force the brain-damaged patient to move through unbearable pain, her own memories rushed back. To make matters worse, a very jealous Jo (Camilla Luddington) told Amelia that Stephanie is lying, causing a rift in their friendship, which Hinton says won’t be easy to quickly repair.

Here, Hinton tells Variety an incredible behind-the-scenes story about her character Stephanie’s backstory. Plus, the actress teases what’s to come with her relationships with both Amelia and Jo, now that her history has been revealed.

Shonda Rhimes has said for a while that Season 12 would finally be when viewers learn more about Stephanie. What was your reaction to her backstory?
When we got the script, one of the things that I found interesting, in terms of why this is so triggering for her, is there something about the physical pain that is a very specific trigger for Stephanie. One of the early steps in making sense of the story for me was figuring out, what is it about this patient? Why is this different? I really do think it’s something about the physical pain of this woman. She’s being forced to push this women through such physical pain, and that’s the trigger for her and her childhood — that connects to what she went through as a child with the sickle cell trial and the traumatic things they’d do to her [like] being strapped to a table, being pricked with needles. It was a trial that lasted for a few years.

You actually pitched Stephanie’s backstory because your own cousin went through a traumatic sickle cell trial when she was a child, which really affected you. And now, she’s a doctor! How was the pitch process for such a personal event?
I pitched this story last year. I pitched it Shonda [Rhimes]. It’s scary as hell. It’s terrifying. When you pitch something so close to home and then they actually let you do it, everything perks up in your head that makes you feel insecure. She had let me know immediately that she liked the idea, she was fond of it. At that moment, that was all I really wanted to know. I was just eager to have a backstory for Stephanie, and I really wanted one that I could connect to. It wasn’t until a meeting a few weeks before we got the script that they said we’re cultivating that idea.

Since you experienced your family going through that trauma, you must have had a deeper understanding for Stephanie’s pain in this episode?
It’s so obvious to say that itdoes something to you. Even though you may not process it as a child, that kind of respoinsibility and what’s being done to you, even though it may feel terrible, what’s being done to you is going to be used to help millions of other people — hopefully, if it goes righ

IN THE BEGINNING "THEY" DID NOT KNOW OUR STRENGTH!

In the beginning...
From scientific research and point of view of their community:
Our lives would be cut short.
The short life that we did have would be painful and with additional illnesses caused by our illness.
If we did miraculously made it to adulthood...having kids will be out of the question. That will put mother and her children at risk for death.
WHEN ALL THEY THREW AT YOU ARE NEGATIVE CONCLUSIONS AND INFORMATION...YOU CAN'T HELP BUT THINK THAT THIS IS A CURSE.

BUT GUESS WHAT?
I'M STILL HERE 43 YEARS LATER WITH 2 TEENAGERS THAT I FIGHT FOR DAILY! YES...I WHOLEHEARTEDLY BELIEVE IN SCIENCE BUT I BELIEVE IN GOD/HIGHER POWER EVEN MORE!
I KNOW THAT I'M JUST A MERE PATIENT WITH NO DOCTORATES BUT I ADVISE THOSE THAT HOLD THEM...JUST LISTEN WITH AN OPEN MIND AND HEART. You'll learn more about the whole of SCDLIFE than just what you read in your book.

TEAMSICKLECELL...THIS IS JUST A FRIENDLY REMINDER OF HOW DOPE WE ARE.. HOW STRONG WE ARE.. HOW RESILIENT WE ARE! SOMETIMES SICKLECELL BRINGS US INTO THE EYE OF 100 STORMS ON A DAILY BASIS AND WE TEND TO FORGET TO REVEL IN THE REALITY OF HOW WE MADE IT THROUGH.
DON'T GET IT TWISTED... THE STUFF WE DEAL WITH.. THE STUFF WE HIDE BEHIND SMILES.. THE STUFF WE JUST SHRUG OFF.. YOU KNOW GOOD AND WELL THAT NORMAL/AVERAGE/REGULAR FOLK WOULD BE WHINING AFTER DAY 1!! IJS!! REMEMBER WHO YOU ARE!
REMEMBER HOW YOU DO!
REMEMBER WHAT YOU DO... THAT ALLOWS YOU TO MAXIMIZE ON THE GIFT GOD GAVE US ALLLL.

Woooo! the sky is the limit. Congrats to Diamond Ray for GRADUATING! Sickle Cell WILL NOT STOP YOUR DREAMS! #NoPainInThePlayroom

A SICKLECELL GENERAL FROM LAGOS NIGERIA IS 100+.....THX GMA DUCHESS JOY EL!

I am so confident in knowing that God knows my heart and my intentions. I am so confident in knowing that God has plans for me. I am so very sure that I am going in the right direction bc this journey I'm on is literally his road map. I will forever surrender to his will and listen when he speaks thru my gut/intuition. I will NEVER allow mere man to have power over Me when I already know who got me.
The devil can try and scheme to spread his hate thru ppl, things and day to day situations but he needs to understand that...just as easy as it is for me to see God in everything. Yep..I can also see the devil within even when he's disguised as something good. #IJS

Can I get an AMEN!!
Yes..I have SCD..UH HUH TRUE TRUE and yes...I have a dislocated hip STILL..UH HUH..and I have other MAJOR issues going on...yep and I basically LIVE IN PAIN..YESSS TO ALLL OF THAT.

BUT GUESS WHAT....THAT SHIT WON'T STOP ME! THAT DEVIL IS SOOO SNEAKY BUT HE JUST DON'T KNOW...I'LL MATRIX ON HIS ASS WHILE I TWO STEP(IN MY HEAD)...#IJS

He is in control! He hears your prayers! Just be patient!

Inspiration is VERY VERY important for those living with PAIN on a consistent basis.