Sickle Cell Disease In The Emergency Department: Confronting Barriers To Care

Constance Benson

Constance Benson has experienced firsthand barriers to proper care in the ED as a patient with SCD.

“You’re too pretty to have a disease,” declared the nurse in the emergency department (ED) dismissing Constance Benson’s reports of unbearable pain, a byproduct of her sickle cell disease (SCD). Constance, who is in her late twenties, is a professional actress and model living in Kennesaw, GA.