Meet J-Carrie

Jordan Epps, Age 21, from Kent, OH

When Jordan was diagnosed with sickle cell disease as an infant, her mother had a hard time imagining Jordan’s future. The blood disorder can cause problems ranging from severe pain and organ damage to growth impairment and strokes.

Since birth, Jordan has been a patient at Akron Children’s Hospital’s Showers Family Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders. At a young age, she was often hospitalized for up to a week for blood transfusions.

At 6 years old, she had surgeries to remove her spleen and gallbladder. When she turned 13, she began taking medication to control her illness.

Today, Jordan is an active college student and continues to see her doctors for routine checkups.

Her secret to being positive and successful? Staying true to herself.

Growing up, Jordan would often compare herself to others. She wasn’t able to do things at the same pace, but she learned she could do things her own way, and in her own timing.

Jordan says that when you have an illness or ailment, you can’t let that stop you from having a normal life. She always remembers to take pride in how far she’s come.

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Carol Friedman

I believe I had Jordan in my class in 4th grade. She was positive and strong then! Go Jordan- so proud of you.


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