Shelley-Ann Anderson was born in Toronto, Canada and migrated to Florida in 1990 because of the need to find a hospital that was advanced in the treatment of Sickle Cell Disease. She first sought treatment at Jackson Memorial Hospital and having moved to Broward County, sought treatment at Memorial Regional Hospital.
While dealing with this disease, Shelley-Ann graduated High School and went on to attend Palm Beach Atlantic University. Due to the constant hospitalization, she was forced to change direction and pursued a course study in Cosmetology.
Shelley-Ann is dubbed “Warrior” and rightly so, since birth, she has been battling Sickle Cell SS Disease. Many in like condition, would have buckled under the pains and pressures this disease brings, but not Shelley-Ann. She faces the daily challenges head on despite the devastating impact on her body.
During the time she was a patient at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, she was chosen to sit on the Pediatric Advocacy Group representing sicklers.
She has been called upon to give talks to resident doctors at NOVA University, on the importance of bedside care for patients with sickle cell.
Shelley-Ann remains hopeful that with the focus being given to sickle cell, a cure will be on the horizon.