For the more than 80,000 Americans diagnosed with sickle cell disease, "Hope & Destiny" provides clear-cut and in-depth information on living with the illness. It offers the latest information on preventing complications, research, and treatment. The knowledge patients and family members need is organized in an easy-to-read format that promotes overall healthy living. New and expanded chapters include: * Anti-sickling therapy with hydroxyurea and other therapies* Blood transfusions for complication prevention* Bone marrow transplants as cures for some and new hope for many more* Gene therapy* Nutrition--the foods and supplements that help prevent sickle cell complications* Pregnancy and issues surrounding reproduction, prenatal diagnosis, PGD and IVF, and cord blood banking. In addition, all of the resource material is updated and expanded, and even includes information on how patients can help researchers.