I was born with sickle cell anaemia.

It's a blood disorder

and it just means that sometimes my body just gets really run down and weak

because it's not getting enough oxygen.

It's a blood disorder which I have to deal with every day.

I have to be prepared for it because I don't want to be in pain.

When Pamela was born I spent all night just looking at my baby and crying.

I thought that she was going to die, honestly.

When I was 16 my condition worsened.

I was in and out of hospital constantly.

Now I'm going in every two months for a check-up

and every month for a blood transfusion,

so it's working at the moment.

In spite of my ill health I'm still determined to continue my schooling.

I want to finish, I want to go all the way to uni.

Sometimes when I go to open evenings and award-giving days

to see her achieving and receiving an award

for something that she has done,

it just gives me joy.

? When the oceans rise and thunders roar

? I will soar with you above the storm ?

(Pamela) I enjoy singing.

I do gospel choir at school. I love that.

I love being at church with all my friends.

My friends and family give me a lot of support

because they're always there to encourage me,

they always have something to say when I'm down.

Her passion and, I think, desire

to publicise sickle cell.

She is very passionate that this is not something that should be in a closet.

The person who really inspires me is Nelson Mandela.

He works hard and he sees the important things.

I always think to myself,

"I have to look at the important things in life

and not let sickle cell push me back."

I think it's important to celebrate black history

so you can see how other people have achieved through their difficulties,

and it makes you want to achieve also through yours.