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.