Elijah

I felt like I proved a lot to myself. I mean, it felt good to prove everybody else wrong, but I was proving a lot to myself: that despite whatever circumstances you might have in your life you can still do what they say you can't do.

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Dennis

“There is a cure, but everybody can't afford it, and everybody ain't medically ready for it, or everybody ain't got the family structure to take it on. They got a stem cell, but you gotta have a medical match.”

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Nesha

“That's actually what I talk about a lot on my YouTube channel, Nesha's Life. Basically, how to still live a life, go on vacation with my family, go out with my friends...my thing is, sickle cell can't stop me...”

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Rod

“We got a diagnosis of my daughter having sickle cell disease when she was two. She has SS. Back then, it wasn't a whole lot known about sickle cell. We didn't know at the time they were crises, but she would just all of a sudden start screaming and hollering for no apparent reason.”

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Angelo

"I’ve seen it, and we’ve experienced it many times. The thing is, Marqus, he’s quiet, but when he’s in pain everybody knows. It gets me mad especially when they think ‘well, you don’t look like you’re in pain.’"

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Sick Cells
Elijah

"My name is Elijah M. Powell. I am a last semester Senior at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Ga. I am a biology major with the aspirations of becoming a Pediatric Hematology Nurse Practitioner. I have sickle cell disease-SS."

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