"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.

"Get up in the morning and the one of the first things I think about is what I’m going to wear. Depending on how I’m feeling I may throw on a nice outfit such as the one pictured.


elijah on bench

"In between classes or after I’m finish with classes, I often come sit on the bench on campuses depending on the weather. I take this time to study and get caught up on my work.

"I make sure I keep water and pain medicine with me throughout the school day just in case I experience a pain episode."

pain episode protection

Elijah speaks about sickle cell disease

"Depending on what we are going over I may be giving a lecture during class. On this particular day I was presenting my senior thesis on Sickle Cell Disease."

"While I’m at school I’m working extremely hard in all my classes. I try to keep my stress at a minimum because I know that’s one of my main crisis triggers. This is my last semester. In December I will have my bachelors of science in Biology and have my title as a 'Morehouse Man.'"

Elijah at Morehouse College Sickle Cell Disease