Being the oldest of two younger siblings meant that I had to pave a pathway for success. I felt the urge to demonstrate to my siblings that with diligence and perseverance anything can be accomplished. Growing up with a single mother has taught me the value of education and how important it is to strive for a better future.
In 9th grade, I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA), a condition that affects the small joints of my body, which causes pain due to inflammation and makes daily tasks, such as turning a doorknob or tying my hair, difficult to do. Learning that the only way to monitor my condition was by taking medications and physical therapy was dispiriting. I felt as if I were in a moment in my life where I had to decide how I was going to approach this. I was either going to dread having a chronic condition such as RA, or see it as a pivotal moment in my life where I turned its negative effects into something that could motivate me to help others who are in similar positions as I am.
In the near future, I hope to become an ER physician who will help ease the pain of others and conduct research in search of cures for RA. With the help of America Needs You, I hope to achieve my professional goals, to grow as a person, and to be better prepared for the future.