Early in my volleyball career I learned a tough lesson in overcoming adversity. I was a starter and leader on one of the premier club teams in Houston when I was diagnosed with Sever’s disease. As the Sever’s progressed I was left unable to walk due to the severe pain in both ankles and ultimately had to wear walking boots on both legs at the same time. I was unable to play but I attended all the practices and helped the coaches take statistics and do whatever else I could to support and cheer on my teammates. I enjoyed assisting the coaches and the comradery of my team, so my family traveled with me to all the local and national tournaments throughout this ordeal.
After outgrowing Sever’s, the long road back to playing included an enormous amount of physical therapy and training as prescribed by my doctors and athletic trainers. With the help of my coaches and teammates, I was able to work my way back up to the top team and ultimately start as an outside hitter. The lesson I learned was how important it is to have family, friends, great teammates and coaches that will help and encourage you when things aren’t going your way. I now know that I can do anything if I put a plan in place and work towards my goal even when the challenges seem insurmountable. My current goal is to be a student athlete in a program that will be a good fit for me athletically and academically. I believe I have the talent to compete for a college team and to become a surgeon because of my resilient nature, work ethic and ability to focus on what is important.