I learned a long time ago to plan for the best but also to be a realist and prepare for the worst. The health challenges I’ve had since early in my life have shown me that since we cannot control everything, it is all the more important to live as much as possible when you can. When help and care have come from unexpected places, it has illuminated the goodness in other people. Living Life Quickly My life took a serious turn when I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis as a teen. Gradually, I lost my vision and had difficulty walking. Overhearing a conversation among staff, I heard that I…
Growing up in Santa Barbara, California, all I wanted to do was swim. A childhood spent playing all types of sports gave way to a focus on swimming by middle school. My first job was as a swim instructor, and by the end of high school, I had my sights set on one thing: a spot on the Stanford swimming team, to be coached by the 6-time Olympic Swim coach Richard Quick. Up until this point, swimming had been my main focus in life. Without it, who would I be? Swimming competitively at a college level was something that I was good at. It gave me a boost in self-esteem…
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