I was born and raised in Albuquerque New Mexico. From a young age I was exposed to life changing experiences. My mother struggled with addiction and struggled to take care of herself, much less her children. This left my sister and I with a rocky upbringing and a single father. By the age of twelve I was diagnosed with Chiari malformation type 1. At the age of fourteen I had my first craniectomy surgery and at fifteen I had my second surgery where I was released from the hospital Christmas eve. Less than a month later I had complications that put me back in the hospital for two months where I spent most of it in a coma. I am lucky to be alive and well. For the remainder of my high school career, I struggled with mental health and mustering the strength to go to school. By the time I reached college, my mental and physical health significantly improved. I have maintained a 3.8 GPA and am working toward a Ph.D. My goal is to help children through difficult situations like myself. Children deserve happy childhoods and do not need to work through these things alone.