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Alexis Ruiz

As a Texan, born and raised in San Antonio, I grew up enjoying ranching, fishing, and camping trips. As an only child, I became a skilled, imaginary veterinarian with my dog, Millennium, as my only patient. As a teenager, I proclaimed my passion for helping others through helping in my church's nursery and organizations such as Meals On Wheels and the Strong Foundation. The Strong Foundation and my church's nursery allow me to interact with children and connect with them. The volunteering I do is not out of duty but out of enjoyment. From volunteering, I have been able to find my love for interacting with children which led me to dream of pursuing a career involving children.

Three years ago I was injured playing volleyball and since then, I have been in and out of doctor's offices. Some doctors were able to minimize the pain but over time many were not able to help me. Since I was under the age of 18, I was limited to the variation of doctors who would see me. One of my worst experiences is when a spine and bone pediatric doctor requested many MRIs and tests, then came to the conclusion that nothing was wrong with me. A few months later I was blessed with a Rheumatologist, willing to see me at my age, who viewed the results that the other doctor received and immediately recognized multiple injuries. I now know that I have fibromyalgia, mild scoliosis, and three herniated discs. I did not only have poor service but also poor interaction with many of the doctors I saw. I believe that due to my experiences, I would like to pursue a career in the medical field involving children. In the end, I appreciate the journey I've gone through with my injury because it has allowed me to find who I want to be.