With this disease comes many struggles including struggles with school. Starting in 9th grade was when my health started to take a turn for the worse and I started missing school. Teachers told me they didn’t have time to help and to go ask my friends to help me with what I missed (when I would miss weeks at a time). Before my sophomore year, I moved due to some family changes and that year started at a new high school. Somehow this was a blessing in disguise because it helped tremendously throughout my high school career. The teachers and counselors were very helpful when it came to my health. They recognized when my health was declining and were there to help me every step of the way. 10th grade was also when I went on homebound, this is when teachers teach you outside of school, due to my health getting too bad. I did not want to go on homebound, I thought that was giving up or giving into this disease, but eventually I said yes because I knew that I needed to do it for me, and that was a good enough reason. 11th grade I got a little better, at least to go back to high school part time. I knew that if I kept staying home that I was letting this disease win, even though every decision was for my own benefit and wellbeing. 12th grade I finished high school even finishing up a math class I didn’t finish in 10th grade. My senior year I went back to school full time beside one class still homebound (although I met with the teacher at school once a week) I just had a later start time, due to the fact the mornings are hard with my arthritis. I am proud to say I graduated with honors and never gave up or gave into this disease. Some of my teachers let me finish a couple classes into the summer but I was allowed to walk with everybody else on graduation day. It is hard to admit when you need help, but sometimes it is for the greater good. You always have to keep looking for the light at the end of the tunnel. My light was to graduate, go to prom, and get accepted into the college that I have dreamed about since I was in 7th grade. I knew what I have always wanted to do with my life and I am grateful for that. I am proud to say that I have accomplished all those things and am now on to the next chapter which is college. And with that I just take one day at a time as well. My first year of college was a little rough but I got through it. I am making up one class and finishing another this summer because I was sick throughout the year. I got through each of the hard times just striving and pushing harder to finish. For all of you out there that may have some challenge that is put in your path, there is always a way to accomplish anything you set your mind to. You might need some help along the way but that is okay, as long as you never give up and believe in yourself anything is possible.