Personal Statement : Sports, Karate, And Softball Essay

1573 WordsOct 31, 20167 Pages
Personal Statement For as long as I can remember sports have always been a part of who I am. I was always a very active kid growing up, in fact I played basketball, soccer, karate, and softball. Although I played all of these different sports, there was one that made a huge impact in my life, and that was softball. I was 10 years old when I stopped playing the other sports and focused more on softball. I played softball competitively during the summer and fall on travel teams for 8 years. Since I played this sport for so long you can imagine how much of a love I have for the game. I learned so many life lessons from the game that I probably wouldn’t have learned had I not played softball. When I was 15 years old I was diagnosed with Wegener 's Granulomatosis, an autoimmune disease that causes inflammation of the blood vessels in my nose, sinuses, throat, lungs, and kidneys. Seeing as I was so young to have been diagnosed with this rare disease, it was really difficult for me to understand why this was happening to me. There were a lot of new changes I had to make to my everyday lifestyle. I had to take medications every day to suppress the disease, I had to be more cautious around people that were sick because my immune system is low and I can catch illnesses easier, and since this disease affects my lungs I found it was more difficult to participate in running activities. Luckily, since I’ve had to deal with this for a few years now these changes have become like second
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