Kathryn Sanchez: Doubling her mission
When someone asks me what my major is, they are usually surprised by my answer of government and biology. Most people feel that the two are so very different. However, I hope to do research in biology while also learning about the policy-making side of research. With this dual knowledge, I hope to become an avid researcher in MS and promote this research to the politicians who make important legislation.
When my father was first diagnosed with relapsing-remitting MS in 2007, I was only 13 and had little understanding of it. He had numerous medical examinations, only to be told over and over again, “You don’t fit the profile for MS.” Well, apparently he did, and he was finally diagnosed after confirmation from an MRI and a spinal tap.
His diagnosis sparked an intellectual curiosity in me and changed my life’s journey. I had a change of heart my senior year of high school after realizing my love and knack for science. Up to that point, I hadn’t had the faith in myself to do research. And moving five hours away from home for college would be a difficult move. However, I know my father is proud every time we talk about his alma mater, National Mexico State University, which I am now attending, and he wouldn’t have it any other way.
My father's MS has progressed to secondary-progressive and our future financial situation is unpredictable, especially since his retirement. I know how lucky I am to have received the National MS Society Scholarship, which put me one step closer to reaching my goal of a world free of MS by helping me get an amazing education.