Alexis Miller has been my best friend since we were two years old. I met her at my very first dance class and we have been inseperable since. She is the most courageous, strong, and sweet girl I have met and had the pleasure to call my best friend. Over the past five years, she has battled a seemingly insurmountable amount of illnesses and injuries. It started with her ankle. Five years ago, she tripped on a root on a nature walk and ended up with the worst kind of sprain one could do to an ankle without breaking it. While it was healing, she noticed that it didnt seem to be getting any better. The doctor diagnosed her with a rare bone disease that inhibited her ankle from healing correctly. To this day, her ankle is still swollen and painful at times to walk on for her. After that, when she was recovering, she started getting sharp, stabbing pains in her stomach. She quickly got an appointment to get it checked out at the hospital and it turned out she had a hiatal hernia and was quickly rushed into the emergency room to get surgery. When she got home and was recovering yet again, she broke out in a horrid rash all over her stomach and body. It wasn't just any rash, it was a ruthlessly spreading rash so yet again she rushed to the doctor. After many tests, they concluded that Alexis was highly allergic to the iodine gel that was used to prep her for the surgery that had just saved her life. After all these events, Alexis has developed acid reflex, tachycardia hyperthyroidism, Celiac's disease, and iron-deficiency anemia. She has to read the ingredient list on just about everything from food to shampoo to insure that she isn't allergic to anything in them. But all her hardships in her 18-years of life so far aren't what make her my hero. She is my hero because of the smile she keeps on her face and the amazingly gigantic heart she has. She hasn't once let anything get her down or in her way. When she first hurt her ankle, she was unable to dance with us. But luckily this past year, she was able enough to rejoin us for our senior year at our studio and will graduate with us up on stage. She teaches dance to young girls and is an assistant art teacher. She plans to go to college for Art Therapy and is so dedicated to giving her time and her talents to others. I love Alexis so incredibly much and this is why she is my hero.