BY Cara Sorrell

In December 2015, I walked across the stage of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s commencement ceremony with a Bachelor of Science in human factors psychology, a degree that combines engineering and psychology, and a minor in aerospace life sciences. As I accepted my diploma, I couldn’t help but think about how far I’d come.

I’ve always had goals and dreams, but everything seemed to stop the moment I was diagnosed with synovial...