I show support my chronic illness, lupus, by displaying one of the most common known symbols associated with it: a butterfly.

I show support to my chronic illness, lupus, by displaying one of the most common known symbols associated with it: a butterfly.

Hello everyone! My name is Fabiana Dávila-Viera and I’m very excited to be part of the AccessLocal.Tv team as a Neighborhood News Correspondent. I am 19 years old and I was born in Lima, Perú. My family and I moved here in 2000 when I was 5 years old. I graduated in 2014 from Saint Francis High School which is an all girls college preparatory. I am currently enrolled at Sierra College where I will be starting my sophomore year this fall.

When I was younger, sports were my life. At the age of 8 I joined the Sacramento Synchronized Swim Team and competed with them for 5 years. I then decided to switch to playing volleyball at the age of 13. I played on my school’s team and for volleyball clubs for about 3 years of my life. At the age of 15, I was diagnosed with a chronic illness which severely limited my physical activity. I could still play, but at a recreational level. When I found out my diagnosis, I took it pretty hard. I had to leave what I most loved to do at that point of my life, which was volleyball. While my illness closed me off from playing sports, it opened up my artistic side.

I’ve always been an artistic person, but never before took it all that seriously. At school I started taking art classes almost every semester, including an after school advanced placement class which I wouldn’t have been able to take if I would had still been playing volleyball. I took the dance class to meet my physical education requirement and joined the school’s hip-hop team. During my senior year I chose Literature and Film as my English class, which was a definite turning point in my life. For years I would disapprove of every single piece of writing I would compose until my senior year. While writing speeches for retreats and for my Literature and Film class, I started becoming proud of the work that I put out. This class taught me to appreciate my writing and develop a love for film which is why I plan in majoring in film studies when I transfer to a 4 year college my junior year.

From the second I saw the ad for this position, I signed up. It seemed to be an amazing opportunity to create content that really matters, explore my abilities in journalism, and expand my knowledge about film. It also seemed like a great way to explore Sacramento in many ways that I hadn’t in the 14 years that I’ve lived here.  I can’t wait to start learning more about my community through the articles and video that I’ll compose throughout the next few months.