Lexi Marty enjoys every aspect of how structured her life is.
Whether that’s on the soccer field at Bishop McGuinness, or participating in the Model U.N. Club, or volunteering at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, Marty said she is most comfortable when she is busy.
“Being busy and being structured is when I perform my best,” said Marty, a junior. “I need structure in my life. I’m not just someone who can sit around and do nothing. That drives me crazy.”
Marty has been playing soccer since she was 5 and has been a three-year starter for the Villains as a defender.
But a serious back condition that was diagnosed last year meant she had to eliminate playing soccer for her club team, Greensboro United, which meant missing lots of relationship with teammates that were cultivated over the years and idle time — her true nemesis.
“I think the worst part of not playing club was coming home from school every day and not having anything to do, like go to practice,” Marty said. “And that was frustrating.”
She said she started to notice sharp pains in her back her freshman year. They came to a head during a game against Forbush.
“It got so bad they had to take me off the field,” she said. “I went to my doctor after that and they ran all kinds of tests until the MRI finally helped them figure out what was going on.”
Marty received a diagnosis of Scheuermann’s disease of the lumbar spine, a condition that produces increased forward bend and causes lots of pain.
“It was the result of just wear and tear from all my years of playing,” Marty said. “You don’t have surgery from it. I did physical therapy for almost 10 months and still have special exercises I do before games now to make sure I don’t have any problems. So far this year, I haven’t really had any issues. But I decided that I needed to stop playing club because it really wasn’t worth risking my health over. I knew I wouldn’t be playing college soccer and decided to just focus on high school.”
Marty, who is in National Honor Society and National Art Honor Society, raves about her experience volunteering at Wake Forest WFBMC, something she has been doing for four years. It has also helped her settle on a career path of becoming a nurse anesthetist.
“I’ve gotten to work in several different areas when I volunteer and put in about 120 hours every summer,” she said. “I always wanted to do something in the medical field, and this has really brought everything to light for me. I feel like my whole perspective has opened up because of it and I am so grateful for the program.”