Lucy Li is currently a first year medical student attending University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle. She was born in Chinatown, Oakland, California. Lucy had been born with a cleft lip and palate. This along with being the daughter of two immigrant parents posed challenges she had to overcome and also helped her along her inspirational path to medicine. Her immigrant parents had trouble communicating their worries about her condition and treatment. Her surgeon alleviated these challenges by being patient as he listened to their worries. She faced similar challenges as she grew up in a community of friends and family who only spoke Cantonese. Lucy and her family moved to a predominately white suburb so she could assimilate better. As her English improved, her Cantonese deteriorated. Lucy's frustrations grew as a new language barrier came between her and her parents. Lucy began practicing the patience her surgeon had with her parents. As her patience grew, so did the fluency of their communication. Lucy's history with medicine and the growth of her communication with her parents have guided her interest in the science behind the human body and the impact of the relationship between a patient and provider.