Mike Fix with x-ray machine

After my time in the military, I became a truck driver but wasn’t very happy being away from home all the time,” he said. “I decided to do something about it and go back to school. I wanted to show my children that it is never too late to try a different route in life and that you should never stop learning. I want to be the best role model I can to them.”

Mike Fix spent eight years in the Army as a petroleum supply specialist, but since he was attached to a calvary squadron, he found himself performing a lot of different duties.  During that time, he discovered a love for the medical field.

“I learned a lot about life-saving techniques while serving in the Army, and they came in handy during my deployments, especially in Iraq,” he said. “I found I enjoyed it and that I had a knack for it. I didn’t want to be a nurse necessarily, and I ended up choosing to be an X-ray technician.”

He said he plans on getting a job in a local hospital’s interventional radiology department.

I chose radiology because I love helping and serving others,” he said.  “If I can help doctors deal with a patient’s problem by using minimally invasive procedures, that’s what I want to do. Medicine is making so much progress in these areas that major surgery can often be avoided.”

Returning to school was scary at first, and Mike said it has not always been easy.

“The hardest part about being a student has been balancing my home life and school life,” he said. “I still struggle with handling my children’s needs, running a business and working part-time at local store.  It’s difficult for sure, and I don’t get much sleep, but in the end, it’s all worth it.”

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