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srsbsnsrunner (profile) wrote,
on 9-15-2013 at 7:33pm
“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” – Howard Thurman

For as long as I can remember, I always wanted to have a career in medicine. At first I wanted to become a general practice physician but for the past few years, my passion has been physical therapy. There wasn't one defining moment that made me change my mind, there were many. At first, I was skeptical of physical therapy as a career because I had spent so much of my life in and out of the physical therapy office, between multiple sprained ankles and sublexed knees, I became a regular at my local physical therapy office.
It wasn't until my junior year of high school that my passion began to change. I had signed up to become a student athletic trainer. I wasn't athletic myself but I wanted to be involved somehow. Learning about the human body and mechanisms of injury fascinated me. I would look forward to going to class and learning the different ways to tape an ankle or a knee to send the player back into the game. That was just a drop in the bucket for the passion for physical therapy that would follow.
My senior year of high school, my friend talked me into joining cross-country, at that point in my life I wasn't even able to run a mile without stopping to take a break. I kept at it though and as I kept pushing myself further and further, I kept thinking about my body and how amazing it was. How with every swing of my leg, different muscles were lengthening and contracting, how my heart was beating and how my lungs were working. I was intoxicated with curiosity about my own body and it's inner workings. As I prepared to go to college, I decided that I would pursue a biology degree with a focus on physical therapy. Something inside me kept telling me this is where my passion is.
The more I dove into my studies of biology the more I enjoyed it. I loved human anatomy and physiology, I loved exercise physiology. I loved it all. I was hungry for more knowledge, so I decided to take a break from school after I graduated and took a job as a rehabilitation aide.
For the past three years, I have been a rehabilitation aide in different out patient clinics and I can say with certainty that I want to become a physical therapist, not a doctor, not a nurse, not a medical assistant, not a PA but a physical therapist. I wake up for work every morning excited to go, excited to learn more, to connect with patients, to share my passion with them. I look forward to leading patients through their exercises, answering what questions I can and educating them, making them more aware of their bodies and the way they move. I want to be able to take my passion further, go from rehabilitation aide to physical therapist. I want to wake up every morning even more excited to go to work because I know that I will make a difference to patients, the way my therapist made a difference with me.
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