It is extremely hard to put into words what these 6 weeks in Uganda has meant to me. I have always had a heart for pediatrics, which is why I chose to pursue physical therapy in the first place. And before I even started PT school, I knew that volunteering after graduation was something I wanted to do. Denali and I spent countless hours researching locations and organizations where we would be able to put our passions and our skills to use. We had no idea what to expect but we returned home with an experience that was both unforgettable and life changing.
These kids have challenged me, taught me, and impacted me in ways I never could have imagined. It wasn’t always what we expected and sometimes it was honestly really frustrating and difficult, but I have no doubt that I am a better therapist because of it. We were fortunate enough to see significant progress in many of our kiddos during our short time with them. We can only hope that they will continue to be pushed towards the big goals we set for them because they all have so much potential!
Dee Nal, I don’t think there is anything I could say to express how grateful I am that we were able to go on this adventure together. I know it wasn’t coincidence that I found a friend who was willing to pursue this crazy dream with me. You constantly push me to be better and see things differently and I will forever be thankful for that.
I would not change this experience for anything and these kiddos in Uganda will always have a special place in my heart. These pictures and videos will be constant reminders to me that pediatrics is where I am meant to be.
“The things you are passionate about are not random, they are your calling”