When I was a little girl, my parents would always ask the question little kids love to answer, "What are you going to be when you grow up?" Of course, like most children that age, I would answer with "a singer" or "a policeman". It wasn’t until later, when I was diagnosed with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, that I had a change of heart. Every single day I was faced with pain that would cause my joints to lock up, and swell. I was unable to walk or bend my elbows for days at a time. I was being forced to do the opposite of what I loved doing, which was playing softball. The doctors told me it would be best if I searched for new hobbies. Because of my arthritis, my knees turned inward, making my running and jumping sort of awkward. I did not want to quit playing the sport I loved, so we begged for more options. For me, quitting softball was not one of them. The doctors recommended physical therapy. I agreed, and on the day I started my first session, I introduced to the profession I would dream of pursuing for the rest of my life. The therapist looked like they were having a blast doing what they were getting paid to do. It was so inspiring.
Now it is my time to decide my future paths. When I think about what I want to be, I want something that would allow me to make a difference in people's lives, all the while having the ability to do different things. I feel that being a PTA would allow me to do both. I will not only get to work with patients who are battling diseases and injuries, but also loss of mobility. It will be my duty, along with the supervision of a Physical Therapist, to get them back to maximum functioning and hopefully live a normal and productive life. I want to be able to say that when I return a patient back to their family and lives, I improved them to a much better condition than when I initially met them. With this profession, I know that my patients and procedures will be ever changing. To me, this means my quest for knowledge will...
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