by Nicole Krawczyk
edited by Alex Lorenzo
Upon throwing the flyer in the air, I knew something was wrong. The sudden pop and excruciating pain that followed were unbearable.
The thud of the flyer hitting the mats, the hushed whispers from my fellow teammates, were drowned out by an agonizing scream that came from me.
An ER visit showed that I had a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and meniscus in my left knee. The injury would require emergency surgery the following week.
For the next five months, I attended appointments three times per week. I endured painful exercises to try and regain my mobility and strength. It was a daily struggle.
I didn’t realize that, I had just discovered my future career path. Gary, my physical therapist throughout my entire recovery, ended up becoming my site advisor for internships and job shadows, and eventually my mentor.
During my internship at Nashoba Valley Medical Center, the same hospital where I was once a patient, I experienced a critical moment in the determination of my future.
While attending an offsite shadowing at Aquatic Therapy, I was inspired by an elderly man who made huge strides in range of motion. I later discovered that he suffered from Myasthenia Gravis, a chronic autoimmune neuromuscular disease characterized by varying degrees of weakness of the voluntary muscles of the body.
Although, the crunching of my knee and the pop that followed are not something I would ever want to relive the results were unexpected. In addition to discovering my desired future, I was also able to receive and give care in a physical therapy setting. These situations are what will help motivate me and help me to relate to patients in a clinical setting.
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