i have learned more about myself in the past year than in my life up to now. its funny how being surrounded by people who have much different needs from your own can give you a different perspective on your life. i think i value my time and my health a lot more being in this job. it puts things into perspective. i value my family and the relationships i have with close friends much more now too. a lot of the people i work with have good support from their families, it makes such a difference in their lives.  a persons quality of life is greatly improved by the love of a family member or close friend.

each time i work i try to reflect on my day, i try to put myself into the shoes of one of my patients and truly understand what it must be like for them. i think we should all do this every now and then, try to see things from a different perspective, step back and think beyond our first impression of a situation or person and try to understand why.

i believe in; each day should be lived as if it were my last, living to the fullest, never going to bed angry, keeping in touch with loved ones and being at peace with myself.