Sometimes when you say yes to something…
Sometimes when you say yes to something, you don’t know what you are getting into. This is how I felt 10 years ago when I agreed to go to Ecuador on a medical mission. I had no idea where Ecuador was, what to expect, who the people I was going with were like and what exactly would be my part in this mission. Over these years my time with these incredible people has made me appreciate how much work actually goes into a medical mission. It takes months of planning and organizing to make the one-week mission to Ecuador possible. But in the end it all comes together. And the people involved in these missions are the reason why.
So to my knowledge, there have been 11 missions. Paola tells me that I have taken part in all but three. Each year we pack up, say goodbye to our families, leave the comforts of our homes, endure altitude sickness, and worst of all take the occasional cold shower. So after 11 missions why do we keep going? Because we know we have it good in Canada. We know that in a developing country people endure pain because access to medical care is limited. Knowing this, I believe if you can help then you should.
So far I have done 7 missions and the experience has been amazing. The patients are grateful and kind. The country is beautiful and the people I work with are dedicated and fun. It turns out that sometimes when you just say yes to something, that something turns into something incredible that you will keep saying yes to for a very long time.