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When did you realize you wanted to be a radiation therapist?

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Share your personal experience and passion for helping others. If there was a significant event, like losing a family member to cancer or undergoing treatment yourself, share how these experiences affected you and influenced your decision to pursue this career. The interviewer is interested in getting to know you, your background and your motivation.

When did you realize you wanted to be a radiation therapist?

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When did you realize you wanted to be a radiation therapist?
About two years ago when I started researching fields in medical technolgy.
About 2 years ago when I started research potential medical programs.
I have always been interested in radiation therapy as a career, but my shadowing experience just gave me confirmation that this is the career for me.
When I started working at the hospital im currently employed at. I was originally in college for medical technology, but when I realized how much I enjoyed being around the patients and helping them, I did further research on health care based careers. I found radiation therapy to be the best fit for me because cancer has touched my life in more ways then one and I thought working to treat it would be a great fit for me.
After my foundation course and then I realise I wanted to do something useful.
I realized it when I lost a loved who was very close to me to cancer and I wanted to be able to help people.
I was looking online for a good career and the more I read about what you do and how much you help people, the more interested I was.
When I lost my aunt to cancer.
I ralized I wante t be a radiation therapist when my mother was affecetd by cancer and I felt helpless.
When my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer.
I spent a lot of time considering professions in the medical field. I researched and found this field. My family has lost many to cancer and I wanted to help others.
I had a bad situation as a patient once. The tech treated me like an object instead of a person. I knew at that exact moment I wanted to go into the medical field so I could make sure that there would be less people treated like I was. I want to always show the patient they are a person. I will always treat them with compassion and a smile.
Lost a family member to cancer.
Interest in health sciences.
I still talk to them as a person who is healthy. Respect and look them in the eye. Make them feel comfortable. I feel that I don't need to remind them of the obvious.
About 4 years ago. I knew I wanted to work in radiology and from there work in radiation therapy. I feel that everyone, or a loved one, at some point in their lives will need the help of a radiation therapist and I feel that I have the desire and compassion to help people.
Towards the end of my junior year of high school, while talking with a family friend about cancer research and the different treatment methods.
When I interacted with staff whilst my pop had treatment - they were so professional in caring for him and made him feel at ease during a scary time.
I realized that I wanted to be a radiation therapist when I was in year 12, this was the first time I went on a clinical tour and I really enjoyed it and decided for sure that it was a job I would love to have.
I have always known that I wanted to be a radiation therapist. Through my educational journey in rad tech school I was given the opportunity to explore the many different modalities including radiation therapy. With the completion of these rotations, I have confirmed that this is the career for me.
When I first began college, I wanted to become a physical therapist who specialized in working with oncology patients. However, after I applied and was not accepted into PT school, I felt relieved. So after doing more research into different fields that would allow me to make a difference in the lives of individuals battling cancer, I decided radiation therapy would be a great fit. After spending time observing several radiation therapists, physicists and radiation oncologist, I realized that I wanted to be a RT and be a part of such an important team in the cure of cancer.
I realized that I wanted to be a radiation therapist when I was 21 years old. I investigated the field and talked to a therapist.
While I was at medical school I attended workshops with radiotherapist and also my tutor intrigued me to study radiotherapy.
Ever since I did my high school career project, got to shadow a family friend, and now through my volunteer time I know it is what I am meant to do!
After my 2nd year of university in the BioPharm program at OttawaU, I knew I wanted to switch into something in health care and that was when I started looking around different types of health care programs I could do. Like I mentioned, my knowledge about health care was limited so I looked into health care fields that are common like nursing, and respiratory therapist, and xray techs. During my research I found radiation therapy and I really liked how the michener website described the profession because they mentioned that we develop that rapport and relationship with patients during the course of their treatment.
When I was younger, I felt completely lost in choosing a career path. I continued studying something that was no longer of interest to be and I never felt attached to. I always thought about being a nurse but thought I would pass out with the amount of blood I would see. After my grandmothers death, I started researching healthcare careers and radiation therapy resonated with me more than any other. To be a vital part of a patients support network and to participate in a persons recovery must be one of the most rewarding aspects of someones life.
After working as a receptionist and getting laid off, I knew it was time to go back to school. I researched many career paths but the one that stuck out to me the most, that sounded the best fit, the one I felt most passionate about was radiation therapy.
After shadowing the radiation therapists at the hospital. I was very impressed with the team work and the relationships that had developed between each individual patient and the therapists. I want to be a part of that.
My uncle was diagnosed with cancer and he received radiotherapy. However, he was poorly cared for. Since then, I wanted to do this job as I believe I would be able to offer the patient an elevated level of care and support they need.
When I went on my 16 hours of shadowing at the hospital. I observed the team work and comradery and I also recognized the relationships that had developed between the patient and the therapist and I decided that I wanted to be a part of this.
When I was deciding what to study further, I wanted to go into a profession where I can help people and radiation therapist seemed interesting.
After my father became ill. I realised just how much care was in the profession.
I realized I wanted to be a radiation therapist when I saw the benefits that radiation gives to millions of people who suffer from cancer.
When I lost my best friend, I knew I wanted to help people. When applying to UVM I saw that they offered a Radiation Therapy major and everything just clicked.
I was 19 years old and I had been working at an outpatient center as a surgery scheduler, and one day I shadowed the radiation therapy department and grew great interest after I explored the field.
After my mum had ovarian cancer and attended an open day at Sheffield Hallam.
During year 12 when I was looking into future careers.
During the early stages it was not as clear to me. However after many years of placement and advancing my skills I feel that it is suited to me and I have the correct attributes to be a great radiation therapist. I really realized after about my second placement where I was placed on a machine with mainly palliative patients who were very sick and how even during early stages in my course I was able to show strong empathy and be very in tuned with patients.
I had had a day work experience during year 12 and found the career really intriguing and interesting. I chose it over diagnostic as more patient orientated.
For sure when my aunt was telling me about her treatment. And every single day there after. I love my job, I love this career.
After working in xray for a years, I found myself wondering what happened to this patient how are they feeling are they doing well. I learned that I cared more about the person I was treating.
I have always had an interest in human biology and what happens when the body malfunctions. I have also had an interest in psychology, more specifically psychosocial issues. I did not have any personal experience with radiotherapy and was not sure what it actually was until I came across it in the prospectus books for university. It seemed like something I would enjoy doing, so went along for a work experience day and it seemed so fast paced, high tech whilst combining my interests in biology and psychology that I knew this was something I wanted to do. I continued to enjoy my studies and clinical placement at university and still get a lot of job satisfaction as I continue to learn as a qualified member of staff.
My first clinical practical, I was in my second semester of Uni and had never been exposed to the actual workings of a departmen and I knew that this was the correct career for me.
I knew I wanted to be a radiation therapist when I was 18 years old.
I wanted to be a radiation therapist when I researched more into the subject and found my interests lie in mathematics and helping people. These two aspects combined works best in radiotherapy.
I had a keen interest in biology which lead me to researching health care profession jobs and after a family member was diagnosed with cancer I looked more closely into radiotherapy and after spending work experience in a cancer centre close to where I lived I was very sure that this is what I wanted to do.
About a year ago. This is when I decided to undertake a days worth of work experience and I realised that this is the career I would like to pursue.
When I read about Radiation therapy I find it very interesting ,
Chose RT during year 12. Spent a year in France as an exchange student after school. Given the opportunity to do work experience in a radiology clinic. Realised that I had definitely made the right decision to do RT. I was more interested in the patient contact and continuity with RT than the technical aspect required for radiography.
I always wanted to be in the medical field since my Grandma passed. It was a process to get to where I stand today . I started as a phlebotomist at the VA thats when I realized I can do more.Radiation therapy is a key factor that help my grandma survive longer. That is when I knew for sure that I wanted to reach the goal of become a radiation therapist.

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