At Team Iowa, I have had many opportunities to learn about injuries, rehabilitation, and patient communication. When Paolo introduced me to a new patient, I was eager to help him on the road to recovery. What I didn’t realize, is how much of an impact that this patient would end up having on me. When I would go through stretches with him, we would talk about anything that came up– from famous shipwrecks and old movies to the pain he had from his injury. He told me that when he felt he had taken 2 steps forward, something would happen and set him 1 step back. He was real with me, and this was my first patient experience where I felt like I could do something to help. He mentioned time and time again how positive the atmosphere was at Team Iowa and showed appreciation to everyone who helped him with his recovery. I am so grateful to have met him, and this volunteer experience is one I will remember and take with me.