MPH Panama Practicum 2013: Inspired :)

Marina Gettas

July 17, 2013

We arrived to Dr. Guy’s estate, and we were escorted to the roof- top. Gorgeous is an understatement. We had the opportunity to see all of Panama City including the famous bridge. It was unbelievable. After taking in all of the beauty, we sat and heard the story of Fundación Oír es Vivir from the President. Both Dr. Guy and the president of the organization came from stories where they experience a deafness part of their immediate family. They were both inspired by their own hardship and struggle of understanding deafness that they were determined to help other families find a road less bumpy. I had no idea that over 350 million people suffer from some level of hearing loss, what is even more surprising is that only 9 million hearing aids are manufactured.

After hearing their story, I took a step back and reflected. Here are two women who were faced with the unexpected and turned their hardship into a blessing for others. They didn’t sit in their hardship miserable, like what most people would do in their same situation, instead they chose to live life happily and inspire other people. It is remarkable. It has put my bad days in perspective. I definitely felt guilty for throwing a pity party over my broken laptop.

I was so touched by their cause, now I want to find a cause that is close to my heart so I could bless other people’s lives, like the same way they have. They are really contributing good in this world, something I aspire to do. It is refreshing to see that people still care about other people.

About the MPH Panama Practicum

A group of University of Southern California graduate students are researching public health in Panama City, Panama, for a two-week international practicum, organized by the USC Master of Public Health (MPH) program. This post was excerpted from panama.usc.eduView all posts in this series »