I know that others showed professionalism and diligence in their work which, ultimately, ensured my mother had her life back

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Hello my name is Rex Mutodza and I’m a Therapy Radiographer here at the Trust.

 

What inspired me to be what I am now…

 

I was born, and raised, in a big family in Zimbabwe and in early 2000, I decided to come to the UK for greener pastures.

 

Four-years after migrating to the UK, my mother was diagnosed with cancer. During that time, I was working in the banking sector and working from seven in the morning to nine in the evening, Monday to Friday, and a half-day on a Saturday. All this was to try to raise money for my mother to receive chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatment at home.

 

From the day my mother was suspected to have cancer, I visited her after five-months and I started to travel with her for further tests until, eventually, she was diagnosed with cancer. I went into hospital with her for CT scans, and the first two cycles of chemotherapy and five days of radiotherapy.

 

For those few days I travelled around with my mother, it really helped me want to know more about what radiographers do; how they play a part in another human’s life. At the time, I’m afraid to say, I was not aware of the role that the radiographer played in caring for my mother.

 

I was inspired to become a Radiographer once my mother received the diagnosis and started to receive the treatments, the more and more I watched and went with her, the more I understood. I then went to college to do an Access course, which gave me an opportunity to go to university to study for a degree in Radiotherapy and Oncology.

 

When I told my mother that I decided to study and find out more about different cancers, so that I would be able to play my part in helping to fight this disease, she was so very, very happy.

 

After, when I finished my studies, I joined a lovely team here at the Trust which has helped me to fulfil my goal of helping people going through that same journey my mother made.

 

Whenever I’m at work, I always put my patients first by treating them purely as people; talking to them with heart, listening to them; treating everyone with the same compassion. I act with integrity and always respect others, from my patients to my colleagues. To me, it is always about taking pride in what I do.

 

I always strive to achieve my best and I really enjoy working as a Therapy Radiographer. I have come to know so much more about my role more, a far more in-depth knowledge of it all.

 

I know that others showed professionalism and diligence in their work which, ultimately, ensured my mother had her life back.

 

Rex Mutodza (Therapy Radiographer)

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Rex is writing as part of the #WeCare2 campaign that will be running across our Trust communications. Look out for more from Radiography, and their AHP and HCS colleagues, on our social media pages, Trust screensavers, Daily Email, Vital Signs and much more.

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