With this being my first mission I wasn't sure what to expect. Just trying to think of words to express the emotion brings another wave of the tears welling up in my eyes, the lumps in my throat and the warmth in my heart for being able to help these children. The looks on the parents faces and the gratitude they express are things I won't forget. I've never been this hot or this tired for so many hours of a day or for so many days in a row and I can't wait to do it all again on another mission.
~ Joyce Kuhn is a PACU nurse and spends all day in the recovery room, where she is one of the first to see and interact with the families after surgery.