Romans 12:12 is the verse that comes to mind after spending time with Daisy, one of our amazing CURE Uganda nurses: “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.”
Daisy Apio is a nurse at CURE Uganda. She has a quiet strength about her, the kind of quiet, radiant hope that comes from people who love Jesus and spend time with Him. While interacting with Daisy, you are struck by her calm confidence. You would never guess that she had a difficult childhood. She’s the oldest of three sisters, and when she was 16 years old, her parents separated. Her mum needed help, and Daisy was there to assist. Her faith strengthened during this time, and she has been continually encouraged by her fellow Christian nurses at CURE, some of whom are also pastors.
Daisy shared that she appreciates the family atmosphere at CURE. “It’s a fabulous place! The environment is different from other places where I’ve worked; CURE is more of a family to me.”She explained that the staff at CURE “is always there for you, always love… and lend a hand. It’s easy to talk with everyone, even the neurosurgeons are approachable.”
She feels that the reason CURE has such a special environment is because of the Christian core values, such as being Christ-like, child-like, and the focus on prayer!
While she loves CURE Uganda, working in a neurosurgery specialty hospital does have its challenging moments. “Work can be overwhelming, especially the state of the patients and their conditions,” Daisy shares. But, in the midst of tough times, Daisy leans on her Christian faith to provide hope to others and herself. “Life is important! …prayer has to be included, especially for the caregivers,”Daisy told us. She has great empathy for the caregivers and makes it a priority to stop and pray with them.
Daisy loves CURE Uganda and isn’t planning on leaving anytime soon. “This isn’t like other places, where you start to feel discontent and start to look for another job,” she says laughing, “I’m not even thinking about looking for another job.” And, we are grateful for that!