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October 2013

National Alumni Society Member

LydiaName: Lydia Thurston
Degree(s) and Graduation Year(s): MPT 2001, DScPT2007 
Hometown:  Lakeland, FL 
Current town:  Birmingham, AL 
Current employer and job:  Children's of Alabama; pediatric inpatient PT/primary burn PT 

What is your favorite UAB memory?  Skits at our graduation party. 

How has UAB impacted your life? It has given me an opportunity to contribute to health policy, research, and the education of physical therapists 

What made you choose your current profession? It challenges your mind and body while directly providing a service than enhances the lives of others 

What lessons has your professional life taught you? To keep all aspects of your life in perspective 

What would you do if you were given more time in each day? Yoga/Pilates 

What invention have you seen in your lifetime that you believe has been the most important? Personal Computer/Internet 

If you could have 3 wishes, what would they be?  Have more time in the day and energy to enjoy it and have all my family live in one town.

If you could go back to any age…which age and why?  Aaaah....that's a tough one, I am pretty content with not going back!

Which historical figure do you most identify with and why? Eleanor Roosevelt - she is a great example of a woman who supported what she felt was right against the odds. 

If you had the power to solve one, and only one, problem in the world…what would it be and why?  Children would not experience severe suffering/death 

What natural gift would you most like to possess? Strength of Character

What trait(s) do you most value in your friends?  Passion 

Who would you want to portray you in a film about your life? Sigourney Weaver (because Nicole Kidman is so 1990s) 

What is your motto? "Just because you can, doesn't mean you do."

What is the best piece of advice you ever received?  Be generous.

If you could start a charity or non-profit organization, what would it be and why? Help my church provide resources for families taking care of elderly relatives/friends. 

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?  Australia...it's far away and seems relatively safe. 

What is something you are proud of and why? My family...they are my motivation. 

What is the last book you read? Bossypants by Tina Fey.