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Why did Joanna Edeker stay in Charlotte? Because it’s ‘home’

This week’s “Came, Loved, Stayed,” features a dedicated, unsung hero in Charlotte: Joanna Edeker.

Edeker, 32, has been here for the past seven years after she traded in Tupelo, Miss., for Charlotte in her post-collegiate life. Now she is a physical therapist at Carolinas Rehabilitation.

What does she love about Charlotte? Find out:

(1) What brought you here?

I knew I didn’t want to move back to Mississippi. In the graduation process, I started looking for a job. I knew I wanted to stay somewhere in the Southeast, wanted a big city, and wanted a reputable hospital. Charlotte just kind of fit perfectly.

(2) What made you stay?

I loved everything about Charlotte. I just love the city, my job, my friends here. My family — my brother, sister-in-law and niece — actually moved here two years ago, so now my family’s here. … We’re trying to get my parents here now!

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(3) What was your first impression of Charlotte?

Absolutely loved it right off the bat. Right off the bat, it was quite a bit bigger than anywhere I had ever lived before, so to me it was a new, clean, fun, shiny city.

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(4) What’s your favorite aspect of Charlotte culture?

The diversity — I feel like there’s a lot to do. I heard people say that it’s not that big, but for me it is. For me it’s been a lot to do, and seven years later I still haven’t done everything I want to do in the city.

(5) Why would you (or wouldn’t you) recommend Charlotte to friends?

I absolutely would and I do frequently. There’s so much to offer — there’s so many young people, and I just feel like from every aspect there’s always something going on and new things to try, new places to go.

Also, the accessibility of (Charlotte) — you know, you can go right to the mountains, to the beach. There’s an international airport right nearby.

(6) What’s next for you?

Definitely sticking around Charlotte. I plan to raise a family here.

Career-wise, there’s always new things going on. I’m a physical therapist on the oncology team here, so I’m always looking to see what I can do to grow things around here. It’s a growing field as far as cancer rehab. I’ve really had the privilege of growing the oncology department in Carolinas Rehabilitation.

(7) Describe Charlotte in one word.

Home.

Photos courtesy of Joanna Edeker. 


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