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Letting Go

Letting Go

Posted by on Sep 11, 2013 in Blog, Patient Stories, Reflecting | 2 comments

The world is a series of microcosms, the borders of which define the reach and impact of our suffering. Life goes on outside, but this does not negate the reality or profundity of that for which we mourn. A little girl died on the ward on Monday. When she came to us, we thought we might be able to help her. She had a tumor in her mouth, one that was large...

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Saving Africa

Saving Africa

Posted by on Aug 21, 2013 in Blog, Reflecting | 2 comments

As we approach our patient selection process, there’s a lot to think about and prepare for. Possibly the most difficult part will be telling hundreds of potential patients, “No.” A lot of people come to Africa with the mentality that they’re here to save her. To save her people. They don’t seem to realize that Africa...

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Set Sail, Me Hearties!

Set Sail, Me Hearties!

Posted by on Jul 31, 2013 in Blog, Reflecting | 0 comments

Yaharrr! That’s all the pirate talk ye be gettin’ outta me, ye scurvy dogs! Wait… wow, that’s hard to break out of. Avast! Let’s be tryin’ that again! Ahem, sheesh. So if you couldn’t guess already, we’re out to sea and I’m loving every minute. This is actually my ninth voyage with the Africa Mercy, and...

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The Ship is [Still] Strange

The Ship is [Still] Strange

Posted by on Jul 21, 2013 in Blog, Reflecting | 0 comments

So I’ve already seen a flotilla giving thanks to the Vigin Mary for a bountiful harvest of fish this year (or as Josh put it, a ‘fishful’ harvest). Aside from that, there’s not too much going on outside the ship that’s particularly notable. But the ship itself, and my fresh experience moving on board again after a year away,...

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Making the Move, Once Again

Making the Move, Once Again

Posted by on Jul 3, 2013 in Blog, Reflecting | 2 comments

This is my last month in Paris, in fact we’re down to just a couple of weeks left. I’ll be packing up what I can stuff into my bag, and shelving the rest in storage here in the City of Lights. It’s a lot easier to condense your possessions down to one bag when you only own enough to fill two. I won’t be having a yard sale this time...

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Bonne Annee!

Bonne Annee!

Posted by on Jan 1, 2013 in Blog, Reflecting | 2 comments

That’s French talk for “Happy New Year!” I realized that when I updated that last blog post, a lot of people may not have seen it. I’ve gotten a few “I hope you haven’t killed yourself” emails in the last few weeks, this is what I get for “updating” my blog in the comments, so I thought maybe I should...

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