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“There is nothing certain but the uncertain.”

Flashback three months ago, I discovered a lump on the side of my left jawline just below my ear.

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Sambany's Homecoming (part II).

Informal, behind-the-scenes, no-word-limit version :P
For Sambany’s journey to healing (part I), click here.

It was a journey that would involve six of us braving altogether around thirty-three miles and five days hiking up and down approximately 2,600 feet of altitude (‘What felt like about 10 Mount Everests,’ recalls Jordan), walking on ‘bridges made of fallen trees’ (in Josh’s words), canoeing in hollowed-out trees, sleeping on hut floors of kind villagers, using our wits to navigate and survive (we breathe thanks to Laurin’s and Jordan’s hours of patient water-purifying) , befriending people whose language five of us could not speak, witnessing journeys ending and beginning, people reacting to the impossible become possible, relishing the joy of teamwork, and more … … 6,106 more words


Sambany: a 'dead man' lives.

To read about when we had the honour of accompanying him back to his hometown (Sambany part II), click here.

2015, edited 2017

On January 21, 2015, a man trembled up our gangway and did something that not many people manage to do: 3,259 more words


Vololonirina blesses us.

This is a story of a patient who made it her mission to bless us.

Our friendship with Vololonirina began in November 2014, when a free surgery aboard the… 580 more words


Salestine's unveiling (part II).

Click here for part I of Salestine’s story:

One of my favourite parts of Salestine’s story is discovering how fellow crew member Connie Czepiel helped with the unveiling of Salestine’s heart. 564 more words


Salestine: nothing to hide (part I)

(Click here for part II).

She arrived at our gates barefoot. She did not have enough money to buy shoes. The dust covering her feet bore witness to how hard they had worked – they had seen the three a.m. 907 more words


Tumour... there I've said it

It’s terrifying to really look cancer in the eye, it requires bravery and fearlessness but most of all it requires time. Time to absorb, process and compartmentalise everything your doctor has told you.  770 more words