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kiamoy

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Disaster Doctor
« on: June 04, 2008, 01:51:39 AM »
Below is an inspiring story from reader's digest;



My wife passed away seven and a half years ago, and I went through a huge depression, the worst time in my life. I was a bit suicidal. I continued to work as a small-town doctor at my medical clinic in Kilauea, Hawaii. My kids had gone to live on the mainland, and I was alone.

On a family trip, we turned on the TV and saw the second plane crash into the World Trade Center. I said to my kids, "I'm going to Afghanistan." International Medical Corps sent me to set up 20 clinics in provinces where people had no health care. Eventually, the clinics were serving 27,000 patients a month. I had such a sense of accomplishment, a sense of purpose. My depression went completely away.

I go wherever disasters strike: Indonesia after the tsunami, Pakistan after the earthquake, Lebanon, Darfur, Iraq. I was just in Kenya. After their presidential election, at least a thousand people were killed and hundreds of thousands displaced. We set up mobile clinics in an area with 19,000 refugees. It was supposed to hold 13,000-max. Measles broke out, one of the biggest killers of kids in refugee camps, and it spread like wildfire. Water and sanitation were also issues.

When my wife passed away, I thought my life was done. But really, it was just getting started. At the end of her life, my wife fell into a coma. I held her head in my hands and told her of all the places we would visit, the exciting adventures we would have.

I think about this moment many times during my "adventures."

I did not know then how prophetic those words would be. She is with me still.

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hazel

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« Reply #1 on: June 04, 2008, 05:47:22 AM »

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« Reply #2 on: June 04, 2008, 07:40:02 AM »
That's a very touching story, Bem!

Just wondering.  It says that him and his children were in a vacation and he saw the second plane hit the WTC.  Then he said to his kids, "I am going to Afghanistan".  I thought he was going to say, "I am going to New York"!  :)

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« Reply #3 on: June 04, 2008, 07:42:20 AM »
hahaha!! ate graz.. murag g short cut ang story..murag c mochajava nga mo comment dre sa TB..potol potol..ikaw nalang sabot..hahahaha

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grazie7y

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« Reply #4 on: June 04, 2008, 07:48:52 AM »
hahahah I know, Bem!  There's something missing in between tht led him to say he was going to Afghanistan!  But it's okay.  The essense of his mission and his desire to help people is loud in clear in the story.   :)

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« Reply #5 on: June 04, 2008, 03:38:08 PM »
Tinuod gyud diay no that we are happiest when we have a sense of purpose.

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grazie7y

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« Reply #6 on: June 04, 2008, 03:39:38 PM »
Tinuod jud ka, Thyl!  Kana bitaw you'll do things not because you will earn more money but because you will be able to touch the lives of many. 

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« Reply #7 on: June 04, 2008, 09:10:24 PM »

Tinuod gyud diay no that we are happiest when we have a sense of purpose.

i envy the person who says this phrase te.. i say to myself "my pa cya"

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