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the overcoming of it

“Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.” – Helen Keller I love the Olympics.  The convergence of so many countries and cultures.  The tremendous physical feats.  The electrifying competition.  The intense emotions of triumph and defeat.  The sportsmanship.  The surprises. But what I love most about […]

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so you want to change the world

When I was interviewing at Yale’s Physician Assistant program, I was 22 years old, sitting across from a daunting admissions committee.  One of the men on the panel lowered his reading glasses, looked down at me, and asked, “Ms. Thebarge, why should we let you into Yale?” In that moment, I knew I had two […]

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the real question

Last week, the doctor who was on-call admitted a 5-month-old little girl.   The fever, the positive malaria test, and the seizures all pointed to what is, in Togo, a common diagnosis: cerebral malaria. The little girl seemed to have a bad case of it.  She seized all through the night, in spite of multiple […]

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heresick

When patients come to the clinic, they have to give the medical assistants a reason for their visit. One of the most common complaints they give is, “Tout les corps fait mal,” which means, “The whole body feels ill,” or,  “Whole body pain.” I see at least a dozen patients a day who say that. […]

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guess what? i’m going to africa!

I’m going to Togo, Africa! Here’s a little context for you…I have wanted to serve in international medical missions for as long as I can remember, all the way back to when I was in elementary school and our church had missionaries come on Sunday nights and give slideshow presentations about the work they were […]