21 August 2014

Ebola in West Africa: Five More Ways to Pray

It's been nearly a month since the world's attention was turned to a little corner of west Africa where the deadliest Ebola outbreak in human history has occurred.  Today the most famous Ebola patients in history were declared 'virus free' and released from the hospital.  But despite the spotlight and the thankfulness we feel for their healing and survival, the spread of Ebola continues.

The good news is, this outbreak continues to be contained within four countries . . . the devastating reality is that new cases are being diagnosed each day and people are dying.

And while most of you reading this won't be able to 'give a helping hand' to help bring this crisis to an end, you can play a very active role . . . keep praying.

03 August 2014

Today I had Leprosy

When I was 20, I went to India to be the project photographer for a children's book about street kids.  I was studying SportsMedicine at the time, but was still secretly very much on the fence between a career in physical rehabilitation and a life of freelance adventures all captured on film (yes . . . film . . . I'm older than I look!).

It was in India that I new I wanted to work in a developing country . . . with populations that are underserved . . . and with people that are at a great risk for being overlooked.  It was in India that I knew for sure I wanted to become an Occupational Therapist . . . because I saw, with my own eyes, the havoc that disease and injury could do to the human body.

Diseases like leprosy.

Only today, I became the one disabled.