Sarah Thebarge ponders the intersection of faith and medicine in this insightful narrative of her medical mission trip to Togo, West Africa.
Sarah Thebarge, a Yale-trained physician assistant, nearly died of breast cancer at age 27, but that did not end her deeply felt spiritual calling to medical missions in Africa. Risking her own health, she moved to Togo, West Africa - ranked by the United Nations as the least happy country in the world - to care for sick and suffering patients.
Serving without pay in a mission hospital, she pondered the intersection of faith and medicine in her quest to help make the world "well".
In the hospital wards, she witnessed death over and over again. In the outpatient clinic, she daily diagnosed patients with deadly diseases, many of which had simple but unavailable cures. She lived in austere conditions and nearly succumbed herself in a harrowing bout with malaria.
She describes her experiences in gripping detail and reflects courageously about difficult and deep human connections - across race, culture, material circumstances, and medical access.
Her experience exemplifies the triumph of surviving in order to share the stories that often go untold. In the end, Well is an invitation to ask what happens when, instead of asking why God allows suffering to happen in the world, we ask, "Why do we?"
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- Lydia Christopher
Edifying memoir and poignant voice
Edifying memoir on the subject of death, illness and pilgrimage read in the author's own voice.
- San Diego Chica
Beautifully written, quick and fascinating read
“Well” is a beautiful, albeit at times heavy, story of the author’s 3 month trip volunteering at a hospital in Togo. The gritty, heart-wrenching stories of her experiences among the Togolese people are, at the same time, interwoven with hope and wisdom. The author’s compassion and genuineness are evident and inspiring. The experiences she had in Togo are such a different world than I’ve ever experienced, even having been to developing countries. The author wears her heart on her sleeve in the pages of this beautiful book, and lets the reader vicariously live a completely different experience than most of us are used to. She also reads the book herself on Audible and does a fabulous job— it is SO much better when the authors themselves read their own nonfiction audiobooks! You can feel the emotions and hear it all exactly as she tells it, in her own voice. This adventure is totally worth the listen!
- Kindle Customer
Highly recommend this very well written and gripping story. The author reads this story well and you feel like you are right there with her. Excellent read!