I’m sitting on my patio at my new house overlooking Lake Atitlan in San Marcos La Laguna. Yesterday morning I left my home at ACAM in the mountains of Quetzaltenango, where I’ve lived and worked for the last thirteen months. Over this past year I’ve visited San Marcos lots of times, always just staying a […]Read more "Transitions"
The last couple weeks have created a happy exhaustion in me. This morning I slept in until 7:30, which compared to my usual 5-6am wake up time felt luxurious. I needed the rest. So much has happened in the last few weeks that I’m not sure where to start. On the night of April 16th, […]Read more "Lupe’s Story"
Imagine you are nine months pregnant and today is your due date. You are only 19 years old and having your second baby. You suffered from violence at the hand of your husband before and during the pregnancy. Thankfully, with your own strength and the support of your parents, you managed to leave his home […]Read more "Elsa’s Story"
Since arriving to live and work with the midwives of ACAM in June of 2017, I have watched them with awe as they become more and more capable women’s healthcare providers. Last Monday was no exception. I felt I might burst with pride as they performed their first ever cervical cancer screening clinic. I just […]Read more "ACAM’s First Ever Cervical Cancer Screening Clinic a Success"
I want to tell Ana’s story for several reasons. First, because I’ve been deeply impacted by her coming into my life. Second, her story poignantly brings to life the reality of healthcare disparity in the developing world. And third, I want to give whatever voice I can to someone who has been rendered voiceless by […]Read more "Ana’s Story"
I’m sitting on the edge of Lake Atitlan looking out over the sparkling water. San Pedro volcano stands proudly before me. The energy of the volcano feels alive and this lake is magic. I come here when I need to slow down. It’s only a few hours from Concepción, where I live. This week my […]Read more "Softening"
Three months now in Guatemala. I’m acutely aware of hitting the 90-day mark because two days ago I had to do my visa run, the mandatory exit and re-entry that the long-term traveler faces. I hopped onto a shuttle yesterday morning at 5:30am to Tapachula, Chiapas, Mexico (a 2.5 hour drive from Concepción Chiquirichapa) where […]Read more "Hopes, Prayers, and the Sistine Chapel"