Monday, May 12, 2008

A Walk to Beautiful

This post is one of the nearest and dearest to my heart. Each of these ladies pictured below carries a piece of my heart with them. I will never get those pieces back. I can honestly say, though, that I consider the giving of those pieces one of the biggest privileges I will ever have. If we had a couple hours I could tell you lots of stories about each of them. For now, though, let it suffice to say that they were all patients that I cared for and fell in love with in Liberia last summer.

I'm not going to write a lot because I don't want you to get bogged down in the text and miss the point of this post. There is a documentary on PBS tomorrow night, Tues. 5-13-08, at 8pm. It's titled A Walk to Beautiful. It tells the stories of some of the patients at the fistula hospital in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. That's not where I was, but it shares the stories of many women just like the ones below. The documentary is very moving. Be prepared to be sad and enouraged at the same time. I only saw 10 minutes of it, and I was very moved!

Here's the link.

The kicker? This is going to compete with American Idol. I know that's tough for a lot of people. I can tell you that the hour you spend watching will not be a waste. Maybe you could tape one and watch the other. Just an idea.

I tried to add a few more, but the image upload quit working on me. I just lost electricity, so who knows, maybe this won't even post. Sure am glad I have a membership to the Y so I can get ready in the morning if it doesn't come back on!


Mary said...

I just finished watching. It was a wonderful documentary and very touching. I couldn't help being angry at their situation and the pain that they are caused. But what victory in the cure. It certainly left me with much hope.

heather said...

Cheryl, Did you happen to tape the show..."A walk to Beautiful?" We don't get that channel... So I couldn't have watched it anyways. I would love to see it.