Johannesburg, South Africa (PRWEB) January 31, 2013
Medical school was certainly not a breeze for Dr. Suzanne Walter. She was a single mom on the throes of anorexia and unlike her twenty-something colleagues, she took medicine at the age of thirty six. Despite the long hours of endless studying, frustration and anxiety, she made it all the way to being called a doctor of medicine. In Where Bubbles Meet, Walter candidly writes of her touching and heart-stirring experiences while doing community service for a year in South Africa’s West Rand region.
Where Bubbles Meet is an authentic journal of the author while she worked in West Rand’s clinics situated in rural areas and shanty towns. Every day of the week, she attended a different clinic and covered primary health care, psychiatry, and HIV/AIDS care. The reader will come across the story of an HIV positive six-year old girl who was denied treatment due to the social stigma associated with AIDS; a lady in her 50s who would rather collect eggs one-handed than to leave her family unsupported, and Rebecca, the “six year old fourteen year old”.
Walter’s patients are from disadvantaged backgrounds and areas. Despite their struggles, she found these communities to be very close and supportive. Walter wrote-- “Naturally, there are bad elements, but on the whole these have been the most appreciative and welcoming people I have had the fortune to meet. I have rarely felt unsafe in their communities and have only been given smiles and hugs and car washes – oh, and a pair of women’s underpants that have the South African flag on them.”
Where Bubbles Meet is a riveting look of what lies outside in the safety of one’s bubble. “We all seem to live in our own little worlds and it becomes safe: our bubble. It is not often that we venture into another bubble even though it is so close to ours,” the author further wrote. “My experience of this year has been all about my bubble having to merge with other bubbles around me. It is so beautiful to watch bubbles float together.”
As a touching and a sensitive account of a doctor’s journey who dared to venture outside her own bubble, Where Bubbles Meet is a wonderfully written memoir that is at turns honest and heartfelt.
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About the Author
Suzanne Walter is currently a palliative care doctor working for Hospice. She studied Medicine quite late as she had first done a BA, an Honours and Masters degree in Psychology. Qualifying as a doctor in South Africa requires 2 years internship and one year community service. Walter’s community service was done in a variety of rural and community clinics with poor medical resources. She captured some of these experiences through a journal. She has only published a journal article and has not been on a writing course.
Where Bubbles Meet * by Dr. Suzanne Walter
A Doctor's Journey Through Community Service
Publication Date: July 25, 2012
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