I was conducting research in Tanzania and I was trying to reach out to the under-served community as much as I could. My life took a huge turn in 2007. I experienced headaches that lasted for several weeks, and I assumed I had a minor illness like those that are common in developing countries. After my friends’ persistent requests, I hesitantly agreed to seek medical attention. Little did I know that I was going to be scheduled for an MRI within two hours. The images revealed a tumor the size of a golf ball in the right frontal lobe of my brain. A senior Tanzanian doctor ordered me to be medically evacuated in the United States. The new diagnosis of Ewing’s sarcoma resulted in a new treatment plan. I was extremely puzzled: I was 27 and in the best shape, physically and mentally. With a week’s worth of clothes packed, I flew back to Boston, Massachusetts.
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