A Leap of Faith: True Stories for Young and Old by Peter James Dyck

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I have a suggestion," said Dr. Schmidt. "Before we talk about what you have to do for your foot, and why you didn't feel pain when you stepped on that nail, why don't we go for a little walk. How would you like to visit some of the other patients here in the hospital? "Most of them have the same problem you have, Pedro. You can observe them and talk with them, too, if you like. Maybe you can learn something that way. You'll notice most of the patients are men. That's because few women get this skin disease.

And see this one, it's for a man who lost even more than his toes. Every year these two shoemakers make almost 500 pair of special shoes Page 42 for patients who can't wear normal shoes anymore. "Pedro, you're very fortunate you came here today. " As they left the strange cobbler workshop, Pedro noticed crutches hanging from the ceiling. Maria nudged him to look at the many different artificial legs leaning against the wall. They were made of wood. Seeing what they were looking at, the doctor explained: "Unfortunately, some people with Hansen's disease come to us too late.

Another went to market with her mother's shopping list. Other girls did dishes. Some did special household jobs like cleaning windows. A number got babysitting jobs. Their parents encouraged them. "Keep it up," one mother told a daughter who had helped for a week in the family greenhouse. " The fellows washed cars on nice days. When the snow came, they shoveled people's driveways. Some gave part of their allowance. They kept thinking of more and more ways to earn money for the commentary project.

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