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A hopeful memoir that shares the author’s voyage of discovery as a mother, wife, and physician in underserved communities in northern Ontario.

In underserved areas of Canada, the communities themselves can be one of the strongest parts of the health care team. Dr. Gretchen Roedde shows how local communities play a major role in responding to illness, birth, and death, making each more meaningful and bearable.

In Deep Water Dream, Roedde recounts stories from her long career - from working with a Cree community in developing a medical dictionary in their own language, to training community-based health workers, to delivering Amish babies in her own home. Roedde redraws the boundaries between physician and community, strengthening the capacity to care for those close by, and offers a hopeful and powerful example to the rest of the world.

©2018 Gretchen Roedde (P)2020 Dundurn

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Lady doctor shares life experiences

Have you ever looked at news of people suffering and thought “I wish I could do something to help”? Gretchen Roedde is someone who has spent her life doing whatever she could to help folks from North Ontario to Papua, New Guinea. Her latest book,”Deep Water Dream” describes her experiences as a family doctor in the frigid north. Living on an island at first, she needed to learn to drive a tin boat and a snowmobile to get to work. Against a backdrop of obstacles like no running water, and roads closing due to vicious weather the book sparkles with stories of human resilience and grace. It’s a real page turner. I could not put it down.