Chapter one: My Hadassah
The hallways of Hadassah Hospital tell the ongoing history of the City of Jerusalem and thousands of personal stories too. My story begins in those hallowed hallways of Hadassah and continues as I make my way to my shifts as a Maternity ward nurse.
So many special moments of my life went through these hallways. My mother, a Hadassah midwife, carried me through these same hallways at my birth. I completed my National Service in Hadassah and graduated from Hadassah Nursing School. Working on the wards, and, of course, the incredible memories of my children’s birth are highlights. Oh and… 3 years of cancer treatments and rehabilitation… Yup, all those moments happened in Hadassah’s hallways. For good and for less good…
And on one sunny morning in July 2015 another incredible moment joined the list.
From the moment I was diagnosed with cancer five years ago I was optimistic that I would recover. I dreamt, prayed and hoped for the best outcome possible. But, in my wildest dreams I could not picture the moment that I would step back into my nurse’s uniform and walk those hallways of Hadassah as a member of staff as before. During all those years of visiting Hadassah on the receiving end, as a patient, I could not picture myself being lucky enough to go back to treat those in need. It seemed as “mission impossible….”
But on that lovely summer morning in July 2015 it was not so impossible after all…
In the same Hadassah where I was born thirty three years ago and where my life was saved twice in the years I was undergoing treatments, in those same exact halls I was taking my first steps as a recovering patient and a proud returning member of the Hadassah staff.
Clocking in on that morning for a shift at the same point where I clocked in merely less than 24 hours before I was diagnosed 5 years previously, was the closure of one chapter of my life and the beginning of an exciting new one. So symbolically rejoining the forces at the giving end once more.
We don’t know what the future holds for us. Hey, we don’t even know what will happen to us in the next 24 hours. But I do hope and pray to the Almighty that the energy I felt that miraculous morning of July 2015 in the hallways of Hadassah will be something I will never forget for the rest of my life.
So this is me, Libbie Goldstein (Stern). 33 years of age. Married (to an Englishman) and a mother of two princesses. A nurse, a life coach and truly thankful to Hadassah and the one above for my recovery as a cancer patient.
I Hope you will join me on my Hadassah-Blog where I will share with you some of the inside-stories of the hallways of my Hadassah.
written by Nurse Libbie