COMING HOME

Sunrise

Sunrise

This month of full circles. New Orleans, early October. Returning to the start of my life in nursing and medicine. At 18 years old, my first huge step into the world of disease, suffering and healing. Back to my training, my roots at Charity Hospital. My first experiences of being of service…to the indigent. It fit me. I had a sense of belonging there that I had never experienced before. When I was in a relationship with my patients, I was alive in a way that I had not known even existed.


Two weeks ago, light years away from New Orleans, on the water in Mill Valley California, I sat in a room filled with seasoned doctors and nurses. Rachel Naomi Remen, MD, the magnificent visionary healer and author of Kitchen Table Wisdom and My Grandfather’s Blessings, was leading our discussion. We were talking about finding meaning in Medicine and Nursing. We were sharing about being “called” to our work. We were remembering and voicing why we do this work, knowing at the deepest level we are exactly where we need to be–in the heart of healing. And with tears streaming down our faces we knew without a doubt that we were home.

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