Babies are a sign of life. New life and new beginnings. That is one of the reasons why I love my job so much on the maternity and newborn ward. Each and every day I spend on the ward I get that unique feeling of excitement seeing all those new beginnings.

One morning, upon beginning my shift, I recognized a name on the chart. A name I knew well from my own Chemo days at Hadassah. Was it one of my Chemo buddies? I wondered. I recalled many hours we spent chatting with each other, hooked up to intravenous infusions, side by side. I could not hold myself back from seeing with my two eyes if this was actually my friend on the list of mothers who just gave birth. It is difficult to describe my excitement and joy when I held my friend’s newborn baby boy that very morning.

Surviving The big C must never be taken for granted and bringing a new life into this world must not be taken for granted either. The combination of giving birth having survived such an experience is one of the clearest signs of the continuity of life. It is as if one is saying in the strongest way to the cancer: I am here! You did not beat me. I am here to stay!

Holding that beautiful baby, I uttered a silent blessing over his sleepy head, whispering a few heartfelt words into his little angel ears: Watch over your brave mommy. Make her proud and happy. With every step you take, may your mother grow healthier and stronger for many years to come. YOU will be telling the world the miracle of life and the miracle of second chances in life. Thanking G-d we are here to live a long and healthy life! Here to stay!

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