6 February 2018 • Martine Seijffert
Just a moment with Ilva
‘What I like so much about this profession is helping people when they’re ill. The better you care for them, the more bearable you can make their illness. That is your goal. Why this is so important for me? I’m not sure. Although… when I was five years old, my mother’s best friend had a son exactly as old as I was who was gravely ill. He had a brain tumour. I remember that he always had to sit in a buggy and was always tired. We spent a lot of time together, including holidays. When my mother told me that he had died, I burst out in tears. A little later, however, I wanted to go outside and play. Children are so resilient. It wasn’t until later that I realised how much impact this had had on me.’
Ilva den Haan (age 21), a first-year student in Nursing
JUST A MOMENT
In this rubric every two weeks a colleague or student of THUAS gives readers a little peek into their lives. Inspired by ‘Humans of New York’. On this Facebook page photographer Brandon Stanton made a world city as New York more personal by capturing spontaneous encounters with residents in word or on film. This series of interviews partially brings stories of our students and staff to light.