Dear Pre-Pandemic Me

March 20 marks two years since the first confirmed COVID-19 case at Southcoast Health.

As we reflect on more than two years of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are embracing a process of healing and growth – healing from the loss and trauma and growing from our triumphs and lessons along the way.

As part of our commitment to honor and heal our Southcoast Health community, we asked employees to take a moment to write a letter to the person they were before the COVID-19 pandemic.

These letters are from nurses, providers and staff – both on the frontlines and behind the scenes, everybody and anybody who was behind a mask or covered in PPE, sacrificing their all for the COVID-19 pandemic. These letters are real and raw. They are true accounts and reflections from people who continue to fight this deadly virus. Due to the emotional intensity and sensitivity of the subject matter, we have deidentified all letters.

We wanted to hear from the frontline healthcare heroes, and we hope their messages mean as much to you as they do to us.

They said, Dear Pre-Pandemic Me: