32. Noa Hirsch
Regional Director Terem Emergency Centers, Two-time cancer survivor
Although I work in emergency medicine, I am fond of the saying “Failure to plan on your part does not constitute an emergency on my part”.
To me preparedness means being responsible for the curveballs life will inevitably throw us, and making a plan in advance on how to handle them. This includes having a will, taking out the appropriate insurances for our lifestyles, and even making advance directives on how we’d like the end of our lives to look (an uncomfortable topic for almost everyone).
When I became a single mother (and therefore sole-breadwinner) of older teens, the first thing I did was make sure all my insurances were up to snuff, and caught up those that weren’t. This served me very well when I was diagnosed with cancer this year, for the second time.
I see so many women who leave all the financial planning to their spouse or partner. Trust is wonderful, but life throws curveballs – sudden illness or even deaths. Being prepared is the difference between needing to rely on crowdfunding to meet your family’s needs, or being able to focus on what matters, secure that you’re prepared. As women we tend to overlook elements of financial preparedness. I’d love to see that change.