Interview with Alma Nissen
Alma Nissen is a highly sought after person. Many would like to get in contact with her. Of course, first and foremost the patients of Brandal Helsehjem near Södertälje South of Stockholm, but it also applies to people who ask her to lecture on the work at Brandal Helsehjem. Those lectures can last for several hours and always attract large audiences.
And then there are the many people from outside Sweden’s borders who want to make contact with the head of Brandal.
Suddenly Alma Nissen gets a call from Japan – later it can be from the US, Canada or Australia.
People who want to become patients and who have to travel thousands of kilometers, make an appointment before going to Södertälje. Therefore it can be very difficult to get a quiet moment for a long conversation.
But now something happens. The phone conversation with the patient from Tokyo is over.
Alma Nissen puts down the phone.
– Yes, they call me from all over the world. I don’t really understand how people from different countries get my phone number, but people from the most distant countries find me. It looks as if people have the disease everywhere …
Well, but now I’m ready, Alma Nissen says.
I think we can begin our conversation …
– Alma Nissen, you’ve lived in Sweden for over 30 years, but where were you born?
I was born near the good Danish provincial town Sønder Omme in Jutland, where my parents had a smallholding.
My father cultivated heath land and planted amongst other things many thousands of fir trees.
My parents were very interested in their fellow men and were very popular in the region.
Unfortunately my dad became at a young age. He had asthma, and it bothered him very much.
I remember we all were so terribly unhappy, because we wanted so badly to help him.
When I was 6 years old my father died. It was a great sadness for us.
Now we had to try to get by as best we could
My siblings went away gradually as they became adults.
I was the last one who stayed at home with my mom, because I was the youngest.
That way I came to know the hardship of life very early. My mom was in poor health after all the child births and the loss of my dad.
When I was 12 I went out to serve.
I came to work for a good family, and was put to scrub floors and do all the rough work, but I took it in a good spirit, and that way it all went very easily.
I’ve always wanted to do something for others.
It has followed me throughout life.
To be continued …