Pop A Pill?


Pop a pill and it’s all gone. It works fine for a headache but the cancer survivor can only wish that it were that easy. Even after the disease is eradicated, returning to normal life is difficult. After dealing with the nightmare of fighting a battle for his very life, the routine of business deals and water-cooler politics, car pools and PTA meetings is just not a good fit. As much as he longed for it when lying on a hospital bed, the survivor finds he cannot handle normalcy. But return he must. Ezer Mizion’s New Beginning Cancer Survivors Clinic is a multi-disciplinary center, the first and only one of its kind in Israel, specializing in the recovery process of people who were stricken with cancer.
The Clinic provides cancer survivors with counseling in a variety of medical and psycho-social areas, such as psychological, marital, medical, nutritional, social counseling and more, all under one roof. The services are provided by a staff of experts with a great deal of experience in working with cancer patients and survivors.
The Center’s staff is familiar with all the potential delayed side effects of the illness and of the oncology treatments and are well aware of the challenges, problems and sensitivities that characterize the recovery process. A visit at the New Beginning Clinic includes a day of counseling, spread over about five hours, during which each survivor receives a tailored counseling package and personal guidance.
Reintegration into normal life is a process. As part of their recovery, members of a support group were invited to be photographed at different stages. The resulting album developed into a photo exhibit at Ezer Mizion’s Oranit guest home for cancer patients in Petach Tikvah. The exhibit’s apt title: “Processes”.
The pictures in the exhibit were photographed by women recovering from cancer who participated in a support group initiated by the New Beginning Center five months ago. The support groups were led by a professional photographer and medical psychologists, who accompanied the entire course, which included 8 two-hour sessions. At these sessions, the women received tools to help them return to normal life and work through their experience via the camera lens, in the framework of a group process.
Dr. Bracha Zisser, Director of Ezer Mizion’s cancer support services: “In many cases, recovery from cancer is just the beginning of a new battle — the return to routine life. Our New Beginning Clinic innovated this original support group to give women cancer survivors the opportunity to see the saga of their recovery in a unique way. Through the camera lens, they undergo a process of self-strengthening and gain new perceptions on life. The amazing results can be seen in this very special exhibit. The public is invited to come and enjoy the beautiful photographs and the messages they bear!”
To view mothers still in the midst of their battle with cancer enjoying an Ezer Mizion-sponsored event: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m1wyHUmH4F8&feature=plcp
For further info: http://www.ezermizion.org


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