If a guest comes to watch this group, he will probably not be able to tell how come the name Mehubarim Plus is so fit…
When I was offered to join the Mehubarim Plus group, I had no high expectations. The opposite was true, after the great storm of cancer, I mostly became accustomed to fears. A new place, more strangers who ask about my illness, and want to know what happened to me, etc…
However, together with all these fears, was the great need and the thirst for “a feeling of belonging and understanding”.
G-d bless me, I am surrounded with a loving and supportive family, and with friends who proved their friendship in this insane state of illness, but these were not enough. Even with the people closest to me I couldn’t really feel understanding and true empathy.
It’s not easy to be a single woman of 30, in the peak of her search for love, in the beginning of my professional way, blossoming in so many ways, and thrown to cancer in a single moment, including all the added “benefits” of treatments.
This was the amazing change that Mehubarim Plus made in my life.
I suddenly felt “at home”! I met new friends, but not just any friends, friends who understand the feelings and thoughts of this crazy journey, who are on the same page with me.
These friends could know exactly how I feel with every vein and limb (both physically and mentally), following the chemotherapy.
I didn’t need to paint a pretty picture of reality in front of them. It was unnecessary to relax and seem healthy and joyful. This is not always an easy task, after all.
Even if there are differences of gender, age, religion, I feel that every individual in this group is connected to me, with a thin, imaginary chain (I sometimes visualize vein-flows connecting us together). This link was supposedly coerced upon us, when each of us became a cancer patient, but it is so powerful, and so good.
This is not just a connection, it is a connection with all the plus sides.
This connection for me is my gift.
I believed I passed the via dolorosa of illness in order to become connected with the group. The support, the warmth and the love of the group, crosses all aspects of life, without any cynicism or hypocritical thought that exists in the “outside world”.
Besides people healing from cancer, the group includes many volunteers, for which the page is too narrow.
For the great love and powers they give, for the investment and the treats they make for us, and for the wide smile they care to bring, for each and every one of us, in the meetings and in any other chance they get. It is impossible to thank them enough for all this… This is endless giving.
Mehubarim Plus became one of the points of (great) light in my life, and I thank for its existence from the depth of my heart.