When my cancer first appearedIn 2009, cancer knocked on my door for the first time. I had breast cancer, which had spread to my lymph nodes. The advanced state of the tumors required immediate, aggressive treatment. I was so scared of being pitied and of what others might say that I told no one, but close family. I just didn’t want to be a burden to anyone.
Even after all my hair fell out, I hid the truth under wigs. I suffered terribly from the heat, not only from the heat waves resulting from my treatments, but it was mid-summer too.
I was prepared to suffer, just to keep my secret, like I was accustomed to since childhood. To reveal the truth, leaves one exposed. Exposure leaves you vulnerable and being vulnerable shows weakness.
Painting – my first loveA few years before I was diagnosed, I started a small business which focused around my art and painting and I was able to make a living doing what I love. After the diagnosis I needed to focus on treatment and healing, which meant I lost all my clients.
My family weren’t able to support me financially and I became dependent on government aid and got into major debt.The little energy I had left, I used for working at events and wall painting.
I thought I had wonAfter enduring a series of difficult treatments, the doctors and I believed we had won. By that time, I was knee deep in heavy debt. I managed to find employment with the Jewish Agency as a representative and I flew to the USA to manage the art department at a summer school. I then returned home with renewed strength and was able to paint my way out of debt. I began working as an artist at events and did wall paintings, wherever possible and felt like I was gaining control over my life again.
Then 3 years ago came the second diagnosis. This time the cancer spread to my bones and spine. A few days after my diagnosis I broke my hip whilst walking. I was then admitted to the oncology and orthopedic rehabilitation ward. The doctors said there was nothing more they could do for me. There’s no cure. I was at stage 4 of my illness and there is no stage 5. One of the doctors told me that the only thing I could do is pray.
Fighting for my life, yet againI realized I had no one to count on, but myself and I went through a terrible crisis. I was scared to death. I then decided to fight for my life, yet again. The cost of treatments is incredibly high, thousands of shekels per month, excluding basic living expenses. I'm still not able to work as my body is so weak and my friends and family can no longer support me financially. I find refuge from all this pain and sleepless nights in my childhood passion - painting. I started painting deer, the meaning of my Hebrew name and my essence, the symbol of strength. They give me the strength to keep going and smiling.
Letting go of my shameI approached several organizations in a request for financial help but they were unable to assist me. So here I am, me and my paintings, standing and baring myself. I slowly learned to let go of my shame and surround myself with gratitude. It’s not simple and parts of me still hold on to my shame and fear, but something inside of me is slowly letting go and opening up - willing to receive.
Direct donation to Ayelet’s bank accountAyelet’s bank account details if you’d prefer to transfer the donation directly to her:
Account number 584896
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Meet Ayelet's Deer
PerksWe have 2 types of gifts:
1. Perks that combine Ayelet's artwork (Canvas, Wood, Cup). At the end of the project we will send you an email to let us know which Deer you'd like and the "Held" branch in Israel that you would like to collect the Perk.
Below you can see the "Held" branches.
2. Perks that artists and businesses donated for Ayelet's project (Concert tickets, Digital courses, a hat with graffiti writing...). It's important to write us the relevant details for each perk (e.g. For the graffiti hat, write to us the name that you would like to be written).
* Please write the details in the Shipping details section.
The small print:
- At the end of the project we will send you an email with the details concerning how to receive the perk. Please don't address the business or artist directly without our instructions.
- It's important to remember that the artist and the businesses can't guarantee a specific date in advance, that's why the tickets are on an available space and reservation in advance.
- We will try to supply the perks as soon as possible after the project will end, but please remember the we are working with a few suppliers of different perks and a lot of donors... That's why delays might occur.
For any question you can contact us at:
Pack of 5 greeting cards from the reindeer collection
Einat Agmon special collection jewelry
Held's branches in IsraelFor more information about Held's branches, from which you can collect the perks - please visit >>> bit.ly/2LbBid3
** Don’t forget to write us in the shipping details section at which branch you would like to collect your perk ;-)
Copy RightsYou probably already know this, but just to make sure we’re writing it down:
It should be remembered that the artwork offered in the perks section are Ayelet's art and all rights reserved. The perks are given to you for personal and private use and may not be distributed or used commercially.
AcknowledgmentsWe would like to thank all those who took part (which was on a voluntary basis) in setting up this campaign and making all this come to life .To all the wonderful businesses that donated the perks and to you the donors for helping us help Ayelet.
May G-d bless!
All perks were translated by Dana Mashmoor