The year was 2004, a trip to Nepal, a bus accident in which I was seriously injured. As a result of this accident, in which the bus fell 25 meters down an abyss , I was left almost completely paralyzed from the neck down. My lecture – “To the Abyss and Back” deals with the story of my injury, my coping and my rehabilitation during the last years which have elapsed since then. With the desire to move forward, in spite of the difficulties which accompanied and accompany me, I chose not to dwell on the past but to focus on the future, not to ask why, and to make the best of any situation – making lemonade from the lemon.

About the Lecture

To the Abyss and Back – All between therapist and patient

The lecture reveals the experience I gained during the time I was hospitalized in Nepal and Israel and the physical and psychological rehabilitation that I had during this period. I am telling about the relationship and interaction with the professional treatment team at the hospital and some important process that I went through. As part of this lecture, I reveal the sentiments and feelings of the individual patient, hoping to provide medical and technical personnel insights that will help the medical stuff in the performance of their duties. The lecture is intended for medical and professionals in rehabilitation – this include fields of medicine, nursing, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, psychology, and social work. It is also recommended  for  students in these professions.

To the abyss and back – How to make lemonade from the lemons.

The lecture has been described as overwhelming, exciting and fascinating and its essence is to make the audience understand from my life experiences the power of positive thinking, optimism and faith. It demonstrates  the strength to cope and the drive to overcome difficulties and obstacles in life, even in the face of the seemingly impossible. The desire is to inspire the audience to think and understand that they can choose to look on the bright side, the “what is” rather than “is not” and then to draw strength and move forward even in moments when everything seems difficult. Since the lecture deals with issues that many people have to handle on a regular basis, the lecture is relevant to the general public and to all Forums (home department, organizations, conferences) regardless of religion, race or sex …

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Testimonials

Ariella

Shai gives a fascinating lecture in professionall, funny, exciting and captivating way
2016-07-04T09:02:14+02:00
Shai gives a fascinating lecture in professionall, funny, exciting and captivating way

Orit

I can not stop thinking about the experience we had with you. You are sensitive and exciting
2016-07-04T09:02:40+02:00
I can not stop thinking about the experience we had with you. You are sensitive and exciting

Lydia

Thanks for amazing, exciting and unique meeting. The optimistic, sensitive and openness way which you told the story of your reconstruction is particularly exciting.
2016-07-04T09:07:58+02:00
Thanks for amazing, exciting and unique meeting. The optimistic, sensitive and openness way which you told the story of your reconstruction is particularly exciting.

Amir

Indeed excellent lecture that gives perspective, proportions and meaningful insights for our life
2016-07-04T09:08:00+02:00
Indeed excellent lecture that gives perspective, proportions and meaningful insights for our life

Eti A.

I went out from the lecture full of appreciation and optimism. You are a unique person and  it's pleasure for me to meet people like you. Thank you for the lecture, I learned a lot from you
2016-07-04T09:08:08+02:00
I went out from the lecture full of appreciation and optimism. You are a unique person and  it’s pleasure for me to meet people like you. Thank you for the lecture, I learned a lot from you

Sigi

Thanks for the amazing evening we experienced together. we waited so much to hear your lecture

2016-10-17T11:40:56+02:00
Thanks for the amazing evening we experienced together. we waited so much to hear your lecture

Rafi

Thank you for a fascinating and inspiring lecture. Bless you
2016-10-17T11:42:05+02:00
Thank you for a fascinating and inspiring lecture. Bless you

Osnat

Your lecture was fascinating, exciting and inspiring. We continue to receive enthusiastic responses from participants

2016-10-17T11:43:12+02:00
Your lecture was fascinating, exciting and inspiring. We continue to receive enthusiastic responses from participants