The wonderful thing about this entire blogosphere is that, you can get heard even from the other side of the globe. Thanks to Technorati, I can track whoever plugs this site by simply including my url into the watchlist. Now that blogging can be so widespread, its important to keep your facts right to prevent misunderstandings. Do you see that I recommend Tuesdays With Morrie at the sidebar? Here’s a note that Morrie DID NOT suffer from Neurofibromatosis like myself, he suffered from a fatal illness called Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

And what exactly is ALS?

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), often referred to as “Lou Gehrig’s disease,” is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Motor neurons reach from the brain to the spinal cord and from the spinal cord to the muscles throughout the body. The progressive degeneration of the motor neurons in ALS eventually lead to their death. When the motor neurons die, the ability of the brain to initiate and control muscle movement is lost. With voluntary muscle action progressively affected, patients in the later stages of the disease may become totally paralyzed. Yet, through it all, for the vast majority of people, their minds remain unaffected. Source

Morrie’s struggles and teachings are being documented in this little memoir written by his student, Mitch Albom, who is also author to several other books. Morrie shows us how often that we take the little things in life forgranted. He talks about his views on all aspects of life, the things we often scrutinise and avoid.

I didn’t expect myself to be writing a review on the book, so may I apologise and point you to Jimmy Ang’s view on this book. You might think that a book like this is not worth reading since we all know Morrie’s teachings are common sense. But do you really know?

When I read that book, I was greatly touched by Morrie’s ability to detach himself from the external and physical world. He reminded me of the times that I completely surrended myself to my caretakers, how hopeless and weak I felt at that time. Some of you may not have the chance to feel how ‘lightened’ I was so here goes a plus to pick up Tuesdays With Morrie. Through this book, you will be able to grasp what it is like to be apathetic and indifferent. What my soul became after my first two surgeries.

And, if you’re really intending to buy, how about using my referral link at the sidebar? Doing that would earn me some extra bucks.

Categories: In My Humble Opinion

Yvonne Foong

As a child, Yvonne Foong dreamed of growing up to help others. To achieve her ambition, she began studying to become a psychologist. But things changed when tumours were discovered in her body at the age of sixteen. She was diagnosed with neurofibromatosis type 2 -- a genetic illness with no cure. Fighting for survival, Yvonne turned to fundraising and embarked on a medical odyssey to the United States. Her experiences since then have transformed her into a motivational speaker; inspiring hope, faith and strength. Yvonne is currently working to establish a humanitarian foundation that provides NF patients in Malaysia with financial and logistical support. Visit Works of Gratitude to learn more.

6 Comments

Mei · July 30, 2005 at 9:45 pm

Most people take a lot of things for granted – even commonsense. That book was fabulous – and the movie as well. 🙂

ylchong · July 30, 2005 at 10:44 pm

Hi there:

Seen the movie, was planning to buy the book for a read.

The film I saw some years back — now I must find TIME to read so many books queuing up in the hall.
Thanks for the reminder!

Kyels · July 31, 2005 at 10:38 am

Hi there.

First of all, thanks for dropping by my blog. And you have a great blog here. 🙂

I’ve seen “The Five People You Meet In Heaven” on tv before. It was an awesome movie. Even the book itself was a great read.

I have not seen Mitch Albom’s “Tuesdays With Morrie” though but through your post, it sounds like a brilliant book.

I do agree with Mei that people nowadays do take things for granted and it’s really sad to see all this happening in our world today.

Well, I will drop by often and link you up as well. If you don’t mind. 🙂

Cheers!!! Have a good day!!!

S-Kay · July 31, 2005 at 12:25 pm

I read Tuesday’s With Morrie, Five People You Meet in Heaven and Morrie In His Own Words (I think that’s the title) and all 3 books have been a great read and it really helped me alot in terms of becoming a better person and one who appreciates and not take things for granted

jimmy · July 31, 2005 at 6:01 pm

lol, sorry about the NF confusion. i re-read it then realized my mistake. must be reading up on your disease made me a little confused last time.

anyway, thanks for the plug.

yeah, morrie realy clicked with me too cause as a person undergoing emotional times and physical hardship, i need to look up to people. people who do not adhere to the norms and people who fight and live like they love life more than they love themselves.

that is how we become strong…

through inspirations.

Jamie · August 16, 2005 at 6:28 pm

Yvonne,

I hope you felt your caretakers’ unconditional love during your time of complete dependence. There is meaning in all experiences, if only we open ourselves to it.

Beautiful book, and all the more meaningful having the experience to relate to such an extreme physical condition.

It’s awesome you opened yourself to healing, to get to where you are today.

Thoughts of wellness, Jamie

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