I would revisit my early days of campaigning from time to time, remembering the reasons I pushed my own limits and the distances that I was willing to go. The satisfaction of receiving cash in my hands with the exchange of a t-shirt told me that I was worthy. I was proving to myself that the adults were wrong about me, I was not someone dependent on others and I would not harp on your handouts. I loathed and refused to accept their prejudices, and so I stood tall on my feet and lifted my chin as I garnered support with a t-shirt that spoke of love and hope. I wanted people to support my belief with their hearts and not pity, which was why I forced myself to feel proud and smiled as genuinely as I could even when I was ignored by passersby.

Note: This shall be the starting paragraph of my second book. I have noticed that many people don’t quite understand what I am doing all these years, so I decided to write about it.

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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.

5 Comments

Syahidah Ishak · August 12, 2011 at 12:59 pm

Go on!! Chah Yok…!!

Mark · August 12, 2011 at 12:59 pm

Yvonne,
I’m glad you’re doing another book. You’ve done a lot and come far since you’re first one. I’ll be looking forward to reading it and I’m sure many others are too.
Mark

Yvonne Foong · August 12, 2011 at 7:36 pm

Mark: I’ve come too far and don’t know where to begin sometimes. 😉

Yvonne Foong · August 12, 2011 at 7:37 pm

Syahidah: It is Jia You. 😉

Syahidah Ishak · August 13, 2011 at 1:33 pm

My bad….Sorry Yvonne.

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