My mother had surgery to replace missing cartilage in both of her knees on 13th May 2017 at the nearby Assunta Hospital. Her youngest sister take for her surgery and stayed with us to take care of my mom for 3 weeks since my vision is not impaired. The surgery was successful but very painful for mom. She lost a lot of blood and was given one bag of donated blood in hospital. She was discharged 5 days after surgery to rest at home. She went back to hospital for physiotherapy and to let her doctor monitor her knees once every few days. Relatives from Melaka visited and stayed with us for one night to see mom. Mom is using one of old rollators to walk around slowly at home. She can drive her automatic car but her legs are still not strong enough to walk around outside of home. Considering my mother’s advanced age and pro-health I have hired an escort PA to assist me and a dispatch PA to run errands for us so that my mom will not be drained. Not all bad things that seems bad at first are actually bad, my mother’s old age encouraged me to make the decision to hire helpers. I used to be frugal and try to do everything my self. My Hakka mother’s nature is the same.

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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.

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