Friday, May 16, 2008

The girl with big dreams

Ever heard of Yvonne Foong people? Well, I was browsing through the net and stumbled upon her blog site. Her view on life is so inspiring it kind of blew me away. She's not the typical pretty girl next door who's living healthily with no illnesses and has a bf that dotes her to death and a family that loves her. Life's not always that PERFECT.

She's has a disease. An incurable genetic disease that keeps coming back.

Neurofibromatosis Type 2.

Now what is it actually?

Neurofibromatosis is a genetically transmitted disease in which nerve cells grow tumor that may be harmless or may cause serious damage by compressing nerves and other tissues. The tumors may cause bumps under the skin, colored spots, skeletal problems, pressure on spinal nerve roots, and other neurological problems. The disease occurs in approximately one in every 3,000 children.

Having to undergo multiple surgeries for the past 6 years, she's now suffering from other problems as well.

1. Profound deafness.
2. Blind left eye.
3. Right visual acuity 20/50
4. Poor balance.
5. Semi facial paralysis.
6. Stiff legs.
7. Back pain.
8. Hands and feet numbness.
9. Weakness in swallowing.
10. Dry mouth,
11. Poor Vision.

By documenting her trials and tribulations fighting this disease, she began gaining popularity and recognition for her effort and started getting sponsors for her surgeries. She finally wrote a book that gained her fame and respect from people, entitled 'I am not sick, just a bit unwell'.

And guess what? She won the AVA award for the 'Most Outstanding Youth of the Year'. And is currently pursuing Psychology at Segi College under scholarship!

I am amazed at her will to live her life to the fullest, even though she's suffering along the way. A girl who is so strong and determined, she won't let the disease bring her down in no matter what.

Just so you know girl, I am proud of you even though I don't know you, I wish you all the best in everything you do. And who knows, one day they might find a cure for your disease.

p/s: Now dysplacebo don't start flaming her ok :P

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Unlike the other chick I flamed, this chick is more down to earth in presenting her personage and more importantly, her disease.

She admits that she is lying if she said she has no regrets and I respect that. Even her header is curt simple.

No grounds to flame her.