Bury your pride

Jamaica Gleaner - - SOCIAL SOMETHING EXTRA -

HELLO, MI neigh­bour! You would agree that ev­ery day and in all walks of life, peo­ple find them­selves in some dif­fi­culty out of which they can­not free them­selves with­out the help of oth­ers.

‘A jus’ suh di ting set’ – can­not change!

Those who have come to grips with this knowl­edge, use it as a guid­ing light as they in­ter­act with oth­ers. And may I ap­peal to those who are still lag­ging be­hind to get in line. Very of­ten, the dif­fi­culty into which our neigh­bours find them­selves sur­rounds their health. Usu­ally at this time, there is a scarcity of the fi­nan­cial re­source needed to help ad­dress the is­sue. Faced with this crisis, peo­ple are al­ways will­ing to bury pride and shame­faced­ness as they reach out to oth­ers for help.

I came across this bit of heart-touch­ing in­for­ma­tion re­cently, which will hope­fully touch the heart of ev­ery reader and will move him/her to ac­tion on be­half of kid­ney pa­tient, Ta­mara Wal­ters. Her wish is for the restora­tion of her health, which will en­able her to “pro­vide for her seven-year-old and to see him pass the worse”. She there­fore pleads for fi­nan­cial help from fel­low Ja­maicans for dial­y­sis treat­ments.

Miss Wal­ters, who started treat­ment about 16 months af­ter be­ing di­ag­nosed with kid­ney fail­ure, is re­ally in a des­per­ate sit­u­a­tion. She has no money and each hos­pi­tal visit for dial­y­sis is run­ning her about $8,500 and could in­crease fur­ther, due to the sever­ity of her con­di­tion. She is sched­uled to visit the hos­pi­tal twice weekly and fam­ily mem­bers, who have their own “crosses to bear”, can­not as­sist her at this time.

To com­pound the mat­ter. she is ex­pected to care for her brother who suf­fers from Down’s syn­drome and glau­coma.

Due to this in­ca­pac­i­tat­ing con­di­tion, which wors­ens with each pass­ing day, Miss Wal­ters is un­em­ploy­able and there­fore un­able to pur­chase food and other ne­ces­si­ties. Her daugh­ters, ages 20 and 22 whom she was hop­ing to pro­vide her with ‘daily bread’, are not in a po­si­tion to do so at the mo­ment.

“One of them has a lit­tle work, but noth­ing much, and it’s very dif­fi­cult; very dif­fi­cult and very hard.”

So, she is ask­ing for her neigh­bours’ help.

Hear this neigh­bour’s cry: “Right now I ur­gently need some dial­y­sis be­cause my belly is swollen, my foot is swollen, and I’m feel­ing pain all over and I re­ally need some help. It is so hard be­cause I’m so weak, and I’m still try­ing. I’m fight­ing to stay alive and I’m fight­ing for my life be­cause each day I get up, I pray. I ask God to give me strength so that I can take care of my sick brother and my son.”

Those who are able to as­sist may call 594-0758 or 316-9476.

And please re­mem­ber some­one from the list be­low. Peo­ple are in need.

Much peace.


1. Na­dine, for of­fer­ing cloth­ing for the en­tire fam­ily.

2. Rose­marie, for of­fer­ing as­sis­tance to her Ja­maican neigh­bours.

3. Neigh­bour, St Andrew, for of­fer­ing a tele­vi­sion to a neigh­bour.

4. Mr Smith, for of­fer­ing a sec­ond-hand sewing ma­chine and a com­puter to a neigh­bour.


Maude, St Ann – Ask­ing her neigh­bour for a small sec­ond-hand re­frig­er­a­tor and a fan. I Sasha, St Mary – Ask­ing for a TV or ra­dio. I Camille, St Cather­ine – Ask­ing for a queen­size mat­tress.

Peach, Manch­ester – Shop was de­stroyed by ar­son­ist. Ask­ing neigh­bours for a stove and re­frig­er­a­tor to restart.

Tam­ica – Good morn­ing Ja­maica, my name is Tam­ica. My fa­ther is crit­i­cally ill and my mother is un­em­ployed. I am ask­ing my neigh­bours for a lap­top to help with my SBAs and graphic de­sign stud­ies.



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