Never give up

A man’s strug­gle to find a cure for his health prob­lem proves in­spir­ing for this writer.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - LIVING -

Af­ter du­ti­fully serv­ing his em­ployer through­out his work­ing life, he was dis­missed with­out the agreed com­pen­sa­tion be­cause he was deemed “un­wor­thy”. (Can you imag­ine be­ing re­garded as un­wor­thy?)

what fol­lowed for the next seven years were court pro­ceed­ings that con­sumed much of his valu­able time and money, and caused great heartache for his fam­ily and rel­a­tives.

Tribu­la­tions aside, he keeps him­self busy with swim­ming, gar­den­ing, and pur­su­ing a PhD. How’s that for look­ing at the bright side and mak­ing the best out of ev­ery­thing? I would de­scribe this man as the “epit­ome of per­se­ver­ance”, a man who em­bod­ies the spirit of per­sis­tence and grit in times of dif­fi­culty.

will the cream turn into but­ter? That is un­cer­tain. what is cer­tain for now is that he keeps mov­ing for­ward. All th­ese have left a mark in me as I have the priv­i­lege to wit­ness his strug­gles first hand.

They say that if you can get up one more time than you fall, you will make it through. with the birth of his daugh­ter’s twins a cou­ple of months back, he is cur­rently un­der­go­ing stem cell ther­apy with cells de­rived from the um­bil­i­cal cord of the ba­bies.

He and those around him des­per­ately wish for a lucky break to be­fall him, a panacea that may turn his life around for the bet­ter. Un­daunted, he trudges on, prov­ing the doc­tors wrong by still be­ing able to walk al­beit with great dif­fi­culty, and fight­ing for his health which, for many, means all the wealth in the world.

I, too, can only wish the best for him as he is my fa­ther.

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