The mag­nif­i­cent seven

Seven sis­ters be­come six as the re­main­ing sib­lings pay trib­ute to their dearly departed.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - Heart & Soul - By SOPHIA LIM

Dear sis No 6,

GOD must have de­cided that it was time to take you away from the suf­fer­ing and pain you have en­dured, and heaven must have needed a new an­gel when you left us peace­fully on July 10 at 9.50am. We take it that you chose to leave us when we were not by your side as you didn’t want us to see you go. You knew how painful and un­bear­able it would be for us, the rest of the six sis­ters, to let you go.

We have learnt so much from you, sis. Your courage and strength to en­dure the chal­leng­ing weekly chemo ses­sions is ex­em­plary, and you did it un­til you were ad­vised to cease the treat­ment, since it no longer helped as the can­cer con­tin­ued to metas­ta­size from your bones to your stom­ach, and fi­nally, to your liver and lungs. How dev­as­tated we all were when we were in­formed of this un­for­tu­nate out­come. More so that you bravely un­der­went the treat­ment hop­ing it could pro­long your life by a few more months, so that you could at­tend your son’s grad­u­a­tion in Oc­to­ber. We felt so help­less and wished we could have shoul­dered some of your bur­den.

De­spite this set­back, you demon­strated much courage to carry on and was de­ter­mined to try to live your life for as long as you could for the sake of your only son, Bryan. You at­tempted sev­eral gas­tro pro­ce­dures with the hope that all the vom­it­ing and nau­sea, plus hunger, would cease. Un­for­tu­nately, as you were re­cov­er­ing from this pro­ce­dure – and we were so de­lighted to see you able to sip some soup with­out throw­ing up – life threw us a curve ball when we least ex­pected it! Your lungs had bac­te­rial in­fec­tion and sub­se­quently, pneu­mo­nia, which led to your dif­fi­culty in breath­ing, re­sult­ing in your pass­ing that fate­ful Mon­day morn­ing when we were all rush­ing to the hos­pi­tal to be by your bed­side.

You have demon­strated so much kind­ness and com­pas­sion in this life­time, es­pe­cially to our furry friends. So many strays and aban­doned an­i­mals were saved and handed to new fam­i­lies be­cause of your re­lent­less ef­forts in find­ing them lov­ing homes. Yo­gurt, Tutti Frutti, Lucy, Max, Malo­rie, Char­lie, Christa, Gree­nie, Scooby, Mama Belle, Stitch etc were some of the dogs you saved. De­spite your fi­nan­cial dif­fi­cul­ties be­ing a sin­gle mum, you con­tin­ued to save these an­i­mals, even with the fre­quent need to spend plenty on ve­teri­nary bills. Your love for our furry friends knew no bounds. You even lost your job to save strays. You con­stantly found ways to feed them and even bailed them from the MPSJ pound, and placed them in a safe en­vi­ron­ment. You would even hide the strays from MPSJ when they made their rounds to cap­ture them. Our furry friends have in­deed lost a true friend!

You will be re­mem­bered for your deep love for mum, us six sis­ters, Bryan and, all your nieces and neph­ews. The nieces and neph­ews pro­claim you to be their coolest aunt. You were their friend, coach, men­tor, con­fi­dante and even part­ner-in-crime! They sim­ply adored you, as you could re­late well with them, mak­ing the rest of us aun­ties, some­what en­vi­ous.

Your self­less­ness and gen­eros­ity knew no bounds, too. You pledged to be an or­gan donor when you grad­u­ated. How­ever, when you were di­ag­nosed with stage four breast can­cer nine years ago, you re­alised that you could no longer do­nate your or­gans. So, when you were ap­proached by Pro­fes­sor Doc­tor Chin Kin Fah, chair­man and found­ing direc­tor of the Acad­emy for Si­lent Men­tor Pro­gramme, you did not hes­i­tate to sign up to vol­un­tar­ily do­nate your body for the good of others with “Val­ues of Truth, Good­ness, Beauty”. A Si­lent Men­tor is de­scribed as a good per­son who holds a good thought and does a good deed for pub­lic gain, sans borders. This is so you, sis!

You were bright, colour­ful, vi­brant and cheeky, with in­ap­pro­pri­ate jokes at times. You were also a sym­bol of courage, com­pas­sion, kind­ness and self­less hu­man­ity. We thank you for bright­en­ing our lives and for be­ing a bless­ing to us all. Only with your ab­sence do we truly ap­pre­ci­ate what we are now with­out. We have de­spaired with our deep loss and only the strength of our fam­ily unity has af­forded us the courage to carry on.

Above all, we give thanks to the life of a re­mark­able lady, whom we are so proud to be able to call our sis­ter. A beau­ti­ful soul who brought joy and ful­fil­ment to many, an in­spi­ra­tion to us all and whose legacy will live on for­ever.

I have no doubt that you are look­ing down from heaven above, and as per Win­nie the Pooh’s words:

“If there ever comes a day,

When we can’t be to­gether,

Keep me in your heart,

I’ll stay there for­ever .... ”

Rest in peace, sis. Our love for you till eternity.

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