to inspire the sick
May 15, 2007
resident Yvonne Foong was only 16 when she was diagnosed with a rare
genetic disorder called Neurofibro-matosis Type 2.
need to undergo surgeries forced her to abandon her passions and mature
beyond her years.
inspire others who are battling with illness, Foong has written a book
entitled I’m not sick, just a bit unwell’.
The book was
launched by Kelana Jaya MP Loh Seng Kok at the Popular Bookstore in
Ikano Power Centre recently.
20, says the book is an honest account of her life battling with a rare,
incurable genetic disorder, that causes tumours to grow in the brain,
spine, and along peripheral nerves.
Foong shaking hands with Loh at the launching ceremony.
this book, I hope to raise awareness for Neurofibro-matosis, and to
provide inspiration for others struggling in life,” she said.
Foong’s effort demonstrated her extraordinary determination and her
positive approach in facing illness.
we hear of people who choose to run away from hardships, sufferings or
struggles in life. Yvonne has shown the world the right approach in
conquering life’s difficulties, especially while being a patient,” he
“It is also
my hope that this book will create a greater awareness of
Neurofibromatosis among the Malaysian public. Sometimes the sheer
courage of human beings is more important than all the most
sophisticated treatment that a doctor can offer,” Loh added.
Foong won the
2005 Dream Malaysia awards, as The Most Outstanding Youth Of The Year.
urged the public and the government to work hand in hand to set up more
health organisations and organise health-related programmes that would
serve as support groups for patients.