The Chinese New Year is just 3 days away. To the Chinese, this is a day packed with thousands of years of cultural traditions. In most Chinese households around the world, preparations are being made to hold reunion dinners on the Eve of the auspicious day.
Which household does not look forward to such happy reunion dinners. But sadly, some families will not be able to enjoy the warm, love, laughter, the gaiety and the joy that such dinners usually offer.
Below is a case (a friend of my daughter) in point, I am sure the children, the husband, the aged parents from both sides and the poor lady herself would dearly want to celebrate like all other households. But this family is unable to do so this year.
It is my fervent prayer that this unfortunate incident will be over soon for the family and the miss on the celebration will only for this year. Since the doctors are still unable to find what causes this and still unable to cure her of the attack, I ask each one of us pray for her cure and recovery.
I know there are countless prayers groups in all the religions, around the world. I sincerely hope those of you who are affiliated with such prayer groups or know them, to contact them and request they adopt her in their prayers.
Each of us has our own circle of friends, please, do the same with your close friends. Ask them to include her in their prayers. Medical science may not offer much hope for her and her families now, let us support them.
Go to the husband’s blog and express your concern and support. The lady is called Vivian. Below is my daughter’s blog-post.
Come visit again. Thank you.
January 21, 2009
I have a close friend (a Malaysian too) who is currently in Belfast, Northern Ireland. I know her for five years since I was over to the UK. She is a lovely lady with three very young kids. She has just completed her PhD and was waiting for her graduation ceremony. The reason I use “was” instead of “is” is because, she is having a very bizarre disease which none of the doctors in Northern Ireland can diagnose after trying for more than 12 weeks. She was in the intensive care for two months, having serious seizures.
She is only 34. She had a normal fever and passed out one day without any alarm. Since then, everything has changed. Her husband has created a blog to update friends who concern about her condition – http://chewpslau.blogspot.com/ . I was so shocked when I received the bad news. I have been praying hard for her, hoping doctors will find out what is making her sick and that she will recover soon.
Last night, I decided to text (sms) her husband, asking him about her current condition as there was no new update (blog) since early this month. This is his reply: ’she is awake but no communication at all. She lost most of her basic abilities and skills.’ I feel so sorry for her and her family. I did not know what to say to her husband. I know he must heard a lot of ‘I am sorry to hear that’, ‘hope she’ll be fine soon’, etc. Apart from saying that, I really don’t know what I can say to him. I would like to fly back to Belfast to visit her. Her husband thought it might not be a good idea as she couldn’t recognize anyone or speak. His mum and her dad are in the UK too to help to look after the three young kids.
Life is so unpredictable. She is such a kind lady. I really hope things will turn out to be a good, positive one for her and her family.