A mother’s love is powerful. In celebration of Mother’s Day, we pay tribute to mothers who go the extra mile for their family; mothers such as Madam Angelina Sim May Ling, who goes to great lengths to look after her family despite being a kidney patient.
“Five years ago, I was so sick that I was warded at the intensive care unit. The doctor informed me that I had kidney failure. I was devastated and could not stop crying as I could not accept the diagnosis. Thankfully, my family encouraged me and gave me the strength to stay strong.
Going the Distance
During the first month of treatment, I stayed with my family in Singapore. It was tough as I had to be away from my husband and children who stay in Malaysia. I decided that I would take the extra time to travel from Johor Bahru to Singapore for my treatment as long as it meant I could spend more time with them.
It takes about three hours to travel both ways every Tuesday and Thursday. It’s a long and tiring trip but it’s worth it as I can continue looking after my family.
Despite my health, I consider myself blessed as I have a very supportive family. My 14-year-old daughter used to accompany me to my dialysis sessions when she was younger as my husband had to work and there was no one to look after her. She is very obedient, so I never had to worry about her. Now that she’s older, she’s able to look after herself when I’m at dialysis. She and her older brother, as well as my husband, also make the effort to help me out with the housework. Thanks to their help, I can manage the household chores just like I used to before my diagnosis.
A Helping Hand
I’m really grateful that my dialysis treatment is fully subsidised by NKF. Our family income is not high and we have to look after our two children. Not having to worry about financing the treatment of this chronic disease is a great weight off my shoulders. I’m also very thankful to the caring medical workers, like the medical social worker who helped me apply for this fully subsidised treatment.
There are many other mothers like me who suffer from kidney failure and struggle to cope with the emotional and financial stress that comes with it. Your donation will ease our burden and allow us to keep being there for our family. Please help as much as you can.”
– Madam Angelina Sim May Ling, 41
母亲的爱是伟大的。 趁这个母亲节， 让我们向为家人无私奉献的妈妈们致敬，例如这位沈美玲女士。虽然身为肾脏病患者，但是她对家人的照顾始终无微不至。
– 沈美玲， 41岁