I came to know about Yvonne Foong’s experience two years ago. I used to complaint about things which were falling apart. But now, I believe I am a lucky guy with a healthy body to enjoy working out and classes in the gym.
When Yvonne Fong was 16 years old, she was diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder called Neurofibromatosis Type 2. Many found it was hard to believe the former ballet dancer, figure skater, karate fighter and Soprano in the school choir suffered sudden health deteriorations.
Yvonne became deaf in the right ear. She then had difficulty to balance herself. She has been suffered in silence. Few times a day, her weak legs gave in suddenly without any warning. She sprained her ankles and bruising her knees. MRI scans revealed a large brain tumor that affected her hearing, and several more tumors along her spine that caused the limb weakness.
To date, Yvonne has undergone one spine and three brain surgeries. However, the lack of experience among local doctors proved unhelpful in treating tumours caused by Neurofibromatosis Type 2. Neurofibromatosis (NF) is an illness of the nervous system. It causes benign tumors to grow in body for the entire lives.
Therefore, Yvonne has to seek medical treatment abroad. Dr. Rick A. Friedman has performed her third surgery for free.
For her fourth surgery, with her friends’ help, Yvonne has raised the cost by selling t-shirts and accessories, and by organizing various fund raising events. She has also authored a book – I’m Not Sick, Just A Bit Unwell.
The fund raising still ongoing today. Despite having went through four surgeries, many tumors are still growing in Yvonne’s brain, spine, and along peripheral nerves. In order to monitor her health, Yvonne requires periodic MRIs, expensive doctor consultations, eye examinations, and X-Rays.
The least I can do is to highlight her plight over here. She needs to raise some money through donations to help finance her medical bills. Please help by making a kind contribution to her medical fund.
The next time you are complaining about unfairness, I hope that you will remember what I have shared in this post.
Life is precious. Love yourself.
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