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29 Gifts by Cami Walker

I’m a sucker for self-help books and I found 29 Gifts very inspirational and close to my heart. Found this book by chance two weeks ago, and it got me curious about how Cami coped with her illness, overcome the odds and initiated a goodwill movement over the Internet.

Cami was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) shortly after one month of her marriage. MS is an incurable autoimmune disease in which patients’ immune system attacks myelin, a protective layer for nerve fibers in the brain and spinal cord, and causes disruption to the message transmitted along the nerve. MS upsets Cami’s life badly and she became very negative about it, constantly asking the question, “Why me?”. That’s a very common thought of newly diagnosed cancer patients and their families too!

One day, Cami met an African medicine woman Mbali who prescribed “Giving 29 gifts in 29 days” to her. Because “By giving, you are focusing on what you have to offer others, inviting more abundance into your life.”, Mbali told her. In the month-long project, Cami realized that her focus on giving had unknowingly helped her to “let go” of some sufferings and problems. Along also came many helps and pleasant surprises which she learned to accept graciously with gratitude. Cami’s life had changed for the better and eventually she had founded 29Gifts.org hoping to recruit more givers in this world.

In my family, we were always taught not to trouble others and to politely reject gifts in kind. If we were to receive any gifts, it’s only right that we return a gift of similar value. A bit of traditional Chinese culture, like the exchange of mandarin oranges during Chinese New Year. Perhaps it’s because we don’t expect to receive so it wasn’t a habit to give either. Last year when I was having my first cycle of chemotherapy treatment, LeRoy’s mother insisted on bringing healthy home-cooked vegetarian dinner to me daily. After politely dissuading her a few times, Aunty Susan told me, “I don’t have to give, but I want to.”. It wasn’t the tasty meals but her time and and sincerity that touched me deeply, as I later later found out that her late father was hospitalized at Tan Tock Seng Hospital. She could have spent the time with her father, but she made time for me just to make sure I have good nutrition to fight leukaemia. My mum, then, was unable to visit me as often as she would love to because she had to take care of my late father who was getting less mobile. Hence, we were very grateful for Aunty Susan and her family for their unconditional generosity and kindness.

Cami’s memoir reminded me of the goodwills I’ve received. It has also inspired me to start giving unconditionally and consciously, and thus, the very first project to raise funds for Hair for Hope 2012! (Please support me!!!) Since May is my birthday month, I decided to embark on this journey of 29 days of giving. I will try to update my daily givings here.

I would recommend 29 Gifts to anyone caught in a tough situation and needed a little inspiration. Let us all be reminded that there are miracles, good, humanity and abundance in this world. Experience a change of perspective in your life and pass on this goodness to others! Thank you Cami for sharing!

P.S. If you enjoy giving, you may like Katie Sokoler’s (owner of blog Color Me Katie Love Note project and the recent Easter Egg Hunt project – leaving pleasant surprises around for people to find. That’s how fun giving can be!

Frame Crafts

Ever since I returned home, I felt my home is missing something. Family photos! Coincidentally, my brother was thinking of developing some photographs. That got me onto a project to make some diy photo frames.

I made this for myself.

Then I made this for mum.

and I am still working on a collection of my late father’s photos with niece and the family. We hope that this will remind our niece of her beloved grandpapa who loved her so much. :)

Tips to Fight Boredom

Confinement in hospital results in changes to lifestyle and routine. Having too much time and not knowing what to do with it can be a hair-pulling experience. Perhaps that is why after chemotherapy, one loses his or her hair. Ok jokes aside! Here are 10 suggestions for you to fight boredom in hospital:

1.     Meditation is best done at the start of the day and before sleep. And I would recommend that you complement it with a prayer. Together, it empties your mind and relaxes my body, giving you a feeling of inner peace.  

2.    Simple exercises using resistance band can promote blood circulation and strengthen your muscles. Resistance bands are versatile, easy to use and inexpensive. You can easily get one from Daiso at S$2. Remember to check with your medical doctor whether you are fit to do a good stretch.

3.    Get connected. Chat with your roomies and nurses but never disturb resting patients or busy nurses. Alternatively, take the chance to catch up with your friends on Whatsapp, Facebook or MSN.

4.    Blog & tweet your experience, thoughts and feelings. Start an account and connect to the world!

5.    Catch a movie via the “world’s largest video-on-demand platform”, Funshion. It has a good collection of high definition movies that will give you hours of entertainment! Alternatively, rent DVDs and watch them on a DVD player or computer.

6.    Music has amazing healing powers. Add your favourite songs to your playlist or tune in to your favourite radio station.

7.    Read books, magazines, comics or anything. Need I say more?

8.    Play a game on your android, iPhone or iPad. Fight the baddies like how you fight cancer! BOOM BOOM POW!

9.    Learn a new language and practice with patients and nurses. I picked up some simple Tagalog phrases from a Filipino nurse. Kumusta ka? (How are you?)

10.  Blog hopping is when people surf the net and find blogs that are their favorites. They visit them daily and forge virtual friendships with the author of the blog and the other blog visitors. It makes their day brighter and gives then something to look forward to! – definition by Urban Dictionary. For me, I love to visit colormekatie!