Like how other mothers wish to watch their kids grow up, 51-year-old Madam Sun too, wished that she would be able to fulfil her responsibilities as their mother. Unfortunately, she was diagnosed with liver cancer early last year. Madam Sun confided in us that she felt that her world came crashing down when she was told by her doctor that her conditions will deteriorate despite the medications that she is taking now. Even if she were to undergo surgery, she will only be able to live for another 1.5 years.
When ROHI met up with her, she shared with us that before she fell ill, she used to hold multiple jobs a day just to make ends meet and put bread on the table for her children. She recalled waking up in the wee hours just to deliver newspapers before continuing to work as a baby-sitter in the afternoon. At night, she would work as a coffee shop assistant at a coffee shop near her home. Despite the long working hours, she enjoys working as she was able work and support her family. But happiness and fulfilment were short-lived when she is plagued by multiple illnesses, one after another.
Madam Sun was first diagnosed with post-natal depression after giving birth to her daughter. Soon after, she was also diagnosed with schizophrenia, Hepatitis B, diabetes, low blood pressure and severe asthma. She was then forced to stop work after suffering from severe side effects from her medications.
Madam Sun is currently staying in a one-room rental flat with her 76-year-old mother and youngest son. Her youngest son, 26 years old, who has been unable to hold a job for long, is currently unemployed. He has also not returned home for the past two months. This worries Madam Sun as she fears that he would not be able to support himself in future. Although Madam Sun has three children, none of them are supporting her financially. Madam Sun faces an estranged relationship with her eldest son (32) and daughter (28) who have been staying with their biological father since their parents’ divorce in 2004. Despite their strained relationship, Madam Sun still misses her children dearly and longs for their care and concern, especially at times when she is alone at the hospital.
Over the years, Madam Sun’s Medisave account has depleted with the numerous medical bills to pay in order for her to continue seeking treatment. She was previously receiving $384 per month from her CPF Retirement Account, until her account was completely wiped out last year. Since then, Madam Sun and her family has been relying on the monthly financial assistance of $200 from the Social Service Office (SSO) after exhausting all means. Their SSO assistance is ending in June 2018.
ROHI aims to raise $330 a month for 4 months to assist Madam Sun with her groceries, transport and phone expenses. Your kind contribution will go a long way towards lightening the financial burdens for the cancer-stricken mum!
02 Aug 2018
Madam Sun is grateful for the donations that have come through. She confided in us that she is worried about her her family's finances, especially with the three of them relying solely on the SSO assistance. Each time she is faced with bills to pay, she gets stressed out and feels depressed. She is intending to seek part-time employment to cope with the household bills. She will update us again on her employment plans.
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02 Jul 2018
ROHI case managers visited Mdm Sun at home last Friday. We managed to catch up with her about her health and we understand that she is still going for her medical reviews regularly. Mdm Sun is grateful that with the funds raised, her family can now cope better with their day-to-day expenses. Despite her medical conditions, Mdm Sun remains positive and even told us that she wishes to volunteer at ROHI, in hope to give hope to those in need!
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17 May 2018
Spring cleaning for Mdm Sun!
A group of volunteers recently reached out to ROHI and offered to spring clean for Mdm Sun! The team spent a few hours yesterday to give Mdm Sun and her family a cleaner home! Mdm Sun told us that since she fell ill, she was not able to clean her home regularly, and she is extremely happy that they now have a cleaner home to stay in. Thank you to the volunteers who have offered to spend their time to make a difference to the lives of our beneficiary!