SHERRY SOON: I AM STRENGTH
"I want to live my life to the fullest”
Educator (Special Education). Active Volunteer. Vasculitis Patient.
Story of Strength. Gratitude. Giving.
“I don’t know how it is going to disrupt my life”
Suffering from a rare autoimmune condition – vasculitis (inflammation of blood vessels), Sherry is taking chemo drugs and steroids to suppress the over active immune system from nasty flare ups. “I spiraled into depression. The painful ulcers on my legs affected my mobility and kept me homebound as I can’t walk.” What was thought to be a harmless foot-drop at 18 manifested into physical and emotional scars in her prime years. “I never thought I was good enough. It definitely affected my self-esteem as I cannot do what my peers did like playing sports, or even walking longer distances. The nerves in my feet are affected so I can only wear covered shoes to use the whole feet to 'hold on’ to the shoes to do the walking. I wear long pants not just to cover up the unsightly scars and blemishes but to be wrapped up to prevent any infection - so slippers, going barefoot, a walk along the beach and hiking are out of the question!”
Behind this demure deposition, stands a brave young lady of immense strength, courage and resilience. “There was no question of why me, no blame, I accepted it. I don’t know what the future may hold but I’m doing everything I can to prevent it and to live my life to the fullest.” An avid volunteer with various non-profits with the likes of ‘Make-A-Wish”, she has recently started a ground up movement – Be Kind SG, to provide micro-volunteering opportunities to do acts of kindness to impact the local community and neighbouring countries.
No doubt the scars are there to stay – “as a constant reminder and a testament for myself that I only have this one life to make the most of it, if my pain and suffering can help someone (in my sharing and support work), it's at least worth going through it.”