WESLEY WEE: I AM BLESSED
“I was abused since child by my own parents.””
Street Hawker. Author. Differently-Abled (Cerebral Palsy).
Story of Forgiveness. Strength. Resilience.
“I was called a begger, but I don’t care!”
- “Si gin nahh” (a Hokkien assault), “Go and Dieeee” – the 37 year old told me with a deep slur and a stern stare in his eyes “I was abused since child by my own parents.” Accompanied by his wife (the only caregiver), J, continued to share the daily assaults that was hurled at him for 30 years. “He never felt love. No touch. Meals were a quick 5 min affair and he was often left alone in the washroom, (helpless) drinking water from the cubicle! The only affection he had was with his maternal grandma who intervened when the family wanted to give him away, passed on when he was 18. “You are good for nothing, no one will marry you, you will have no place to stay.” Today, Wesley (born with Cerebral Palsy) is lovingly married for 7 years and the couple has a roof above their heads – making a living selling tissue. “I was called a begger, but I don’t care! I’m handicapped, I’m bore this way, this is a business, this is the best I can do. I have many dreams too.”
Nevermind the physical scars, the emotional trauma will stay to haunt him for the rest of his life. But this fighter chose to go against all odds to tell the story of courage, resilience and strength he has surmounted to be the voice for the handicapped, for the family and loved ones who are differently-abled. Using his toes, amidst tears while he recounted the nightmare, it took him 6 years to finish his book ‘Finding Happiness with Forgiveness’ to be launched soon. And yes, today, Wesley (nodding his head with a smile) has let go of all past hurts. He chose to Forgive – 5 months ago after re-reading the edited version of his own story. Amazing!