When He Was Born, His Parents Knew ~He Was Special~

Posted by on Apr 30, 2015 in Inspirational Stories | 0 comments

However, when they learned about the disabilities Patrick has at birth, they were devastated.

Patrick Hughes is a young man at Univ. of Louisville who was born blind and crippled. He was born without functioning eyes. He is diagnosed with Anophthalmia, a medical term for the absence of one or both eyes. Both the globe (human eye) and the ocular tissue are missing from the orbit.

He is also diagnosed with Hip dysplasia, a congenital or developmental deformation or misalignment of the hip joint. He cannot fully straighten out his arms and his legs, making him unable to walk. In addition, to correct scoliosis, Patrick’s spine needs to be surgically attached with two steel rods.

Disabled Is Not Unabled

However, despite with all his disabilities, he never gives up and never let the obstacles stand in the way of achieving his dreams. He found ways to be an inspiration to us all. When Patrick Henry was asked to describe his disabilities, he replied that “He is not disabilities at all, but more abilities. This amazing guy has taught the world that “Disabled is Not Unabled“. He said: “God made me blind and unable to walk. Big deal! He gave me the musical talents I have, and the great opportunity to meet new people.”

Extraordinary Abilities

Patrick Henry showed extraordinary abilities at a very early age despite his physical challenges. He is an amazing pianist. By his second birthday, the toddler could play songs on the piano after hearing them only once. He was playing request, e.g. “You are my Sunshine.”

His father, Patrick John Hughes sees the talent in him in playing piano, decided that instead of playing baseball, he is going to play music together with Patrick Henry. He was excited about it and wants to see how far they can run with this.

Patrick Henry, despite his physical challenges, now plays the piano beautifully as well as “marches” in the Louisville marching band, for five seasons with help from his father, Patrick John Hughes.

Patrick Henry Hughes at parade

He is not only a university student, but also plays a wide array of musical instruments, is an accomplished singer, and an exuberant trumpet player in the University of Louisville School of Music Marching and Pep Band.

He has been featured on ESPN, ABC-TV, Oprah, CBS-TV, The Ellen Show, Extreme Make Over Home Edition, and many, many others.

This truly Amazing, Inspiration & Heart-warming story of Perseverance is something we can all learn from. And how Patrick`s parents focused on their son`s abilities to help him fulfilled his dreams despite his disabilities.

Ask yourself these questions:

–       Are your obstacles real or imagined?

–       Are you willing to step out of your comfort zone?

–       Are you always giving excuses that you can’t accomplish your dreams?

Just like Patrick, you can accomplish anything you put your mind to. There is no excuse for you to avoid following your dreams and accomplishing them.

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Ms. Irene, Programme Manager

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HIS PARENTS ABANDONED HIM – GUESS WHAT HAPPENED NEXT!

Posted by on Mar 27, 2015 in Inspirational Stories | 0 comments

His Parents Abandoned Him When They Saw What He Looked Like

30-year-old Jono Lancaster was born with a rare genetic disorder, Treacher Collins syndrome. He was abandoned by his parents when they saw what he looked like. Treacher Collins syndrome affects facial bone and tissue development. It is a rare condition and effect just one in 50,000 people which prevents the skull, cheek and jawbones from developing properly. Problems range in severity from mild to very severe. In most cases, the child’s intelligence is normal.

His Amazing Story will move you.

Jono Lancaster faced many difficult situations in his life. Though abandoned and bullied, he accepts himself for who he is and what he looks like and decides to spend his life making others feel comfortable in their own skin and raising awareness. Now, he is an inspiration and hope for a lot of children and their families.

He believes that he is born with a purpose in life to accomplish a wonderful task in this world.

He travels world-wide to educate the public about the disorder. He has flown to Australia and New Zealand to meet with children who share the same condition, to give them inspiration and show them what they can achieve in life, including two-year-old Zackary Walton.

Jono Lancaster

Mother Sarah Walton, mother of Zachary, says the 30-year-old of West Yorkshire has left a huge impact on her family.

‘It gives me hope that my son can grow up to be a happy man just like Jono Lancaster.’ 

Family Photo of Zac with Lancaster

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NLP Singapore – FINDING YOUR PURPOSE IN LIFE

Posted by on Nov 7, 2013 in Inspirational Stories | 0 comments

Hi Friends

“You can only connect the Dots looking backwards” ~ Steve Jobs.

Steve Jobs

For years, I have always wanted to seek a vision/purpose for the foundation that I wanted to set up. My eyes, ears and heart is constantly aware of the people around me and just tonight, a few dots connect:

1) A girl and a mum with a cleft lip – I met this mum and her Pri 6 girl years ago when I was selling a children’s programme. Both of them were reserved and I infer them they may some form of low self-esteem issue because of how they look. The mum was not very well off but she paid about $12,000 in cash to the company wanted her girl to do well in PSLE. I wanted to help the little girl but I was not in a position to help during that time

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Photo above was taken from a 2008 Academy Award Documentary “Smile Pinki”

2) My 2 little girls – having my 2 children taught me more about life, about responsibilities, about commitment and how the parents and the environment influence how they think and perhaps their future

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3) My episode with Cancer and my encounter with Children Cancer Foundation – it was hard to imagine children having cancer and those with terminal stage. At one point when the officer from CCF told me about children dying in the ward, it put me into tears. Click the picture below to read about my story and my fight with Cancer.

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A Sunday Times Article about my Life 

4) Rare Disorders Society of Singapore (http://www.rdss.org.sg) – I came across such a society when the son of a good friend was suffered from Leukaemia. He visited his son so often at KK Hospital tat he met a father who’s daughter was suffering from a rare disorder called Pompe Disorder. The name of this daughter was called Chloe, born as a normal baby on the 8th Nov 2009. At 7 months old, she was diagnosed with this Pompe Disease. It is estimated only 5,000 to 10,000 of the world population are suffering from this disease. She is now facing a huge battle of survival at her tender age. She requires regular (every fortnightly) ERT (Enzyme Replacement Treatment) at KK Hospital to stay alive and improve her mobility.The medical fees are hefty-up to $300,000/yr for the enzyme alone,excluding hospital fees which can come up to $100,000 or more. We have previously run a Charity Workshop for Rare Disorder Society of Singapore (RDSS).

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5) Connecting the dots backwards – on my way back home tonight in a MRT Train, I saw an old couple (probably in their mid 50s) handling a presumably 5-year-old girl. The little girl said she was hungry and the 50+ father passed her a chocolate pocky and the girl started eating. The chocolate was all over her face and her father carefully wipe her lips with tissue paper. This little girl was sitting innocently on the lap of her mum who was sitting down. Her father was standing. I was just wondering whether her parents were live long enough to watch their little girl grow up. All 3 of them wore old extremely clothing. After alighting from MRT, I ask my wife is it OK for me to focus on children (vs adults) in our future foundation because they are powerless, innocent and yet they are the future of our generation. My wife said Yes. I have yet to chunk down on which specific group of children I helping though it’s a step closer to my purpose in life.

“Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish” ~ Steve Jobs.

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Cayden Chang
Founder & Director, Mind Kinesis Management International & Mind Kinesis Investments Pte Ltd
BSc(Hons), MSc
Lifelong Learner Award 2008 Honouree

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NLP Singapore – What Would Happen If Your Dream Can Change The World?

Posted by on Oct 22, 2013 in Inspirational Stories | 0 comments

Dear Friends,

Do you have a dream that is sprouting from your mind, making you wonder for days and weeks whether you should go all out to pursue your dream, and in the end you decided not to come up with plans to achieve it, because with the current situation you are facing, it just SIMPLY FEELS IMPOSSIBLE?

Well, can Audrey Hepburn say something to remind you?

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Have you ever wondered to yourself what would happen if your dream can change the world?

A very good example of a person’s dream which changed the world would be…

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Isn’t it amazing? We have yet discovered another person who said the same characteristic about crazy people, besides Albert Einstein and the Wright Brothers mentioned in our previous post. Have you ever wondered…….

If these people had given up on their dreams, what would happen?

There might be a possibility that there’re no planes, and traveling by sea to another country would take days. And now, who’s the one who invented ships?

Cruise ship

No iPhone, no computers, we would still be using typewriters, or even using ink and papers. Who invented typewriters, inks and papers?

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Living in total darkness with no lights, only with the help of candles. WHO INVENTED CANDLES?

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Look around you, aren’t all the things that we are using right now created by someone initially? Do they just pop out instantly out of nowhere?

No matter what items they are…

Each and every one of these evolved from somebody’s dream, and all of these crazy people have ONE thing in common. All of them are normal humans like us who started with a small simple idea, which seemed an almost impossible dream initially. However, with their perseverance to achieve their dreams, we are now able to own/do these things that they created.

What is your dream?

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NLP SINGAPORE – “THE HUG”

Posted by on Aug 29, 2013 in Inspirational Stories | 0 comments

Hi Friends,

I was elated to be given this opportunity and wonderful platform to share about the Hug I gave my Mum and have it documented down in a post :) While writing this, I actually got to relive the moment again and I am thankful for that as it was the Hug that changed my entire life.

It all started on the very night 20 Aug 2013. I wrote this small little post that I very much wanted to share with Swish 26 cus” it was good progress! Here’s what I posted, word for word.

“This is a little out of context. But I really wanted to share this with Swish 26 who has been with mi on this journey all this while:) Every now and then, I have someone showing mi concern and asking how are things getting on between my mummy and myself. Today marked another milestone for us As some of you might have known, i was affected by an incident that happened back when i was 13. Which was why i detached and drifted apart from my mum. (P.S my mum wasn’t at fault). Anw, as I was saying, today while having our dinner, I have no idea how but the scar that was deeply etched within mi all these years just disappeared. YES!! Like Swish! It’s just gone!:) It took mi quite a while but I am still glad i have let go of the past  we have yet to hug but I know the day will come:)”

Was rather hesitant before I clicked on the post button cus” it seems somewhat incomplete without the Hug that I have always wanted to give my mum. But I thought in any case, it’s still a progress worth sharing. So I posted.

Shortly after, came my 4th belief test by my dearest Lifetime coach Cayden. So this was what he commented.

Needless to say, I was overwhelmed! Like TOMORROW?!! My mind went wild. I went through the fundamental formula of NLP repeatedly in my head and told myself E+R=O.  Then I recalled all the Belief tests I have been through before, I have faith this could be done and I knew Cayden must have his reason for putting me through this Belief Test. To be really frank, I did not sleep well that very night.

Reason being:

  1. I really wanted to do this deep in my heart. I know if Cayden hasn’t put me through the belief test, it would have taken me probably another couple of months or even years to do so. So I keep telling myself NOW is the time and opportunity to do it. I know I will regret for the rest of my life if I do not do this and I would probably not have the courage to do it anymore.
  2. I was worried I couldn’t catch my Mum in time. Due to our work schedules, we hardly see each other unless we are both on off coincidentally.
  3. I was trying to figure out how to ‘execute the hug’. It sounds hilarious but I used the word execute as I was really thinking of HOW to go about hugging her. [Even details like the angle I should approach her, do I place my hands around her waist or her neck?] It was only then that I realized I haven’t hug my mum before! An Asian being an Asian, we were never taught to be so expressive when it comes to our parents. I could do it so naturally with my fiancé and friends I can’t believe I was having so much difficulty hugging someone I loved so much deep down! That very night, I keep visualizing myself hugging my mum and wonder how it will turn out and how she will react to it. On the other hand, I keep calming myself down and told myself it will all turn out well.

Cayden Comment

Anyway, that day came. I could remember so vividly it was 21 Aug 2013. I woke up at 6am in the morning. What surprised me was I didn’t even need the alarm [I was never a morning person]. My Mum wasn’t awake yet. See what I meant, I didn’t even have any idea what time my Mum wakes up each day. Anyway I was feeling REALLY sleepy. So I went back to catch a wink. And I heard the door open. I jumped out of bed and pretended as though I was awake long ago [Laughs!]. In my room, my heart was racing. I paced up and down the room. I panicked when my Mum was just about to leave the house. I have no time to spare! My legs took over my mind and I went up to her and gave her The Hug. Tears welled up the moment I hugged her and everything just made sense from that moment. The Hug unwinds the past 13 years, literally! It felt like we travelled back time and I felt like a mummy’s little girl againJ

To be honest, after the hug, i was a little lost at one point. Like what’s next? The feeling of having my mummy back was so good i didn’t want to stop there. [It may sound exaggerating to you, it really felt like I found my mummy back after getting lost and detached over the past 10 over years.] I could finally be my mummy’s silly little girl again and I love that so much! So this is what I did, I met up with my mummy after her work for dinner.

As I am typing this, we are into 4th day and life has been amazing ever since! I learnt things about my Mum that I never used to know, which makes me appreciate her so much better than before.

So maybe I will share more here about how great life has been for my Mum and myself.

Guess what? My mum became my BFF (Best Friend Forever) and my confidant. Prior to this, I could never relate when someone says their Mum is their BFF/confidant but now I could truly appreciate that.

Today I was feeling a little overwhelmed by some issues I was facing. Spending the day with my mummy dearest was ‘therapeutic’J I woke up at 0730hrs in the morning and accompanied her to the polyclinic for her routine medical examination. I was glad I could be there with her; helping her with all the communication etc. [My Mum could only understand and speak very fundamental English. My Mum was telling me about this other time she went to CPF Board all by herself and how difficult it was for her when she couldn’t converse well in English. Hearing that makes me so guilty and ashamed of myself.]

Anyway, while waiting for our turn, we were enjoying each other’s company so much the wait didn’t even feel long! My Mum loves to take photos. So I began sharing with my Mum on some photo editing apps on Android and taught her how to use it. She told me she loved it and was so excited trying it out on various photos! If you ask me, I could never do that in the past. The moment my Mum asked me questions/ seek help, I get very frustrated. On good days I will answer her with an impatient tone [Can you imagine?!!], on bad days I simply brushed her off and get her to ask my brother instead [Seriously?!]. And if you think I wasn’t appreciative, you are so wrong. I was aware of all that my Mum has done for me over the years [SWISH 26 would know as I shared some parts of it during one of the Gratitude sharing session] and she meant so much to me. However, part of me just couldn’t let go of that one incident at the back of my mind.

Coming back, I accompanied her for the blood test, fixed the next appointment and here comes the best part, I foot the medical bill for my Mum. At that very instance, I could finally feel myself taking up the responsibility as her daughter. I can’t believe I didn’t do this until today and all along she was left alone to handle all these by herself. She must have felt very lonely that no one was there for her. Thereafter, we had a nice breakfast, went grocery shopping [her company was what makes it wonderful. Trust me, I was never a morning person and I never like the wet market.]

Back in the lift, mummy dearest asked me this question, “Aren’t you meeting JH [my fiancé] today?” I replied no. She asked me why so. I told her I have things to do. She asked me why didn’t I sleep in later so that I would have energy later in the afternoon to finish up my stuff. My ego consumed me at that moment again. I didn’t want to tear again. So this was what I told her, “I didn’t want to waste my morning sleepingJ” But the truth is, I didn’t want to be anywhere else. I just want to be there, right next to my Mum. I wouldn’t have exchanged those precious moments for anything else.

At night I was feeling kind of lost as I was still fretting over some issues that have been bugging me for days. I sat on the sofa, right next to mummy dearest. Lying next to her watching TV was simply comforting and gave mi strength♥ That is the lifetime privilege of a Mummy Little Girl for youJ

So what was the change?

Let me find the best way to share this. Maybe I will start with my train of thoughts.

In the past, I was a selfish girl living in denial, in self-pittance. I don’t live for anyone else, but myself.  After I made the effort to communicate with mummy dearest, I came to realize what I have been through, what I though was hardship was just peanuts! My mum has been through so much more in life, the intensity was 100000 times of mine! Till now, I still couldn’t forget the teary journey home [on the very night I met my Mum for dinner after The Hug in the morning]. I just couldn’t bear the thought that my Mum actually went through those painful moments in her life and suffered in silence [honestly I would not have survived those alone!].To think I didn’t even know about it!

I was really touched by my Mum’s unconditional love for the family. I could never recover those lost days [years actually]. Right now, I just want to love my Mum with all my life and do whatever I could for her.

Making a big life change is pretty scary.
But you know what’s even scarier?
REGRET.

Here’s an excerpt I took from the Book I am currently reading: The Follow Through Factor. I thought it would be appropriate to share in this context.

The worst thing that happened to those who fall short in following through their dreams is nothing, Life goes on as it is. Nothing happens. That’s the tragedy of matter.

It’s true. Life goes on that day even if Cayden hasn’t put me through the Belief test. I might have felt something is missing [and I would never find out what the missing piece was] but life goes on for me and I will continue living the way I have been living for the past 13 years.

Food for thought,

What was the ONE thing you always wanted to do but just haven’t got down to doing it?

With that, here’s a picture of mummy dearest and myself ♥♥

Mum Photo

This particular picture is meaningful to me as it was taken on the night, after the Hug on 21 Aug 2013 :)

Hazel

NLP Batch Swish 26

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