People have been very nosey, asking if I belong to any particular support group. As a matter of fact, I do. Back then during the 90s such groups were a rare thing and I was basically battling on my own to get on my ‘2 feet’ again. I was partly to be blamed as I wouldn’t even budge out of the comfort zone, the bed.
It took me like years to bounce back. Its never too late but would have made a lot of difference if I knew miracles will only knock on your door if you work for it. Never thought I’d sound like some gay motivational speaker but that’s how things work. In order for you to reach for the star you have to bla bla and bla and shit and there I was, ready to face all the prejudices bound to be thrown in my direction. I was knocked down as a dumb kid, but prepared to get up as a man, only crippled, and still dumb.
The first opportunity came and i jumped right at it and in no time that I found myself as one of the members of Perwira K9, a support group for spinal cord injury persons. I thought its high time I should contribute something to society, and have never looked back since.
Before your mind gets all the silly idea about Perwira K9 being a PAWS-like association, championing dog's rights, you better think again. Not in any ways has it anything to do with the labradors, rottweilers, tottenham hotspurs, alsatians and the likes, no. K9 is simply the name of the only spinal cord injury ward in the country. Which I believe the K is for Kayu.
Here’s briefly about perwira K9, taken directly from its website. You can find the link somewhere in the middle of the blogroll as I have yet to learn how you bloggers did the here, here and here linking thing.
With the encouragements from our rehab specialists and doctors, a group of patients in the spinal ward K9 of Hospital Kuala Lumpur together with counselors, physiotherapists, nurses, and a few ex-patients decided to form The Bravehearts of K9. An organization formed and run by people with spinal cord injuries.
Why the bravehearts of K9?
A normal person in his mid life, suddenly obtained spinal cord injuries resulting him being paralyzed, a drastic changed in lifestyles that coped with multiple medical problems, immobility and physical problems, social and prejudices, financially and lots more. It needed the hearts of a warrior or patriots to cope with all these problems and carry on with this new lifestyle. That is why we are calledThe Bravehearts.
To help people with Spinal Cord Injuries to accept and adapt to the drastic change in new lifestyles and bravely carry on with life.
This bit is important. We are multi-racial, non-religious and non-political NGO. So to all corporate companies, GLCs and politicians, play your part by sending us cheques worth a million bucks or something.
(from top) The Boss, The President and The Apple-Polisher.