Here at Little Life Warrior Society, we provide care and support to children diagnosed with cancer. As the little warriors go through their lengthy treatments, they often have a lot of waiting time before and after hospital sessions; so I prepare games, crafts, videos and educational materials to play with them and keep them engaged and uplifted during these times. Children who are battling illness and their families can often feel very isolated and lonely. So through our support groups, like our choir and band, we hope to remind them that they are not alone in this journey. I experienced a long period of illness myself back in 2011. I was told that I had a brain tumour and needed to have an operation, which eventually lasted 20 hours. Luckily the tumour was benign and I have fully recovered, but I have full compassion for these kids as I understand what it’s like to be in a state of uncertainty and fear due to a health issue, and how helpless one can feel. Compassion means to see from someone’s point of view, understand their situation and care for them based on how they feel. I’m so grateful to be alive and want to give all my love and support to these little warriors who are so strongly and admirably fighting!”
“I have been working at Little Life Warrior Society for 2 years and it’s my first job in the NGO sector. Before this, I worked in kindergartens for over 20 years. It’s so satisfying to work with kids as they are so innocent and playful - they sing, dance, talk and you see them improve and grow every day. Over the years, I’ve learned that there is no one-size-fits-all approach with kids because each child is unique. At our playgroups, we sometimes have some very reserved kids who don’t want to engage at first. But children are very intuitive and will feel genuine care; so with some patience, kindness and mutual trust, they will gradually open up. When the kids have to stay in the hospital for long periods, they often miss their classmates and friends. So with the help of our social worker, we pair them up with kids who are on their road to recovery, so that they can support each other and keep each other company. Just like any other person who is unwell, what these kids need most is care, support and knowing that they’re not alone.”
“Even as a kid myself, I would play ‘teacher’ with my two younger sisters. I would come up with all sorts of games, props and ideas and have a great time. We used to live in a large housing estate, where all the neighbouring kids would get together and play everyday. Even though I’ve spent most of my life working with children, I never lose my temper with them. I think it’s more effective to connect with and discipline kids through reasoning and sharing of experiences, rather than yelling and shouting. I have a 20 year old son. I always joke with other parents that, ironically, I am not a good role model as a mother. Because I was so busy working in the early years of my career, my son spent a lot of time with his grandma and I would only see him on weekends. We are a lot closer now and have really bonded over the years, which I’m so grateful for. He also wants to become a teacher. I guess I might have influenced him in some way! In my time off, I love to go on boat rides and take long walks in nature; when taking care of others, we also need to remember to take care of ourselves!”
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