I was diagnosed with motor neuron disease (MND) 18 years ago, when I was 50 years old.
"I was diagnosed with motor neuron disease (MND) 18 years ago, when I was 50 years old. Progressively, I lost the function of my left arm. Within four years, I lost the function of my right arm, too. It was devastating at first, but I have since learnt to accept my condition.
Let me share something funny: I was taking the bus once, and a stranger held on to me for support. I had to explain that I could not use my hands, and would not be great support if the bus came to an abrupt stop! I often share this story with the MND support group at the National Neuroscience Institute. Some patients are fearful of going outdoors or explaining their condition to others, so I hope to encourage them with my experience. I don't think of myself as brave, just practical. I can choose to be gloomy about my condition, or content with what I have. I prefer to be thankful and move on with life. I know there is currently no cure for this disease but I hope that one day, a miracle will happen and a cure will be found."
Lim Siak Teng
Current patient at National Neuroscience Institute
Mr Lim is one of the winners of the Singapore Health Inspirational Patient and Caregiver Award 2016.