26 Years

Twenty six years ago today, around this time, I plunged into a swimming pool. That split second, when my head made contact with the bottom of the pool, changed my life forever. Among others, this incident was said to be fate, destiny or karma. I see it as a foolish teenage bravado gone wrong.

Whatever it is, I have struggled, fell, climbed back up again many times to survive until now. This is no less the effort of my parents, especially my mother, cousin Peter Lim, my soulmate and wife Wuan, relatives and friends who have come into my life during different times to provide support and encouragement.

To all of you who have played a part in this, please accept my deepest gratitude. I would not be where I am today without you. To quote Celine Dion in her song, “I am everything I am, because you loved me.” As I write this, I am shedding tears thinking of you all and the goodness you have blessed me with. Thank you.

Author: Peter Tan

Peter Gabriel Tan. Penangite residing in the Klang Valley. Blissfully married to Wuan. A LaSallian through and through. Slave to three cats. Wheelchair user since 1984. End-stage renal disease since 2017. Principal Facilitator at Peter Tan Training specialising in Disability Equality Training. Former columnist of Breaking Barriers with The Borneo Post. This blog chronicles my life, thoughts and opinions. Connect with me on Twitter and Facebook.

6 thoughts on “26 Years”

  1. Peter, you are also who you are today because you are a fighter. Because you’ve never given up, and because you have trusted people around you to help you whenever you needed help the most.

    I learned about you a few years ago when I started blogging, and I must tell you today that you have been an inspiration to me. Your determination in advocating for the rights of the disabled in Malaysia is truly inspiring 😀


      1. Aiyah, what I am doing for the turtles is nothing compared to what you are doing for the community 😀 Keep it up!

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