Tee Poh Huat is a Lions Befrienders’ beneficiary who has survived cancer and wishes to age gracefully in the community.
Uncle Tee survived cancer, twice. Yet, his view on life has never been more filled with joy and positivity.
Give isolated seniors like Uncle Tee hope for a brighter future.
Share their joy when they are able to age gracefully in the community.
“Can’t you speak?”
Mr Tee was once questioned publicly but he could not even respond with a simple ‘No’.
Mr Tee was diagnosed with cancer not once, but twice. The first case which was diagnosed in 1988 left him with only one-third of his tongue, resulting in him having difficulties in talking and eating. In 2005, 53 year old Mr Tee was diagnosed with Laryngeal cancer. The first procedure required the removal of his voice box and left a hole in his neck. Two procedures to try and give him an artificial valve which acts like a voice box failed as the valve could not be positioned accurately. The former carpenter was unable to work after surgery and thus had no income.
Divorced with 2 sons, Mr Tee does not stay in contact with his family members and spends most of his time alone at home until Lions Befrienders came into the picture in 2012. The Befriending Programme provides him with the social-emotional support he needs. A volunteer or staff visits him weekly or contact him through phone calls frequently. “I benefitted a lot through receiving lots of care from Lions Befrienders – I am very grateful to them,” Mr Tee acknowledged.
We may not see them. We may not hear from them. But that does not mean that they their voices should remain unheard by us. Give hope to isolated seniors and help support the services that provide for basic, social and psycho-emotional needs of lonely seniors like Mr Tee. Share their joy when they have a ‘new voice’ in the community.
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