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There is life after loss

Some people love the thrill of holding a rifle in their hands while others love the sound of shots. But what I love is the smell of gunpowder that comes from firing live rounds at the shooting range. 

But I hadn’t always been this competitive. Growing up, I didn’t think about my future. I had no ambitions and if it wasn’t for shooting, I would have been aimless and without achievements that I’m proud to call my own.

From a SEA Games shooter to a Para Games shooter, so much and too much has changed within a short span of time for me. In 2012, I lost all four of my limbs to a bacterial infection which has changed my life in unimaginable ways.

From being an independent mother of two with a zest for life, I had to rely on my children, my family members and friends to help me through simple, day-to-day stuff. It was so frustrating that I couldn’t do simple things everyday and I experienced countless bitter moments.

But the one hope that kept me alive during my darkest days was returning to the shooting range one day. I’m very active and competitive, and I train very hard to knock my opponents out of the game, with or without my limbs.

My proudest achievements include not only winning a bronze shooting medal at the 2003 SEA Games but also my two sons who have been my greatest pillars of support since my amputation. As a mother, I couldn’t have asked for stronger or kinder sons to take care of me and I’m so blessed to have them in my life.

Since losing my limbs, I found a new purpose in life. Not only am I participating in this year’s ASEAN Para Games, I am also a motivational speaker in schools where I hope to inspire youths and adults that life doesn’t end just because their lifeline has suddenly been cut off.

There is always life after loss and I’m living proof of that.