Poesy started a group on Facebook called Helping Angels to do charity and community work around the
Her fledging organization has already recruited about 700 angels involved in short term projects that require varying efforts and time commitments. Currently they are in the early days of a tutoring program at Precious Children Home in Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
The long term goal is to introduce the tutoring program to provide academic assistance on a weekly basis to children across a range of homes, and to eventually implement a fostering program for children with outstanding results.
Having been through a similar life threatening experience myself, I was impressed and tried to read her Facebook profile but couldn’t as she was in the
Poesy started young. From her pre-schooling days, she started classical training in various forms of Chinese cultural art, performing arts and music. These creative skills contributed to her later years. At age 14 she was already dabbling in television, advertisements, voiceovers and as a commercial talent.
During the height of her television career at 17, Poesy was diagnosed to have a life-threatening spinal tumor and was deemed permanently paralyzed waist down. One year after surgery, against medical predictions, she made a rapid and miraculous recovery, albeit with changed perspectives on life.
At the end of 1999, she made the decision to move away from the entertainment industry in order to seek her purpose in life, to fulfill her strong passion to live, to write, to learn and to pass it on in hope of benefiting others.
After her secondary education, Poesy trained for 3 years in architectural engineering. When she decided to quit the entertainment scene at 24, she ventured on to do her MBA to refine her skills. At 26, Poesy started to pursue a law degree but was forced to drop-out from law school due to health complications
Thus she spent her 20s exploring different jobs and industries. To quote a magazine article on her, "What she has accomplished to date is enough to last normal folks many lifetimes. Futures trader, motivational speaker, writer, television commercial talent, professional MC, VJ, artist, volunteer worker, survivor and finally started her own interior design practice. For multi-talented Poesy, life seems to be a whole series of fresh starts."
At 28, Poesy was once again faced with another health hurdle. More spinal tumors were found. Life once again posed the horrifying possibility of partial paralysis. Poesy calmly put her life on hold, and after the second spinal surgery she applied herself relearning to walk again. This was another turning point to defining Poesy's never-say-die attitude while she bravely fought the effects of the surgery and remnant tumors.
oh, did I mention she sings, too? image credit: eugene ong, all dat jazz
In February 2006, Poesy underwent CyberKnife surgery in
She resolutely set her mind to make yet another miracle happen. During the recuperation period, she wasted no time on self pity and instead concentrated on building up her career aspects and in May 2006 conceptualized and set up POEZ Jewelers, a private collection of fine jewellery she personally designed. You can view her exclusive designs here.
I waited for a break in the performances and duly introduced myself to her. Initially wary, she gradually opened up and we had an interesting chat.
I admire her because Poesy believes in conquering challenges. She insists on moving forward, aided by her eccentric sense of humor and positive character. Her attitude towards life can be seen in the things she writes about in her blog. Like me, writing for her is a cathartic experience too.
If I had to sum up Poesy in one word I would say she’s a fighter.
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