I've always been mentioning my friends and family in my blog posts. I have to mention that many of friends are actually the people that I work with at Global Sources. Some of them I've worked with for 15 years. I can't mention them all but from Merle, Spenser, Tommy, Brandon, James S., Philip, Sarah and Ron, Mark S., Brent, Peter, Bennie, Graham, Claudius, Suzanne, Connie, Chuck, Mike S, Bill J., Alex B and the Hinrich Foundation, thank you for your messages. Brandon is even Skyping me at odd hours in Asia. Amitabh, Shishir and the India team, Ms. Jung and the Korea team, Din Han, Anna and the VN and rest of SE Asia team, the World's Greatest Trade Show Team (Alexis, Flora, Tricia, Minnie, Nicole, Tracy, Ida, Rex) to Seema, Manoj, Brendon, Melody, the folks in HKG, Florence, Yvonne, Holly, Teresa, Jackie, Will C., Felix, Alinda, Mark G., and all the Southmark team, the wonderful folks in the Philippines, Rufus, Grace and the Accts team, Bernie and Editorial Team, my former GS team of page developers, Jackie, Jasper, Rod, Tina. To my dear friend Minesh, who calls regularly to check on me. Thanks. To other former GS team members such as Nick and to all of you who have sent your wishes, thank you. To those who I haven't mentioned, my apologies, I simply can't name all who have sent me well wishes as the messages, prayers, thoughts have been overwhelming. I'm so honored to have all of you supporting me through this. I need to make special mention of my Asst. Office Manager, Mars Ilagan, who has done so much for me through all of this.
I have talked about the family and friends who have been my support. However, for 15 years, Global Sources has been such a huge part of my life, having provided me with the opportunity to come to Asia and do what I truly love to do and what I am passionate about. Global Sources is part of my family.
Good days are outnumbering the bad now which feels even better. Yesterday (May 20) admittedly was "bad". I had dialysis in the morning which wiped me out and my heart medication began to react to lower my heart rate to a low level (42bpm) and my blood pressure got too low. I also got my weekly dose of Chemotherapy which made me feel a bit funky later in the day. To help out my heart, my doctor Ruffy Festin (also my cousin) changed the medication doses which is why I feel really good today. Today, I woke up feeling great. Really feeling good. One measure is that I could actually get up the stairs 2x without getting light headed. To me, that's a major accomplishment right now.
I decided to get my work PC and go through emails which I did for the better part of 4 hours. I sent out a couple of longer mails re: our upcoming show in Miami, as well as to the India team and to the Korea team. It felt great to actually be working, even though it's from the USA right now! I know that my brain is still working and now that I had some time, I wanted to contribute to what I feel I do well. I also know that I will be back at full strength at some point, although that is still some ways off. My heart is now under control, my kidneys are just starting to come back, my lungs are not 100% yet and my GI bleeding is now under control. My Chemo is just starting the 2nd stage of 6 stages so I have to be patient.That being said, I feel great today and I hope to be feeling even better in the future. To my Global Sources family, I want to rejoin you as soon as possible.
My birthday is tomorrow, May 22. This one is a gift from God and from all of you who have been praying for me Thank you.
Lastly, I've received a few comments (as well as my own comments) that I'm going to beat Cancer. In the spirit of the 80's and knowing that so many people enjoyed my previous video post, please take a step back 20+ years and watch this video. Yet another reason to make you smile.