My name is Nur Zakiah and I’m 33 this year, recently divorced and having a son who is only 5 years old.
I’m suffering from Buerger’s Disease as well as Raynaud’s Phenomenon. Buerger's disease is a rare disease of the arteries and veins in the arms and legs and the blood vessels become inflamed, swell and can become blocked with blood clots (thrombi). This eventually damages or destroys skin tissues and may lead to infection and gangrene. My Raynaud’s Phenomenon was the cause of my Buerger’s Disease.
I wasn’t always like this. When I was still fit and healthy, I worked at the zoo, spending time with animals which is my first love. However, things started going downhill for me when I was 16 years old onwards and it has been plaguing me for many years, till the point that I wasn’t even able to hold or grab objects with my hand, and as you can see what happen to my feet.
I’m going through a divorce right now, and my husband had abandon us, leaving only my son, who is 5 years old, and since I cannot work, I started to apply for CDC Funds.
CDC Funds help us with $120 per month, and with the blessing of the mosque, we do receive $50 vouchers. However, the CDC Funds will expire in October, and we have to reapply, subject to their approval.
But, to feed myself is already insufficient, and not mentioning about feeding my son. My son is unable to drink Formula Milk, and only able to drink Milo, which adds to my worry in finances.
Our rental for the flat is $250 per month, with utilities and groceries expenditure in total about $500 to $600 per month. I used to be able to make arts and craft for sale to wedding planners, but now both of my hands are not as flexible as before.
To add matter worst, my bandages, which is a special type of bandages call Mepilex AG, cost me about $120 per week, which I’m trying to save by looking for the cheapest source available.
Till date, a social enterprise has been helping us, but they are unable to sustain and help us for too long.
I’m seeking the public assistance and compassion to help us tide over this difficult period, hopefully for me to cure my Buerger’s Disease, and I really can’t wait to get back to work.
I’m only 33 and my life can’t be stop now, and I can’t stop because I have a 5 year old son to look after too.
Your kind generosity will help to change my life and all I’m asking was the interim help for at least to tide through this tough period.
Thank you for reading my story.