I have been very blessed to be a receiver of help in many many ways.
I have met so many beautiful people during my time at the International Lupus and Autoimmunity Congress in Melbourne last week.
These two people are from Kenes Organizers and they have given me support throughout the Conference. They gave me parking tickets so that I didn’t have to park too far away (thank god for that because on the last day, I had to take 70 bags in my Nissan Pulsar back home!!!).
They organised for three MCEC staff to help me wheeled 3 trolleys into the room at the end of my speech so that the patients could take some bags home.
I was quite stressed out and nervous about the whole set-up, but things went very smoothly, apart from the fact that there were not many patients left at the end of the program, as my speech was scheduled to be one of the last one…
It feels so good to be supported by strangers, who do not even know me.
I believe that deep down, we are all driven to serve and assist others freely; without reward… because making a difference in someone’s life, making a difference in the world, make us feel good about ourselves.
This is a picture of how many bags I took to the loading dock the day before. Had to wake up at 6am from where I live, and buggered my brother to help me deliver these goods with me. We drove in 2 cars; he had a KIA 7 seater wagon so he took most of the bags.
Brad, a young bloke at the Loading Dock, was super friendly. Everything was done hassle-free. I gave him a copy of the Loading Dock drop-off form, and he actually drop-off these trolleys at earlier time than I expected the following day.
At the end of the conference, I was left with 2 trolleys full of these bags.
I really was too deliriously exhausted to be panicking about how I was going to transport these bags and loaded them into my car – ALONE!!! I did not have any energy to panic… I just started to ask everyone who was still around – which were not many, as the conference finished almost an hour before…
I did not have a photo of my helper this time.
But Jack or JJ, as he introduced himself, went above and beyond his responsibility and helped me til the end. He was one of the Sound engineering staff. I met him the day before when I took about 1 hour to edit my whole slide in the Speakers’ Ready Room and submitted it for them to set up for the presentation…. So, really, he was not suppose to even help me. And that was already past 6 pm… which was probably his knock-off time > . < but he kindly offered help and said;
“I can help you, if you don’t mind just waiting here, I have to drop these off first?” pointing at the trolley of equipment in front of him.
“Yes! Of course I will wait 🙂 Thank you so so much…. I just need one more person to help me wheel one trolley. I parked at the Basement Convention Centre carpark…”
But one thing I did not fully realise at that time was the fact that, I also needed his help with loading the bags into my car….
So, basically, both of us pushed a trolley each, took the lift down… went around the backdoor to reach to the car park, then he proceeded to help me with loading ALL of the bags into my car…
If I was not so deliriously exhausted mentally, I would probably have been ridden with a lot more guilt for making a stranger does so much for me… I was really in a survival mode that evening. By this time it was nearly 7PM…
I wished I could have thanked him in a proper way, like healthy normal people would… like… “Hey, thank you so much for your help! I owe you a drink!”
But, I really do not have any more energy left in me to do that… I had to drive myself home with 70 bags in my car (~140kgs) with my Lupus head!!!
So, I basically just kept thanking him and told him how much I really appreciated his help. He actually had to take the empty trolleys back to the loading dock, but he let me go. I hope that he can feel my sincerity and that maybe if we ever met again in the future somehow, I would be able to help him in some ways. At times like this, the only thing I can offer is a whisper of prayer of good luck for his life, health and journey in the future.
Last but not least, I met this beautiful soul.
We have only been talking on Whatsapp for a week about life, love and lupus, since she has to return to Ghana, but I feel like I have met a long lost sister.
I hope and wish that I would be able to visit her and her family in the future 🙂
I have a few ideas brewing in mind, so will share with everyone when things are starting to unfold.
I have so many ideas… but I feel torn and overwhelmed. There is not enough time and energy for me to do them all, along side my day job, everything else that I want to do, will have to come together slowly…
Slow is good anyway, right?
Slow and Steady gets you READY! – my new mantra.