Posted by Guest Blogger on November 11, 2011
Wasan, one of our MaxStations in Thailand is our Guest Blogger writing about the Maximize Life Art Project “Regional Winner” for Asia, Ploy. He and our team have gotten to known Ploy and her family thanks to MaxSmiles, the local Thai support group for people living with blood cancer.
Nittaya, whose nickname is “Ploy” is 25 years old and the sister of Wisarut, known as “Rut”, a young adult CML survivor. Friends of The Max Foundation may remember reading about Rut and Ploy in our “Colors of Hope” book featuring artists affected by cancer who shared their personal expressions through art. Rut and Ploy had worked together on a piece of art which was shown in the book. We are pleased to share that since the story of their family was published much happiness has returned to them.
What inspired Ploy to make this latest artwork is her experience of joining “MaxSmiles” the local patient support group in Thailand. She has noticed that everybody who joins a meeting for the first time undergoes the same process that she experienced. First of all, they often come to the group with a feeling of hopelessness. They feel that the cancer is incurable and their lives will never be as normal people anymore. After the first meeting new members have the tendency to keep to themselves since the people in the room are still strangers. However, Ploy notices that a change happens when they come to the meetings regularly, where through sharing experiences, supporting each other and empowering of each member of the group, they gain hope back and their attitudes toward the disease changes. They now have a sense of hope that they can live as normal as ordinary people live.
These days, Ploy spends her time helping her mother tend to home life. She tells us that her brother (Rut) has moved away from their family to help his uncle on his business in another province. Rut is getting better after receiving a help from The Max Foundation. He works six days a week (which shows how healthy he is). He comes home every Sunday on his day off to stay with his family. Rut is very good about keeping his appointments with his physician every three months.
Ploy’s artwork reflects her experience as it shows that when our bodies and minds are strong and healthy, there is nothing we need to be afraid of. The weaknesses that obstruct us are destroyed just like a piece of paper. Through the endless support from family and friends like those in MaxSmiles, we can win this battle!