One night, I went to play soccer and woke up from a coma five days later.
I had a stroke.
Yes, a stroke at 33. And I had met the love of my life on Instagram. Just when everything seems better than perfect, suddenly I can’t walk and talk. If life is a cruel irony, this is it. I can’t even feed myself, let alone keep a long-distance relationship alive. But I won’t give up just like that. Mom and Dad didn’t raise me that way. Life tore me apart but I will pull through.
I’m a survivor, not a victim.
Told through blog entries, this memoir breaks your heart and puts it back again with the aroma, acidity and aftertaste of life.
The story behind this book
In 2014, my mentor Chew Lip Heng told me to write a book about my stroke. He guided me and roped in a team to help. I only had to write. They took care of everything else. After years of working on it, we finally published this.
Writing a book is hard. Writing this book is even harder. It tore old scars into fresh wounds over and over. Many times, I wanted to give up. But seeing the people who care about me, I gave up giving up.
And I hope you will too.
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This is Melvin and I’m a copywriter from Singapore. I had a stroke when I was 33 and have speech impairment. Since words don’t sound nice anymore, I wanna make them beautiful with my hands. That’s why I write. And because I can’t type properly, I write with my iPhone. Nothing’s gonna stop me!
I’m always on Instagram, so come hang with me @rainy_day_survivor