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Unproductive days

I have been feeling lightheaded on and off recently which I attribute to hypoglecemia. That is exacerbated by occasional hypotension related to peritoneal dialysis. I was advised by the doctor to stop taking amlodipine, the medicine to control my hypertension. Nevertheless, the convergence of these two...

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1 week and a day ago.

 

New year, new blood

Time for another monthly dose of 50mcg epoetin. My kidneys can no longer produce erythropoietin (EPO) , a hormone that stimulates the production of red blood cells. I was severely aneamic because of that. Epoetin is a man-made hormone that has the same effect as EPO. My red blood cells have gone back to...

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2 weeks and 2 days ago.

 

Inappropriate disability-related terms: wheelchair-bound and able-bodied

This post was written in relation to the headline and content of the following article: Wheelchair-bound Long Island teen is first in NY to compete against able-bodied foes It is more appropriate to use wheelchair user instead of wheelchair bound and non-disabled people/persons instead of able bodied. We...

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5th May 2016 11:27pm

 

When ignorance is endangerment – Breaking Barriers – The Borneo Post – 6 December, 2015

When ignorance is endangerment December 6, 2015, Sunday Peter Tan, mail@petertan.com MY wife and I had wanted to get some shelves for organising our books, my training materials and various knick-knacks that were occupying the three-seater sofa and everywhere else we could pile them on. We were afraid if we...

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8th January 2016 4:51am

 

Durians to the rescue

We were in Putrajaya to submit an application to the Jabatan Pengangkutan Jalan early this morning and spent an hour circling around looking for the Ministry of Transport building. We had changed cars and required approval for the hand control attachment. Unbeknownst to us, the ministry had moved from...

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22nd December 2015 11:37pm

 

A day for spurring positive changes – Breaking Barriers – The Borneo Post – 28 November, 2015

A day for spurring positive changes November 28, 2015, Saturday Peter Tan, mail@petertan.com THE International Day of Persons with Disabilities falls on Dec 3. The United Nations encourages governments, civil society organisations and the private sector to join hands with disabled people’s organisations...

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15th December 2015 3:32pm

 

Toilet tales – Breaking Barriers – The Borneo Post – 25 October, 2015

Toilet tales October 25, 2015, Sunday Peter Tan, mail@petertan.com THE first time I attended an international conference on disability, I was awed by the sheer number of disabled people gathered in a single place. Altogether, there were 3,500 participants from around the globe. It was the Disabled...

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15th December 2015 3:16pm

 

A dream coming true – Breaking Barriers – The Borneo Post – 5 September, 2015

A dream coming true September 5, 2015, Saturday Peter Tan, mail@petertan.com I AM excited and there is a good reason for it. The vision I have been harbouring for the past 10 years is finally coming to fruition. Readers of this column may recall my journey into disability rights advocacy began when I...

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15th December 2015 3:00pm

 

Managing the unmentionable – Breaking Barriers – The Borneo Post – 16 August, 2015

Managing the unmentionable August 16, 2015, Sunday Peter Tan, mail@petertan.com THERE are some aspects of impairments that disabled people don’t discuss openly, even with each other. Two of them are the lack of bladder and bowel control. More than often, we shy away from talking about them, perhaps due to...

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15th December 2015 2:44pm

 

Celebrating a treasured friendship – Breaking Barriers – The Borneo Post – 5 July, 2015

Celebrating a treasured friendship July 5, 2015, Sunday Peter Tan, mail@petertan.com Everyone needs a friend or two. By friends, I don’t mean casual acquaintances we meet in the course of our work or leisure activities but the ones we can trust our life with and are more than willing to get us out of...

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15th December 2015 2:28pm

 

A culture of kindness and gratitude – Breaking Barriers – The Borneo Post – 17 May, 2015

A culture of kindness and gratitude May 17, 2015, Sunday Peter Tan WHILE I was seated in the driver’s seat with the door wide open, my wife was busy taking my wheelchair out from the boot and assembling it. A young man who was walking past looked at my wife and then at me as Continue reading A...

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4th August 2015 5:56pm

 

Oft-asked questions about disability – Breaking Barriers – The Borneo Post – 5 April, 2015

Oft-asked questions about disability April 5, 2015, Sunday Peter Tan IN the Disability Equality Training (DET) workshops I conduct, I encourage participants to ask questions and invite other participants to respond and comment. It is through this process of questioning and sharing that we are all able to...

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4th August 2015 5:38pm

 

Myths and Misconceptions About Disabled People – Breaking Barriers – The Borneo Post – 8...

Myths and misconceptions about disabled people by Peter Tan. Posted on March 8, 2015, Sunday I WORK from home. The main door is always closed in the daytime to give a semblance that no one is home. An open door is usually an invitation to itinerant salesmen and donation collectors of dubious organisations...

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9th June 2015 6:17pm

 

The sin of tsundoku – Breaking Barriers – The Borneo Post – 7 December, 2014

The sin of tsundoku Posted on December 7, 2014, Sunday DECEMBER is the month I tread with a little trepidation. No, I have not been bad. I also have not made a list of things I want from the chubby guy with snowy white beard and ridiculous red costume. Even when I did, I never Continue reading The...

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29th March 2015 12:29am

 

Accessibility must lead to inclusion and participation – Breaking Barriers – The Borneo Post...

Accessibility must lead to inclusion and participation by Peter Tan. Posted on November 16, 2014, Sunday DO you remember cinemas of old? Those were the days when discarded kuaci shells and other whatnots crackled under our feet as we gingerly made our way to the seats. Our olfactory senses were often rudely...

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17th December 2014 7:56pm

 

Of legacies, memories and a good Samaritan – Breaking Barriers – The Borneo Post – 2...

Of legacies, memories and a good Samaritan by Peter Tan. Posted on November 2, 2014, Sunday MY mother was a bit of a hoarder, not the scary kind but of things that were of sentimental value to her. This can be seen from the things that she kept. Among them were baby mittens she knitted []

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17th December 2014 7:23pm

 

Of legacies, memories and a good Samaritan – Breaking Barriers – The Borneo Post – 2...

Of legacies, memories and a good Samaritan by Peter Tan. Posted on November 2, 2014, Sunday These pineapple fibre dresses are now likely over 80 years old. MY mother was a bit of a hoarder, not the scary kind but of things that were of sentimental value to her. This can be seen from the []

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15th December 2014 10:37pm

 

A talk to remember – Breaking Barriers – The Borneo Post – 4 October, 2014

A talk to remember by Peter Tan. Posted on October 4, 2014, Saturday IN all the years that I have been a trainer, I have never had to give a talk about myself as a disabled person. Sure, I have written about my life countless times in my blog and in this column but never []

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7th December 2014 4:08pm

 

Seventh Wedding Anniversary

Wuan and I were officially married seven years today. How much my life has changed since then. I have never been happier. I have never been more fulfilled. And there is no one else I want to spend the rest of my life with.

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21st October 2014 7:24am

 

Seventh Wedding Anniversary

Wuan and I are officially married seven years today. How much my life has changed since then. I have never been happier. I have never been more fulfilled. And there is no one else I want to spend the rest of my life with.

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21st October 2014 12:24am

 

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