Issue 3 - A Purpose - Driven Life
Madam Usdiati (left) mentoring the kids in her Green Montessori School
"Pablo Picasso once said, the meaning of life is to find your gift, and the purpose of life is to give it away."
However, far too often, many of us struggle to reconcile with our gift, and as a result, find it difficult to find meaning and purpose in life’s existence. In this issue, we meet with one of our patients, Madam Usdiati, a steel-willed woman born and bred in Indonesia, who relishes in her gift, and builds her life’s purpose in giving it away to better the lives of others around her. Obstinately defying whatever lemons life has thrown her way and making the most of it, we meet the inspirational warrior with a powerful gift of hope, and this is her story.
There is little time to waste as we settle down for the interview as Madam Usdiati has squeezed time in for us between her Doctor’s appointment. Unlike the two survivors we featured in our previous issues, Madam Usdiati is a patient of Multiple Myeloma, a type of bone marrow blood cancer characterised by abnormal expansion of malignant plasma cells in the bone marrow. Since her diagnosis of Multiple Myeloma back in 2012 in Singapore, Madam Usdiati shuffles in between countries every few months to seek treatment.