Lee Yong Jie suffered a life-threatening stroke at the age of 19. He had to relearn many things, such as how to sit up, swallow, control his bladder and walking - all the things he had taken granted before.
One year on, he recovered and found a job as a programmer but was retrenched early this year. The multiple blows did not daunt him and he has won an award to study to be a social worker at NUS.
"Before my stroke, I wanted different things. But now, I cherish my health, my friends and family more than I ever did before.
"I met someone my age in hospital, who had brain cancer. He didn't get the second chance I did. So, I felt that I couldn't give up.
"I want to make a difference to others."
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