Blessed in so many ways

I was born into a big family, well-educated and come from a good family background. I still remember how I was having fun and enjoying life until I discovered that I was pregnant.
I panicked, I was scared and confused. I thought nobody could help me get through that problem. One of my best friends advised me to talk to my family when he learned that I was thinking of aborting the foetus.

Two months before sitting for my final examination, I went to the Carmelite and asked for prayers and one of the Sisters there told me about Pusat Jagaan Seri Murni (PJSM) and gave the contact number of Sr. Angelina. I contacted her and she politely told me to finish my studies first before I go into PJSM. When I was 6 months pregnant, I agreed to go into PJSM because I had no other choice.

I was brought to PJSM by the social worker and all I could remember was the warm welcome by Sr. Patricia. At first, it was hard for me to blend in and I once thought of moving out from there but after discussing with Sister Patricia,

I decided to stay on.

I broke the rules in PJSM countless of times during my early days. Later, I began to appreciate the good things that I enjoyed there so I followed the rules and accepted the fact that I was a part of PJSM.

We were trained to manage our time and had cooking, sewing, knitting as well as computer classes which taught us new skills and occupied us so that we did not waste our time thinking about the past. We had Mass on Thursdays and it had a calming effect on me.

For me, mixing and socializing with other residents of different religion, race and culture have taught me to respect and understand others better.

I am very lucky and blessed for having been

given the chance to learn so many things during my stay in PJSM. The experience that I gained from PJSM has made me a totally different person. If you should meet me now, you would never believe that I had gone through that difficult time of my life which I refer to as my 'dark tunnel'.

Thank you so much PJSM for making me who I am today - a good daughter and mom who knows how to appreciate and value those around me and what I have now.

As a past resident of PJSM and a person who has gone through such a difficult time of my life, I would like to tell those youngsters who are going through hard moments right now, that all problems can be solved as God is always with us. He knows what we are going through and if in life, we should ever feel exhausted and too difficult to stand, then kneel and let God lead us to what He has planned for each and every one of us. So let us face our difficult times together with God. To PJSM, thank you so much and may God shower us with abundant and continuous blessings.

By a former resident of Pusat Jagaan Seri Murni