When I first started Cancerstory.com in September 2000, some people did not think that it would last long—it was merely a knee-jerk reaction to cope with grief. Incidentally, I received the following feedback on 23 November 2010:
"I just wanted to say that, as a guidance counsellor, I have been using your page with information on dealing with death and bereavement at my school. It's been helpful...thank you for making it!"
After spending eight years in championing patient advocacy, I wanted to call it a day upon the release of my first book, "What Killed My Dad?: Reflections on how to make your hospital stay safer" in January 2009. Ironically, this book became the "U-turn"—favourable feedback received from readers and supporters, and web surfers of Cancerstory.com spurred me to champion patient safety in Singapore. The term “patient safety” is a new vocabulary to many laypeople.
Thanks to my friends and volunteers: Theresa, Cheng, Mr Loy, Srinivas Bhakta, Ravinder, Ethel Fong, Soh Ying Zhi, Hong Kai Wei, Melissa Teo, Soh Wai Ming and Syarah who had given their time and contributed drawings to make this book vivid and compelling.
I would also like to thank Dr Lois Hong and Dr Tan Wai Jia for their contribution of the write-up, "Why Study Medicine?" in Chapter 16.
I am also grateful to my siblings and their spouses, my nieces and nephews, and my mentor, Uncle David Row who are always there to give me their full support.
Posted on 17 September 2012