The work of Siam-Care in the prison, can be a slow process to seeing improvement and changes in lives. Long sentences contribute to the inmates feeling lethargic and hopeless, difficult to motivate or stimulate to look after their health.
But there are high lights which make the work, the time and effort put into it, all worthwhile. We want to share one such high light with you in the form of a letter received from Mr Pat one of the inmates who has been in the hospital ward for many months. From being a quiet man without much hope he changed into a friendly and talkative person who is motivated to improve his life and looks forwards to his release in a few years time.
Here some exerts of Mr. Pat's letter:
“When I lived outside I was a teenager without a goal in life, dropped out of school and ended up using amphetamines to pass the time. This eventually led me to selling drugs which is the reason I am now in prison with a 15 year sentence.........
After being incarcerated a couple of years I became sick, so very sick that my legs and lower part of my body lost all strength and I couldn't even get up any longer. I gave up on life and didn't have a reason to continue. But two other inmates were my friends and didn't let me give up, they kept encouraging me and telling me that I would be a free man again one day and have a new life on the outside. Also my mother and sister kept visiting me. I thought they would be angry and upset with me and not want to have anything to do with me, but instead they continued to come on visiting day and begged me not to give up on life. So finally I agreed to see the prison doctor and was eventually diagnosed with HIV and Psoriasis..........
I was admitted into the hospital and here I met you (Siam-Care staff), you also didn't let me give up but brought me hope and stories about life outside. I started to tell myself that I still had a life ahead and should exercise if I wanted to leave this place walking on my own. So slowly I started practicing; first moving my toes, then my feet, then bending my legs. I practiced every day and improved little by little, I also received medication for my sicknesses..........
I started this in 2011 and now I am walking again with a stick, I have never skipped a dosage of medication and every day I feel stronger and happier. And I will never give up.........
Thank you for helping me, for being my friend and encouraging me, I will never forget you.”
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