My Story I am sharing a story that I wrote for my first fundraising campaign on Gofundme.org
I was born in 1984 in a one-room apartment in a small rural town called Lang Son located in the northeast of Vietnam. When I turned two years old, I got polio because my remote hometown didn’t have the polio vaccine. My mother and father were very sad and distressed. They loved me so much, they traveled far and wide to find doctors and purchased herbal medicines with their small savings in hopes to cure me.
My childhood was hard. Everyday I would sit on an old bed, leaning against the wall, waiting for my parents to come home from work. Without any toys to play with, I would sit there and listen to the music from my neighbor’s radio. I started singing and fell in love with music. Thanks to my mother’s great care and my dad’s strict training, I started walking when I was five. However, I had a very disabling limp that kept me isolated, insecure, and fearful that others would make fun of me if I went out in public.
Singing was my salvation. When I sang, the darkness around me lifted and I felt that I could connect with the world again. The Moon Festival performance was first time I was on stage. I was only 7 years old and when I looked out at the audience at the far corner of the room, I saw my father crying with joy. That was the first time I saw him cry. I felt grateful that I could share my voice with my family and with other people, since most of my difficult childhood had been spent lonely at home and singing alone.