A Glimpse of the Past
Author: Susie Chandy
Negeri Sembilan Parkinson’s Society, Malaysia (May 2009)
Lloyd Tan Parkinson’s Trust Fund, under HSBC (Malaysia) Trustee Berhad
Soft cover: 96 pages
14.9cm (W) x 21cm (H)
The late Madam Susie Chandy wrote and published this book in April 2001. This autobiography was written in a captivating and direct style of narration that reflects Madam Susie Chandy’s life-long profession of an English school teacher.
The colourful life story of Madam Susie Chandy before Parkinson’s started from her childhood in pre-war Malaya in Klang. Despite being brought up with strict Christian and Indian family values, and faced with the tragic loss of her mother at a young age, her childhood was filled with adventures. There was the Japanese Occupation, traveling to India and staying in India for a short stint and finally returning to Klang. Aunties, uncles and cousins, besides her own father and siblings, were a huge part of her growing up years.
She fell in love with K.O. Chandy (a Maths teacher and family friend) even before she finished her finals in school and got married a few years later. Their union produced four wonderful girls, who were brought up with love and the same strict Christian and Indian family values. Juggling between her career and family life, Madam Susie Chandy exhibited all the strong and supportive characteristics of a great woman of substance.
Despite being diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 1993, Madam Susie Chandy continued teaching for a few more years. Her illness deteriorated very quickly and her diagnosis was later changed to Parkinsonism-plus. Until the last years of her life, she continued, as much as she could, caring for her family and grandchildren, traveling overseas extensively and participating in the activities of the local Parkinson’s support group. In February 2008, Madam Susie Chandy succumbed to the Parkinson’s that had plagued her for more than a decade.