It has been 17 years since magazine publisher Maggie Ng Miu-man received a life-saving donor kidney from her sister Rosita, but she still fights a constant battle against organ failure. Since the operation, she has married her university sweetheart, had two children, launched a parenting magazine, set up a public relations business and took up volunteer work with the Hong Kong Kidney Foundation. But even now, she needs regular medical treatment to fight off the possibility of kidney failure. 'I cannot ignore the fact that I am sick, but I try to live every day meaningfully,' she says. 'I do not know how long I will survive, but I make every day count. I have never thought about giving up.' Ms Ng's health problems started shortly after she graduated in journalism from Shue Yan College in 1985. Her doctor told her she had a serious kidney problem that could be fixed only by a transplant. After the operation two years later, Ms Ng worked as a reporter and later married. Because of her poor health, she worried that she would not be able to bear children. 'I had thought about not having my own children, instead opting for adoption,' she says. But four years on, her son Terry was born, followed six years later by daughter Cherry. With both children happy and healthy, her fears proved groundless. The arrival of her son inspired Ms Ng to set up the first local parenting magazine, Baby. 'I have an obligation to educate my children as best as I can, just as all parents do,' she says. 'But everyday I am racing against time and try to talk with my children as much as I can. I hope that one day if I cannot talk to them anymore, they will have learned enough from me to be able to be good people. 'It is easy for parents to love children, but it is often hard to have patience and spend quality time with them.' When not with her family, Ms Ng is busy with her family magazine business, which includes a production company, and PR and health-care research firms. Six years ago, the Hong Kong Kidney Foundation invited Ms Ng to share her experiences in fighting kidney failure. As a board member, she feels an obligation to raise as much money as possible to help kidney patients who cannot afford medical treatment. The exposure led Ms Ng and her husband to set up a non-profit health-care network in 1999 to carry out surveys on health matters in Hong Kong, and to give free lectures on health care and parenting. 'The experience of being parents taught us how to treasure life and made us realise it was important to contribute to society.'