Friday, December 30, 2011

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year




Hi all,
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. What a wonderful year 2011. Time does fly and my body is responding very well to my treatments and supplements. I am looking forward for the new year 2012 with more confidence and better health.

Thank you all for visiting my blog site and I wish you all a blessed new year. May you all find joy and health and all your problems be in the past. Let us share our blessings with others and lead them down the right path to good health and quality life.

God bless you all and take care always.

Allen Lai

Sunday, December 11, 2011

KL Prostrate Cancer Support Group Annual Lunch 2011

 Mr Das with Master Yap

 Planning for the coming year ?

 Chit chats

 Mr Rama, new member

Miss Filial Daughter with Mr Das's contagious smile

Hi all,

The Kuala Lumpur Prostrate Cancer Support Group held its annual get-together at a buffet lunch at the CitiTel Hotel KL on 10 December 2011. This is the annual tradition  for members to end the year on a high note. Another year survived, another year cancer free.

About 35 members with their wives and caregivers from the Kuala Lumpur and Subang Medical Centre groups, attended the sumptuous buffet lunch spread. The food and variety of dishes offered was something we old folks and diabetes alike would die for. And eat all we did, with all cautions thrown into the wind. After all it was only a "once only affair" with the sin foods. It was after all celebration time.

We wish to thank Mr Das and most filial daughter who had initiated all these group meetings and get-together for us. We had a successful year 2011 and look forward to another year to come. Thank you Mr Das, you are our inspiration for your relentless efforts to bring information, knowledge and good practices for all of us. You made the difference for us and we will continue to look forward to your leadership and smiles. We are all glad that Mr Das's confidence and smiles are contagious.

We also wish to thank Master Yap our QiGong Sifu and Mr Choo from Subang Medical Centre for gracing the function.

We wished everybody a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. The function finished past 3 pm that afternoon.
Take care

Allen Lai



Barefoot College




Hi all.
Thanks to Mr Bunker Roy. He has made a difference to millions of lives by establishing the BareFoot College in India and Africa. What a legacy and leadership model to emulate.

Please watch his amazing video below.

http://www.sadroo.com/0089.php


I hope out Leadership for Health and Caring Malaysia will learn some ideas from Mr Roy. Lets start to make small steps in his honour.


Take care
Allen

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Leadership for Health and Caring Malaysia


Last month I had two posts namely, I am now Cancer Free and Leaders Needed. My new year's resolution for 2012 is to set up a team of leaders in Leadership for Health and Caring Malaysia (LHCM)

LHCM is organised to promote good health and to provide caring to all Malaysians who are in need of assistance and care, irrespective of race, religion or political inclinations. We have no boundaries.
Leaders are expected to create purpose and values in every LHCM programmes.

Tasks for leaders may include:
Volunteering to health and caring projects in their communities.
Identifying organisations and people in needs for assistance and caring in their communities.
To form and mobilise their own team members.
To source for contributions and donations for LHCM projects.
To share ideas and projects in the advancement of LHCM.

Join me to take some small but sure steps to grow into our new noble roles. If you are likeminded or knows anybody who are likeminded, you can contact me at 013 3948839. Or Email to laikimhinn@gmail.com.

We already have some tentative projects in the pipeline. Help us to realise them. Thank you.

Take care.
Allen Lai

Friday, November 11, 2011

Leaders Needed



I am now more focused. I went through an experience fighting cancer. I won. Everything happens for a reason. I believe I had cancer so that I can share my fight with it with others who need to know how I won.

I believe now that I am cancer free I should also share my fight to be cancer free for the rest of my life. I intend to set the direction of this blog for health and wellness.

I intend to lead others to be leaders themselves with my long journey from disaster to good health. This is the purpose given to me, a calling I should share now. I will form a new team from my peer group of cancer survivors and good friends and well wishers. Stay with me. Trust my leadership and together we shall give others a better chance to be healthy and well.
Take care
Allen Lai

I am Cancer Free



Me, I beat the cancer in my body

I have two best news to share with you.
When I was diagnosed with cancer, my Oncologist said to me “IT IS CURABLE” Last week after two years of medical treatment, I was given the best news of my life. My Oncologist said  “YOU ARE CANCER FREE”
Please rejoice with me. Share my joy.
So what do I do now ? My next line of action will have to be taking care of my battered body. I must recuperate and build up my antioxidant level.  I intend to start afresh. Join me in my new directions in the coming posts.

Thank you for reading this blog and for your sharing in my time of needs.

God bless and take care.
Allen Lai

Happy birthday Mr Das



Yesterday we had our usual bimonthly Prostrate Cancer Support Group meeting at the Subang Medical Center. We were pleasantly surprised when the birthday cake was brought out at the end of the session.
Happy Birthday and many happy returns of the day Mr Das.
We all have a third eye. Yes, close both your eyes and you can still see.
When I was diagnosed with cancer I saw darkness, death, and all things bleak. Unbelievable but very real and scary. Then I saw my family and relatives. I saw love with sadness. Then I saw my close friends. I saw pity and helplessness.
Then I met and saw Mr Das. I saw a light. I saw encouragement. I saw my mentor. Thank you Mr Das, you are a beacon extraordinary. Your leadership, dedication and passion to help others are worth our emulation. We are surviving cancer, post treatments with your guidance and knowledge. New members saw hope, focus and direction from you.
God bless you and take care.
Allen Lai

Monday, July 18, 2011

Relay For Life 2011

 Me

 Having fun

 Young supporter

 Smiles

 Luminaria

Volunteers all




Hi all,

A big thank you again to the National Cancer Society Malaysia (NCSM) for organising another Relay for Life event. This year the annual event was held in the UKM Stadium, Bangi on 16 July 2011.


The event kicked off at 5 pm with blaring Boy Rock bands setting the mood for a fun and festival evening. I estimate several thousands came and participated in the programmes. Cancer survivors wore pupple Tees and supporters all wore yellow Tees. Fancy dressed participants were also spotted in the stadium. 


I arrived just before 5 pm amongst the busy volunteers and eating stalls setting up. Mics And  speakers systems were tested. Tentages for the nights were already setup much earlier and their sponsors started to arrived.
Suvivors came in organised groups from as far as Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, taiping and Ipoh.

The organsisers drew up  very comprehensive and lively programmes for the 16 hours event.

I participated in the survivors lap which was joined by throngs of volunteers starting the Relay for Life around the stadiun track for the next 16 hours.
A very deserving tribute was read for Cik Lisa who passed away in May this year. Lisa was a very strong supporter of NCSM. Everybody knew Lisa and would miss her presence in all NCSM activities.


There were  fun games, line dancing, taekwondo and musicians as part of the fun activities.
I managed to take about 250 photos for the event and have uploaded for your viewing.


Unfortunately I had to leave the event just after the luminaria were lighted.


I will let my pictures speak for the event.
Thank you again NCSM and all volunteers who had lent a hand to make this year's Relay For Life another successul event.

Visit https://picasaweb.google.com/laikimhinn/RELAYFORLIFE



Take care
Allen Lai

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Standard Chartered KL 2011

SMILING ME


I had Registered for the SCKLM fairly early as a commitment to continue running as a health cum recreational requirement. I had been off the road for quite a fair bit of last year. Could I still do the Half Marathon ?
Fear I had not, other mind issues aplenty. This year's SCKLM will be my Waterloo if anything. It is to do or die. I chose the former.
For the whole week just before the event I had more that the normal anxieties. I had more than butterflies in my stomach. I had literally panic fears. I had cold sweats and hot flashes, compounded by my quarterly Zoladex injections. Just the thought of the SCKLM will trigger horrible moments with hot flashes. Do I abort the race? Can I do it? My heart said YES but my mind said firmly NO ! Talk about delimas.
Sunday came too soon.
I finally said yes to participate, one final run if any. Shouldn't we all deserve one final run? There were also other family and relatives factors that made me participate. Done. I am in.
I had collected my gear at Bukit Jalil on Friday. Thankfully it was very well organised and no queues. What, with 22,000 participants, I was actually anticipating a mad collection queue. Pinned my blib number and fixed the tab to my oldest pair of shoes on the same day. Got my grabs together on Saturday night, water, bites, emergency sugars, iphone, a cap, head sweat band and my pair of knee shock absorbers. I am all ready.
Left the house at 3.30 am for want of a nearby parking space and more importantly see off the full marathoners. Parked at Pardang Merbok and walked slowly to the Dataran. Too early to warm up. The Dataran was already picking up with the early birds like me. The anouncer tested the mics, the stalls were preparing for their sales and promotions. Met a couple of old friends and meekly exchanged hellos as I was missing out most of the runs in the past 9 months or so. Nice to be back. Familiar faces and friendly smiles in the brightly lighted Start area.
I had also a particular mission that morning. I wanted to meet a virtual online friend from JB. I had, but had not met June Malek aka Anak Mami, an angel and mentor to a group of passionate runners who styled themselves as FMVs. It wasn't hard to spot her. She had a beakon, a halo which reflected a distinct charm of leadership and grace. Nobody would missed her and nobody needs a GPS to find her. I just waited quitely at a chokepoint in the spectators area and there she was. It was a hello and goodbye fleeting moment. If our meeting was any longer I gladly would have aborted my run to join her at her Kedai Runcit at 37 km.
The half marathon event flagged off at 6.15 am. I had lined up at the rear of the crowd early, but was pushed up to the front area unconciously. I finally found myself three quarters upfront instead of being in the rear group. It is OK, as I would be falling back after a few hundred metres after the startline. I walked briskly to warm up usually for the first 3 km or so. I know my pace and had set my target to 3.30 hours, it being cutoff time for veterans. I had managed 3.40 minutes twice over two Pacesetters LSDs. So my target would be quite realistic. It is a doable.
I had made an assurance to myself and that is to listen to my body. No matter what. I must run SAFE. My heart is my archiles heels. I can compromise the pain in my knees but I should not push my heartbeat beyond 160 hb for my age and hypertension. My heartbeat rate will be my critical throughout the run. For the first three km my hb was ranging 150 - 160. A slightly faster pace or a slight up slope would bring my hb up to and pass 170.I would slow down for a minute or so to 160. I was maintaining my pace like that for the whole run. I had no choice. A group of elderly singaporeans wearing SAFRA ( Singapore Armed Forces Retiree Association) vests 'pushed' me to increase my pace. I actuall felt kiasu. But my mind said stop it. Run safe, it is OK to su. The leader of the SAFRA said that my pace was 9 mins per km and I would be finishing about 3.30 to 3.45 hours. So he was pacing me and squaring me up. I did not get Batu Api-ed. Let him go. I need to run safe.
I was doing all right for all the 20 km until the home run. I backed off each time peak at 170 hb. I had no pains, no cramps and thankfully there was plenty of water every 2 km on the route. I was safe and I felt good, no need foe any finishing medal. Just come in in style and comfort.
But that was not to be. On the final approach along Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman, the crowd cheered me on. A few more minutes to cut off. You can do it. I CAN? Go Allen Go. All hell let loose. My heart beat went 175 - 180. Slow down? No way my ego said. Die die my have the finishing medal. I foolishly decided to hold at 170 hb max. It is dangerously high for me. BUT the finishing line was already in sight. My heart was pounding as I crossed the line at exactly 3.30 hours my watch time. I think I am going to die. I felt like a bloody fool to die like this. I had failed myself. I had failed my family and friends. I rested a full five minutes to stable my hb to 140 before I headed to the finisher's tent and got my finisher's medal together with a few more just behind me. I made it just in time. Happy?yes. Sad? yes, Cried? Won't tell.
Will I run another Half? You tell me.
Take care
Allen Lai

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Subang Medical Centre Prostrate Cancer Support Group


 Session in progress


Notes sharing

 Ms Adeline from NCSM

Happy Birthday Mr Wong


I attended the Prostrate Support Group Subang Medical Centre today. The meeting session was chaired by it founder member Mr Das. About a dozen of us attended including two new members. The main key points highlighted were the Tomotheraphy which was presented by Mr Chu, Subang Medical Center Radiotherapist, an up coming full day seminar on Holistic approaches for cancer treatments and a new drug called Abitrone just approved by the FDA.

Tomotheraphy is basically radiotheraphy using the latest equipment, which is more accurate, flexible and dynamic in delivering radiation concentrations onto its targets. Only two hospitals in Kuala Lumpur have this facility namely Subang Medical Centre and the Prince Court Medical Centre in Ampang.

Abitrone is the latest drug available, giving hope to survivors who are into the hormone resistance stage, when hormonal drugs are no longer effective. However it is quite expensive as the new drug would cost USD5,000.00 per month. A full course treatment would require 8 months. Mr Das will be trying to bring in the drug for one of our members in collaboration with the Subang Medical Centre.
The session had a ladies team from the National Cancer Society Malaysia giving us a presentation on the Relay For Life event to be held on 16 - 17 July 2011. We also celebrated Mr Allan Wong’s birthday today and wished him many happy returns of the day.


Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Relay For Life 2011


I am back. I mean we are back. The National Cancer Society Malaysia (NCSM) will be back with their annual Relay for Life(RFL) event. This year will see Melaka and Penang having their own relays as well. Keep our dates free.
RFL Kuala Lumpur is scheduled for 16 - 17 July 2011, Melaka on 4-5 June 2011 and Penang on 1 and 2 October 2011. All venues will be announced shortly. Get your teams ready and celebrate life with us. See you all wearing our delightful Ts.

Light a luminance for your love ones or a friend lost.

Take care

Allen Lai

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Prostrate cancer




Dr Murali Sundram

I attended Dr Murali Sundram’s talk on 26 March 2011 at the National Cancer Society on Treatments for prostrate cancer and its complications. About 30 participants attended this frank and informative talk about the men’s only disease.
Prostrate cancer is luckily a slow growing disease, but unfortunately there are no obvious symptoms whilst it is growing inside us. It is very prominent with the Afro-blacks in the USA. And Japanese are apparently are the lowest with Prostrate cancer. The main causes for prostrate cancer are the genes in us and the environment.
 Prostrate cancer also has an excellent tumour marker in the PSA (Prostrate Specific Antigen) readings. Whilst the PSA is not an absolute marker for the disease, it is significantly important to indicate the possibility of prostrate cancer, hence a biopsy is normally followed up to confirm malignancy or otherwise.
Good PSA readings vary from under 2.5 in the USA to under 5 in Europe to under 4 in Malaysia.
The three important indicators and status of the disease are the PSA reading, the stage of the cancer tumour and the Gleason’s grading. The combination of the three matrix will determine the prognosis of the patient. Generally PSA readings under 4 are good, Cancer stages under T2 are good and the Gleason grades under 4 are good. Life expectancy for majority of men with prostrate cancer is about 13.5 years. Life expectancy and prognosis are generally dependant on the patient’s age, health, fitness and lifestyle.
There are 4 type of conventional medical treatments, namely surgery, radiotherapy, chemotherapy and hormonal therapy. An active watching/surveillance (Do nothing yet) may be good for the patients in certain cases. There are also many adjunct therapies in support of the main therapies. Hormone and chemo therapies are used mostly in stage 4 cancers to control metastasis. Prostrate cancer cells generally spread to the bones if not treated early. Radiotherapy is an end game treatment whereby the patient cannot do surgery as follow up treatment.
There is always a chance of PSA recurrence in 27 to 53% of prostrate cancer patients. PSA recurrence will lead to prostrate cancer spreading within the time span of about 8 years. PSA recurrence normally starts about 2 years after surgery. And life expectancy after cancer spreading is about 5 until imminent death of the patient. We are also to note there are more prostrate cancer patients dying from other causes other that cancer, particularly from heart diseases.
There are also several new drugs for prostrate cancer namely Ketoconozole plus hydrocortisone, Provenge and Abiraterone. However these new drugs can only prolong life expectancy for very  short periods only, some for only 4 months or so.
PSA doubling time is also an important indicator to recurrence of cancer and it’s spreading. PSA doubling time in more than a year is good. Prostrate cancer patients can google for the prostrate cancer prediction tool to know their possibilities of cancer recurrence and also for secondary treatments post castrate resistance disease.
As for diets for prostrate cancer patients, it is best to look for evidence based foods, nutrients and supplements. Unfortunately there are no such diets today. However eating anything well for the heart should be good for the prostrate.
A final advice for patient’s whose PSA is on the recurrence, is not to do anything hastily, as there is adequate time for the correct type of treatments.
Stay healthy and take care.

Dr Murali Sundran is the present Consultant Urologist and Head of department Hospital Kuala Lumpur.

Allen Lai

Friday, March 25, 2011

Afiq

Me and Afiq


I visited Afiq in HUKM yesterday. He was during his scheduled chemo cycle. I am pleased that Afiq has responded very well to his treatments in HUKM. Most importantly Afiq is eating well throughout his treatment session. He has also gained some weight.
Afiq had checked into the ward the previous night for his day care treatment. He was sleeping soundly when I visited him at 10.00am yesterday. I managed to speak to Afiq’s parents for awhile. When Afiq woke up he was immediately cheerful when he saw me. We high- fived and exchanged tons of smiles. Inspite of his cheerfulness Afiq was initially somewhat shy. I am not sure of the reason but with a bit of cheering he soon warmed up and responded well to my queries about his health and activities. We had nasi lemak banana leaf for mid morning breakfast.

Treatment for Leukemia is a long haul task. I am pleased that the Oncology Pediatric Ward HUKM is almost empty. This hopefully means that most of the kids warded before have been discharged and are happily on the road to full recovery. Thanks for the dedicated doctors and staff of HUKM.

Take care

Allen Lai

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Insurance for critical illness



I had actually wanted to write this post for some time.  Insurance cover is indeed very important and essential, particularly in the escalation of costs, and cost of living. Typical medical / health cover in insurance may not be sufficient now, in times when a person is down with some form of critical illness.
Whilst medical and health covers pays most of your hospitalization and treatments per hospital billings, insurance for critical illness actually pays you directly the full sum insured. This is all fine, but then there is a real downside to insurance for critical illness. The policy is very specific and well defined in the small prints. The cue now is that who reads the small print?
I have being reading into insurance for critical illness and also had spoken to several insurance agents about it. My conclusion is that whilst it is good and essential we must always take time to read the small prints and clauses therein.
I quote Malaysia Insurance Portal giving ten reasons for taking up insurance for critical illness:
1              A lump sum CASH payment will be payable.
2              Able to seek immediate treatment in any hospital of your choice.
3            Pay for prescription drugs or treatment not covered by government or private plans.
4            Family able to maintain current standard of living
 (care for your aging parents, children education and your love ones)
5              Protect your mortgages or settle all your loans.
 (Most MRTA policies do not cover critical illnesses)
6            Extra home nursing care during recovery stage.
 (minimise the burden on  your family members)
7            Premium starts from RM 100 a month for a RM 240,000 protection.
 (depending on your age, gender and health condition)
8            Cash back .
 (total cash back value is subject to age and insurer's performance)
9            Many people are diagnosed with Critical Illnesses each year.
 (thanks to medical advances, many survive). But don't let the medical cost be a burden.
10              Peace of mind.

First and foremost we must know and understand the definitions of the standard critical illnesses. They include: (and I specifically highlight definitions into cancers)
1. Heart Attack.
2. Stroke.
3. Coronary Artery Disease Requiring Surgery.
4. Cancer.
Cancer is defined as the uncontrollable growth and spread of malignant cells and the invasion and destruction of normal tissue for which major interventionist treatment or surgery (excluding endoscopic procedures alone) is considered necessary. The cancer must be confirmed by histological evidence of malignancy.

The following conditions are excluded:-
(a) Carcinoma in situ including of the cervix
(b) Ductal Carcinoma in situ of the breast
(c) Papillary Carcinoma of the bladder and Stage 1 Prostate Cancer
(d) All skin cancers except malignant melanoma
(e) Stage I Hodgkinâ’s disease
(f) Tumors manifesting as complications of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome.
5. Kidney Failure.
6. Fulminant Viral Hepatitis.
7. Major Organ Transplant.
8. Paralysis / Paraplegia.
9. Multiple Sclerosis.
10. Primary Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension.
11. Blindness.
12. Heart Valve Replacement.
13. Loss Of Hearing / Deafness.
14. Surgery To Aorta.
15. Loss of Speech.
16. Alzheimerâ’s Disease / Irreversible Organic Degenerative Brain Disorders.
17. Major Burns.
18. Coma.
19. Terminal Illness.
The Life Assured must be suffering from a condition, which in the opinion of an appropriate Medical Practitioner is highly likely to lead to death within 12 months. The Life Assured must no longer be receiving active treatment other than that for pain relief.
20. Motor Neurone Disease.
21. AIDS Due To Blood Transfusion.
22. Parkinsona’s Disease.
23. Chronic Liver Disease.
24. Chronic Lung Disease.
25. Major Head Trauma.
26. Aplastic Anaemia
27. Muscular Dystrophy.
28. Benign Brain Tumor.
A life-threatening, non-cancerous tumor in the brain giving rise to characteristic signs of increased intra-cranial pressure such as papilloedema, mental symptoms, seizures and sensory impairment. The presence of the underlying tumor must be confirmed by imaging studies such as CT Scan or MRI.
Cysts, granulomas, malformations in or of the arteries or veins of the brain, haematomas, tumors in the pituitary gland or spine and tumors of the acoustic nerve are excluded.
29. Encephalitis.
30. Poliomyelitis.
31. Brain Surgery.
32. Bacterial Meningitis.
33. Other Serious Coronary Artery Disease.
34. Apallic Syndrome.
35. AIDS Cover of Medical Staff.
36. Full Blown AIDS.

I herewith include extracts of some typical small prints.
A. There will be no coverage for:
2. Critical Illness
i) disease (s) resulting from acquired Immuno Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS), AIDS – related complex or infection by Human Immuno Deficiency Virus (HIV) unless the condition of the disease or infection arose as a result of blood transfusion in accordance with the critical illness definitions of the policy.
ii) Pre – existing Illness which existed before the Policy Date of Reinstatement of the policy, where pre – existed Illness shall mean disabilities that the Life Insured has reasonable knowledge of. A Life Insured may be considered to have reasonable knowledge of a pre – existing condition where the condition is one for which:-
1.              The Life Insured had received or is receiving treatment; or
2.              Medical advice, diagnosis, care or treatment has been recommended; or
3.              Clear and distinct symptoms are or were evident; or
4.              Its existence would have been apparent to a reasonable person in the circumstances.
iii)Angioplasty, cancer, coronary artherectomy, heart attack, other serious coronary artery disease and/or surgery for coronary arterial disease occurring within sixty (60) days after the Policy Date or Date of Reinstatement of the Policy.
iv) Diseases other than those specified in 2 (iii) above occurring within thirty (30) days after the Policy Date of Reinstatement of the Policy.
v) Critical Illness claim/s resulting directly or indirectly from any Congenital Conditions for lives with age of entry of two (2) years or less where such disorder is known to the Policy Owner. Congenital Conditions shall mean any medical or physical abnormalities existing at the time of birth as well as neo – natal physical abnormalities developing within 6 months from the time of birth. They will include hernias of all types and epilepsy except when caused by a trauma which occurred after the date that the insured was continuously covered under this Policy.
vi) Critical Illness resulting from all or any self – inflicted injury while sane or insane.
C. Sum Insured for child below the age of four (4) years is reduced upon death, TPD or diagnosis of any of the Critical Illness or actual undergoing of Surgery covered by this policy of the child. The sum insured payable will be according to a scheduled table.
 Take care 
Allen Lai

Friday, March 4, 2011

Prostrate Cancer treatments and its complications



Hi all,
NCSM’s Empowerment Programme has organized a talk on prostrate cancer treatments and its complications, by Dr Murali Sundram, Head of the Urulogy Department HKL on Saturday 26 March 2011from 12.00 to 2 pm in NCSM’s premise. All cancer patients and care givers are cordially invited. Light lunch will be served.
I would personally recommend all gentlemen above 45 years old, irrespective of whether they are cancer patients or not, to attend this important talk. Prostrate cancer strikes silently and without any direct symptoms to the disease. I was perfectly healthy, fit and normal except for symptoms of a normal enlarged prostrate, that I was diagnosed with prostrate cancer at stage three local advanced. I was lucky that I was just in time, as early treatment is the key to good prognosis. Be wiser than me, know your prostrate as early as possible.

Do call up for a reservation for the limited seats. Call Adeline at 0326987300.

Thank you NCSM for the talk.
Take care

Allen Lai

Friday, February 25, 2011

Robotic Surgery

Hi all,

Hurray robotic surgery is now available in Kuala Lumpur. With this system, your surgeon may not necessarily be in the OT room. He may be doing the surgery from abroad.
View video below



Take care

Allen Lai

CyberKnife

Hi all,

CyberKnife is now available in Beacon Hospital Petaling Jaya. Cancer patients are now spoilt for choice for radiotherapy/surgery treatments. Perhaps now is the time to buy medical coverage as cost may not come down in the near future.
See video below




Take care

Allen Lai


TomoTherapy

Hi all,


During our last Support Group meeting in NCSM, we discussed TomoTherapy Treatment.  We were informed that there are two medical centers that have this equipment already. Namely Prince Court in KL and Sime Darby Medical Centre in Subang Jaya. TomoTherapy treatment is the latest generation in Radiotherapy treatment. It is very dynamic, precise, accurate and versatile. It has the most uptodate imaging software’s. Its only downside is cost. We hope TomoTherapywill be made more affordable in the years to come. Below is a video to demonstrate TomoTherapy.



Take care
Allen Lai

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Links to websites on cancer information



I have being browsing the internet for information and remedies for all types of cancers for the past year. There are really many ready websites popping up as cancer is the rage disease today. Professional, industrialists, entrepreneurs, and good souls all had put up these websites. Some are really good and informative, whilst others promote their remedies. For what it is worth, it is a good read but we must be totally aware of the complexity of cancer and that each patient respond differently to each type of remedy. Hence read each information with absolute caution and always consult with your Oncologist its effects and implications. Be very sure whatever remedies you take it is consistent with your current treatments.
I wish to append some of the sites that I use with confidence and hope that you will be able to rely on them too.
Read the links in the tab Useful Links above.
Take care and get well soon.
Allen Lai



Saturday, February 19, 2011

A New day in the New year in the New me

Peggy and me


Where do I start? It is all brand new. A new me, I feel good and feeling good. A refreshed me with my PSA level at 0.03. I am fixed and I am doing well enough to begin taking long walks. My QiGong practices are coming along as well; with smoother movements and fuller breathings. Chinese New Year 2011 is over leaving me heavier by 3kg. My waistline is now a proud round belly and an inch wider. My trousers has become a wee bit too tight.

This is where I start for my new year.

I suppose what my new day starts with depends on what I did the previous day. What time did I go to sleep to be precise. If I sleep late like 4 am or so, I will wake up late and miss the morning altogether. If I sleep early, usually not earlier that 2 am in the morning, I will be up and about by 8 am latest. But who cares If I sleep early or late. I have time the next day unless I have scheduled for plan A in my mind and my wife has plan B in her mind. But she won’t tell me what is in her mind any earlier; until when she wants to do it. Not much of a plan isn’t it.

I start my new day by doing my business and cleaning up. I will have 2 cups of just plain water followed by an orange/papaya/kiwi fruit. I will then offer my daily morning prayers at my family altar in the house. After prayers I will then take my daily morning medications followed by breakfast of cereals.

After breakfast I will alternate between my morning long walks in the neighbourhood and QiGong practice in my garden which is usually 1.5 to 2 hours. I will then have a light lunch at home. A quick nap follows, sometimes not so quick. Nap is followed by an afternoon/ evening TV session of Korean dramas.

After evening prayers at home, my wife and I will go to my mother in law’s place in PJ for dinner throughout the weekdays. We will spend the whole evening there until 9 pm when we come home to sleep. Our night TV session starts from 10 pm each night until we finish all the cliff hangers in the Korean TV dramas. Hence we do not sleep until 4 am each day.

Unless we have plan A or plan B for the day, my day is quite routine as described. Am I having a good day? Am I living well? I am not too sure for now, but I am surely enjoying my new year of life doing what I like doing.

Allen Lai

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Happy Chinese New Year 2011


Hi all,

Here is wishing you all a Happy Chinese New Year 2011. It is the year of the rabbit. It is a good and prosperous year. I wish you good health always and God's blessing to you and your family.

Take care and enjoy life as we should.

Allen Lai

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Think before you pink

Hi all,
I have many new lady friends who unfortunately are already pink :(
I append a website called "Think before you pink" for my many wonderful lady friends who are still very healthy and vibrant. To them I advice that they do the needful and checkups necessary to remain pink free. I have the male version of pink. I am purple :( and I know what it is like going through the ordeals.

Precaution and knowledge are the best cure for all illness. Awareness programmes and pink support groups will always show the ways ahead.

Visit the website here:
http://thinkbeforeyoupink.org/

If you have any doubts and need more information you can contact our local National Cancer Society Malaysia.

Take care
Allen Lai

Mr. Hongchi Xiao

Hi All,
I append Mr Hongchi Xiao's recent interview for your attention.Please watch until the end to comprehend. His work is awesome. He advocates self healing and there is a lot of truth in what he is practicing. My sifu Master Yap teaches the same techniques. It works and its free.
I have seen many fellow patients giving up medical treatment because it is just too expensive. Most sell off their houses and expand their life's savings, not to mention draining off children and caregivers economically. Prevention is the best cure for all illness.
Thank you Mr Hongchi Xiao, you are an angel in passing by our lives.




Visit his website here:
http://yixingtianxia.com/newpage/en/xiao_1.html
Take care
Allen Lai

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Happy Birthday Master Yap

Master Yap turning 60

 QiQong Cake

 Yummy

 Congratulations

Always encouraging 

Master Yap turns 60 tomorrow. But he certainly does not look the age he is. Thanks to Zhineng Gigong.

Master Yap is a cancer survivor several times over and more. He had survived more than 15 years despite the doctor giving him only several months to live. He turned to QiGong and the rest was history.

We are very fortunate to have Master Yap, when he fully understands our predicament and our needs to survive like him? He walks the talk. He passes on his learning’s, experience with cancer and other illness. He has cured himself. What a wonderful mentor.
We get together every Sunday morning for our QiGong Lessons. The two hours or so is worth the whole weeks own practicing at home. He is professional, compassionate and good teacher. All of us always look forward to his class every Sunday.

Happy Birthday Master Yap. Thank you for sharing with us QiGong. Many happy returns for the day.

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Friday, January 7, 2011

The Infantry



The Infantry is the foot soldier. I had discussed combat power in my previous post and I had deliberately left out the basic foot soldier as an element of combat power. The Infantry foot soldiers are awesome fighting troops. They are always organized into sections, platoons, battalions, brigades and divisions. The Infantry Division is the most complete and self- sustaining formation in any army. It is always battle ready and is organized to advance, attack, defence, or tactically redeploy at will. Most importantly, the Infantry is the only combat power capable to hold ground. I know, as I was the Ketua Staff (Chief of Staff) of the Malaysia Fourth Infantry Division.

Our body cells are our Infantry foot soldiers. They live and fight to destroy our body enemies daily in all parts of our bodies. Every second and every minute of the day and night. Every terrain, every ground of tactical importance and every vital ground is held by our good body cells, particularly the cells known as T cells. Our body combat troops cannot sleep nor rest. And our good body cells need bullets, food and protection to perform it vital role to destroy the enemies within our bodies. Our good body cells need to be immune to the counter attacks by our body enemies, It must be particularly immunized to withstand the proliferation of cancer cells.

We cannot overlook the importance of getting our good body cells to be strong and vitalized at all times. It needs all the proteins, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants to be strong and vigilant. A sick person has poorly nourished body cells. He will succumb to the enemy in time. The sick person’s body gives up the battle easily. We cannot compromise a healthy body. A person with cancer cells is not unhealthy and need not be unhealthy. He has cancer to be dealt with. A problem to be solved. He needs his good body cells to attack and destroy the cancer cells. Our body cells are the best fighting troops against cancer.

My earlier posts have described various approach to make our bodies strong and healthy. We must have a plan to provide good food, nutrition, minerals, antioxidants and rest for our body. I basically eat 80% fruits and vegetables and 20% of meats. I also particularly eat my fruits before meals, as digestion of vitamins are better on an empty stomach. I take my medication and supplements on a regular scheduled basis. I make sure to have regular rest time at night for my body cells to reorganise and recuperate. I am a good commander. I know my troops better than their mothers do.

Allen Lai

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Combat Power









Happy New Year 2011.

It has been a full year since the detection and my treatments for the prostrate cancer in me. I survived a year to say the least. Thanks to my Oncologist, staff of HUKM, Friends in NCSM, my family and all my friends who had cared and helped me along in my fight against Cancer. We won the battle together. It wasn’t an easy year, particularly in the first 4 months or so. But we are ahead and maintaining full momentum towards full recovery.

Along the way I had met many wonderful new friends, learnt a lot more about cancer, our immune system, diet, nutrition, QiGong and God, and a bit of everything else. Looking back I am convinced that my career in the army had played a very significant role towards achieving this success. I may have left the army, but the army have not left me. My fight against cancer is very much the same as fighting the war against our enemies. It needs strategy, combat power, decisive actions, momentum, speed and discipline.

The hype word in combating cancer today is to take a holistic approach. But this means many things to the Oncologist, advocators and patients, but by and large, the holistic approach is a singular approach to most practitioners. I am of the opinion that it is not so. The holistic approach is very much a multiple approach for synergy and effectiveness.

In my fight against cancer, I had employed everything and anything. It is an all out war and there is no runners up, only the victor. Perhaps most unfamiliar to all people, except to soldiers, is combat power. What is combat power in the military?

Combat power is essentially firepower. It means troops, guns, tanks, aircrafts, ships etc etc. Combat power should be used to its fullest at the most opportune time. Combat power has been the core doctrine throughout my military training. I have to employ all the combat power available to me to combat cancer. What do I have? Military hardwares are no good for my fight against cancer. But I have more. I would like to table out my combat powers available for me to fight cancer in the list below. I will also assign a weighted combat power value to each power. The value of ten being highest strength and power. They are awesome.

Ser
Combat Power
Value
Remarks
1.
God
10
Prayers and blessings daily

2.
QiGong
9
Zhineng Qigong at least 1 hr per day

3.
Radiotherapy
9
Prescribed by Oncologist

4.
Hormone Therapy
9
Prescribed by Oncologist

5.
Exercises
8
At least 40 mins per day

6.
Care givers
8
Spouses / Children / Immediate family

7.
Diet
7
As 80% fruits and Vege, 20% meats

8.
Friends
6
Not sympathizers

9.
Internet
6
Dedicated sites and blogs

10.
Books
6
Relevant books on cancer

11.
Chinese Herbs
5
As recommended

12.
Nutrition / Supplements
5
Inadequate as shown in blood tests

13.
Sunlight
4
At least 20 mins per day

I have been blessed to acknowledge the strength of the above combat powers. I employ these combat powers daily to great satisfaction and good health. Employing all the Combat powers daily gives me a strong force multiplier throughout the day. Cancer cannot sustain my daily bombardments. It will die.

Let’s fight cancer. We will certainly win, with all the combat powers available to us.

I was, and still am a soldier. I can amass my combat powers to full force with discipline.

Allen Lai