Sunday, September 23, 2012
Comedian Cheung Tat Ming personally confirmed on Weibo earlier this month that he is suffering a serious illness and good friend Anthony Wong confirmed it was cancer. Also, due to the chemotherapy, he suffered severe side effects including paralysis in the hands and feet and a rapid decline in his overall health. It was rumored he has colorectal cancer, but Cheung Tat Ming maintains a positive spirit and is constantly encouraging the younger generation on Weibo.
In the recent month, Cheung Tat Ming has been focused entirely on treating his illness at home, but yesterday he appeared as a guest speaker at a stand-up comedy show for mental health. This is also his first public appearance since he fell ill. He currently hopes to bring positive energy and help those with mental illness face adversity. Cheung Tat Ming truly deserves the respect as he is still giving back to the community despite being seriously ill.
Before the show started, the MC made a special announcement thanking Cheung Tat Ming for his support. The audience cheered loudly and applauded, one elderly man shouted: "You are so skinny!" Although Cheung Tat Ming is sick, he still had a lot of power when he was speaking, but had to sit down in the between to rest. He even happily cracked a joke: "Other people do stand-up comedies, but I'm doing a sit-down comedy."
He spoke for about 15 minutes, but stayed until the show ended before leaving. As he was leaving, he invited reporters to come interview him. He said: "I'm doing okay, but just feel some numbness when I walk. I have to get check-ups regularly. (Were you stressed when you first found out about having cancer?) Yes, luckily I'm a comedian, so I know how to relax and look on the bright side."
Source: Oriental Daily
Translated by: aZnangel @ AsianEU Forum
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