Names have been changed to protect the privacy of the individuals.
Ms Lim 林女士
In Uncle Tan’s community garden, there is a regular volunteer who has been helping to cut herbs. Ms Lim, 42, is a homemaker.
Looking as healthy as one can be, one cannot tell that she is a cancer patient. In March 2015, Ms Lim’s doctor would not operate on her as her breast tumour has deteriorated beyond cure. Told that she had barely six months to live. Ms Lim did not give up hope. She continued to take the medication prescribed as well as her own health supplements. Being a Buddhist, she recited chants to calm herself down. She adjusted her lifestyle and ate healthier. One month passed and she was surprised to find her cancer tumour had gotten better.
One year later, Ms Lim found that the condition of her cancer tumour was no longer as pressing as before. In February 2016, Ms Lim started volunteering at Uncle Tan’s community garden. She familiarised herself with the medicinal herbs and started using them to battle her conditions. The herbs she consume include Strobilanthes crispus, Vernoia amygdalina, Leea indica, and napier grass.
The 938 community garden Ms Lim volunteered at is special to her. It is from there that she has gained the wealth of knowledge on the use of herbs, understood the need to be selfless and the broader meaning of love. Ms Lim is a happier person now; she knows that she help others, like her, seek hope and help.
Mr Yeo 杨先生
Mr Yeo, 51, is a landscaping contractor. Diagnosed with nephritis at the age of 15, he had been taking both Western and Chinese medicine and was spared the need for dialysis.
In 2012, Mr Yeo got to know Uncle Tan through a friend. He started taking fresh herbs prescribed by Uncle Tan such as Orthosiphon aristatus, more commonly known as cat’s whiskers plant. The herbs helped him to reduce his dependence on Western medicine, and replaced the Chinese medicine he had been taking.
Now Mr Yeo visits Uncle Tan whenever he feels that he may be suffering a relapse (one of the symptoms is difficulty in passing urine). Uncle Tan would prescribe herbs to help him ease the symptoms.
Mr Yeo has accepted that there is no permanent cure. But he is thankful that herbs have helped him to ease the symptoms and to manage the condition, to thus far avoid injections, hospitalisation and dialysis. He does not take it for granted but makes an effort to lead a healthy lifestyle through diet and regular exercise.
We all know that PSLE is the biggest challenge faced by all students in their primary years of education in Singapore. The stress of this national examination is so nerve-wracking that even the immediate family members feel it as much as the students themselves. As if that were not bad enough, imagine the tremendous amount of stress a 12-year old student has to cope with when she is simultaneously undergoing a fight with a life-threatening disease. This is a real story that occurred last year, to a girl named Kate.
In July 2015, her mother noticed a lump on Kate’s right temple. Examination by her doctor confirmed that it was a tumour of 7 cm diameter. Kate’s case was extremely rare and her doctor suggested an operation to remove the tumour. After her PSLE, Kate underwent the operation. However, bits of the tumour remained and her doctor suggested using chemotherapy and radiotherapy to treat it. As these two procedures might cause complications, including blinding Kate’s right eye, Kate’s parents eventually declined the treatment.
After consulting Uncle Tan, Kate’s mother decided to use medical herbalism as part of Kate’s treatment. Prior to the operation, Kate started taking fresh medicinal herbs to counter the effects of the disease. The herbs were Rhaphidophora pinnata, Strobilanthes crispus, Callicarpa longiforlia and Artemisia vulgaris. After the operation, Kate continued taking medicinal herbs but changed to Rodgersia sambucifolia hemsl, Clinacanthus nutans and Annona muricata. Kate now watches her diet closely and lives her life no differently from an ordinary Secondary One student. She undergoes MRI and CT scans every three months to monitor the condition of her tumour. Happily, the results of the latest scan show a slight improvement in her condition.
It was certainly a blow for Kate and her family when they first learned the news of her tumour. However, Kate never faltered, taking it all in her stride, with the help and support from her dearest ones.
We tell this story to show that fighting against life-threatening illnesses need not be a lone war. With the help and support from family and friends, the war can be better fought.
去年7月，Kate 的母亲发现Kate右额头上长了一个小肿块， 便带她去给医生检验。检验结果发现是一个7公分大的肿瘤。因为情况罕见，医生建议动手术把肿瘤切除。会考之后，医生便为Kate进行手术把大部分的肿瘤切除。医生也同时建议对残留的肿瘤进行化疗与电疗。但基于疗程或会导致Kate右眼失明与其他副作用，Kate的父母最终决定不让女儿进行疗程。
因为Kate不抗拒吃草药，在与Uncle Tan咨询之后，Kate的母亲便以鲜草药来作为治疗的一部分。手术之前，Kate吃的草药是爬树龙，黑面将军，米碎花和艾草。手术之后，Kate吃的草药是岩陀叶，忧遁草和红毛榴莲叶。Kate的饮食均衡，每天的生活也与一般的中学生没有两样。每三个月，她需要返回医院做核磁共振检查（MRI）与电脑断层扫描 (CT scan)。最近的检查结果显示肿瘤有变小的迹象。
Madam Lee's Personal Account 李女士的自述
When the doctor told me in 2009 that I had a malignant tumour, the only word that could describe my feeling was “astonished”. I felt helpless. When I thought of my youngest son, who was four, the distress simply multiplied. Many people rallied round with all sorts of homeopathic cures but, in the end, these confused me as I really did not know how to use them properly.
I met Uncle Tan one day and he introduced me to medicinal herbs. That marked the beginning of my journey of herbal treatment. Eating raw Vernonia amygdalina was a daily routine when I was undergoing chemotherapy. Of course, I survived to tell this story.
I do not blame my ill fate as this experience of cancer has influenced my life and my thinking. I have learned to think more positively and have since managed to take more things in my stride. I cherish what I have now and I hope you all do.
当然这个经历对我的生活与工作有一定的影响。但我认为山不转, 路转，路不转, 人转，人不转, 心转。我们来到这个世界，不要怨自己投错胎，既来之，则安之，做好本分，安分守己，脚踏实地活着就对了。