Singaporean cancer survivor Tan Siew Khim, 50, encountered Laughter Yoga barely two years ago, learning from Laughter Guru Dr. Madan Kataria and laughter teacher Lee Sok Lian at Sun Island Resort in Shanghai, China. Laughter is now a way of life for this plucky lady.
When she first discovered the cancer, Siew Khim was filled with fear. Not wanting to be a burden to her family, she had wanted to, in her own words, “leave this world quietly”. Instead of letting cancer triumph over her, she reclaimed her life and made every day count. In her fight against cancer, Siew Khim staunchly refused to accept ownership of the disease.
The distinguished oncologist and surgeon Dr Francisco Contrerars says, “The real question is whether or not we can recognize where we really are when cancer hits but move beyond all that to experience life as fully as possible in the time we have left.” And this is exactly what Siew learnt to do with Laughter Yoga.
Filling her days with meaningful activity, Siew Khim lends a hand at all Laughter Yoga Meditation and Mindfulness Workshops on Sun Island Shanghai, sharing her story and making audiences laugh and cry at the same time. Laughter has taught her how to cope with life’s challenges and face them with a smile.
This has made all the difference.