I went home, picked out a photo where I looked the best, and imagined it as my funeral photo.
"My father died of colon cancer, so I was very careful about getting screened annually. I ate well, worked hard, and slept well. When I was diagnosed with rectal cancer, I was shocked. I went home, picked out a photo where I looked the best, and imagined it as my funeral photo. That was how depressed I was.
After the operation, I even closed my business and did not leave the house. This carried on for a year, and that's when I said "enough" – I should not live my life like that. I accepted a friend's invitation to karaoke, and started going out more. In 2010, I went for another operation. My abdomen now looks like the MRT network! Although I go to the toilet less often, I still pass a lot of gas. I really pity the people behind me on the escalator!
I am now a colorectal ambassador at Singapore General Hospital. I also organise monthly karaoke sessions at senior daycare centres. It makes me happy to see others happy. Whether it is through my singing or just being there for them, I am glad I can bring some cheer to others."
Ambassador at Singapore General Hospital
Mr Lee is one of the winners of the Singapore Health Inspirational Patient and Caregiver Award 2016.