Peter Wong

Peter Wong, 73 years old, President of Exercise Support Group @ University of Malaya Medical Centre (ESG @ UMMC), Vice President of Pertubuhan Keluarga Orang-Orang Bermasalah Pembelajaran (PERKOBP). Committee member of Prostate Cancer Society Malaysia (PCSM), Together Against Cancer (TAC), and Special Olympic Selangor (SOS’gor).

Peter Wong, 73 years old.

President of Exercise Support Group @ University of Malaya Medical Centre (ESG @ UMMC), Vice President of Pertubuhan Keluarga Orang-Orang Bermasalah Pembelajaran (PERKOBP). Committee member of Prostate Cancer Society Malaysia (PCSM), Together Against Cancer (TAC), and Special Olympic Selangor (SOS’gor).

 

As you get older, you come to accept the shortcomings of aging.

 

I was 59 and still gainfully employed in 2006. My libido had dropped and I took it as part of growing old. Frequent urination at night was my first symptom! My doctor convinced me that I should drink less water to cope with this problem. Of course, less water means less urine! That was the most notable mistake made by my Doctor.

 

In 2008, I took a health check blood test as suggested by my son. All the results looked good, except the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) level. It was 36.4 ng/ml! I was diagnosed with prostate cancer after undergoing all the necessary scans and prostate biopsy in HKL.

 

My family was surprised by the news because I was a very physically active person.

They rallied behind me and gave me their unconditional support and love. My loving wife accompanied me to the radiotherapy session everyday. I’m thankful and cherish her unconditional love in my cancer survivorship.

 

Everyone says to be active and exercise to prevent cancer.

Yet, I am active and a prostate cancer survivor. Cancer never stops me from pursuing my interest in hiking. I have hiked up the Mount Kinabalu twice within 2 months in 2017. My first climb was done alone in July. The 2nd climb was in September, leading a team of 24 cancer survivors and care-givers. My next destination is Everest Base Camp.

 

The oldest man to climb Mount Kinabalu is Mr. Sabahan Buatin Blandong, a Sabahan aged 82 years old. My ardent dream is to be the oldest man to ascend Mount Kinabalu. In other words, I have to be alive and well for the next 10 years!

 

“Living today for tomorrow” – a principle I always live by. Cheers mate!