Dr Madan Kataria and his wife Madhuri visited the Breast Cancer Support Group (BCSG) centre in Johor Bahru recently.
This visit was arranged by the Johor Bahru Happy & Joyous Club.
Doris Wee, the President of BCSG has this to say about their visit:-
“It was truly an inspirational visit and the lessons I learnt are:-
a) Confront your fears and anxieties — when we asked Dr Kataria to lead some exercises, he did the breast massage. It was spot on — breast cancer survivors doing breast massage and laughing about it. Then he continued with I am pretty, very pretty. Ho ho ha ha ha. I am healthy, very healthy. Ho ho ha ha ha. I am happy, very happy. Ho ho ha ha ha. He ended it with a hug yourself exercise, showing that we love ourselves. The message is clear. One breast, two breasts, no breast. It does not matter. We are alive, we love our bodies. And we can laugh at ourselves.
b) Be creative. I was telling Mrs Kataria that we like the pluck a fruit exercise as it allows patients and survivors without lymph nodes to stretch their arms. Dr Kataria did the exercise together with us but gave it a twist. He said stamp on the grapes we have just plucked. The hall rolled with laughter and stamping. An “old” exercise becomes more interesting.
c) Lift up people’s spirits. He writes in our visitors’ book: BCSG — is a great act of spirituality, defining spirituality as lifting people’s spirits up. This is a totally new way of looking at spirituality. And I think this is what Laughter Yoga Exercise is all about. To lift up our spirits. To fake laughter, especially when we are not in the mood. It will raise our spirits and allow us to forget our problems. More importantly, we are exercising. Dr Kataria is indeed spiritual.”
Story by Lee-Jean, Citizen Journalist