In 2002, his doctor told him he did not have a chance to live – 97% of the patients don’t survive. Instead of crying and succumbing to fate, James Ho questioned his doctor, “Why would I choose the 97%? I choose to be one of those in the 3%!”
Doctors have discovered a lump in his lung, as big as a golf ball. He was diagnosed with Stage 3 lung cancer but confidently said he chose the fact that his chance of survival was 3%. The surgeon in Johor Specialist Hospital, JB removed the left lobe of his lung. After 30 rounds of chemotherapy and 32 rounds of radiation, in 2004, he emerged successfully cancer-free. His doctor cried, saying out of 100 patients, only a handful came out as survivors.
James’s secret? Not thinking about it. “It’s all in the mind,” he said. Even while battling cancer, James was out volunteering because he does not want to think of the disease. He believes that focusing on other people was far more worthy than thinking about himself.