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Posted 21 December 2008 - 01:21 PM

Chew has incurable illness
Actor's condition said to strike one in 40,000 people and is incurable
By Jasmine Teo
Source : Straits Times

VETERAN MediaCorp actor Chew Chor Meng said last night that he has been diagnosed with a form of muscular atrophy, an incurable disease where a sufferer's muscles waste away.
The 40-year-old told reporters outside his church, Renewal Centre, in Serangoon that he was diagnosed with spinal and bulbar muscular atrophy, or Kennedy's disease.

He had earlier told the congregation about his condition, which strikes one in 40,000 people and is incurable.

Doctors have told him that in the next seven to 15 years, he will face 'physical impairment', but the disease does not affect life expectancy.

Mr Chew, who is married with two daughters, aged four and six, said his legs have become weaker but he is not taking painkillers or medication for the condition.

He said he is trying to live a normal life but has been advised by doctors not to engage in strenuous activities such as jogging.

The 1990 Star Search champion said that he first experienced back pains in 1997. He consulted Western doctors and Chinese physicians and all of them diagnosed it as a slipped disc. But the treatments had no effect on him.

Last year, the pain worsened and spread to his waist.

In September this year, a doctor who attended the same church as Mr Chew referred him to specialists, who finally diagnosed his condition as spinal and bulbar muscular atrophy.

He said in Mandarin: 'The doctors told me, 'Chor Meng, you have to start spending more time with your family'.'

The actor is famous for playing the Lobang King in the 1996 Channel 8 sitcom, Don't Worry Be Happy, and the titular character in the Channel 5 sitcom, Mr

Kiasu from 2001 to 2002.

He is now seen in the drama, Love Blossoms II, where viewers had observed that he seemed to be limping.

Last night, when he was asked what he was most concerned about, Chew became emotional and said: 'My mum, my wife and my children.'

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Posted 21 December 2008 - 01:27 PM

aww its sad to hear that he is diagnosed with an incurable disease. He still have a pretty long way to go.
I do remember watching his shows growing up.

I do hope miracles would happen in his life.

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Posted 21 December 2008 - 01:32 PM

yeah... sad to hear... be strong Lobang King!!! :thumbsup Ja Yo..

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Posted 21 December 2008 - 01:48 PM

I read this in the news... I felt so sad and sorry for him! :sad: And the fact that it is incurable...
Hope he can be strong and still live his life to the fullest. Jiayou! :)

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Posted 21 December 2008 - 02:36 PM

Don't give up so easily Chor Meng. Be Strong!

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Posted 21 December 2008 - 04:45 PM

it's such a bad news i like his drama all this while.. Jiayou

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Posted 21 December 2008 - 04:48 PM

poor chor meng! he's one of my all-time favourites other than tay ping hui. who can forget his lobang king or mr kiasu? i practically grew up watching this guy act. it's a pity that he should be suffering from that incurable disease. hope he can lead a normal life despite that illness! don't give up chor meng!

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Posted 21 December 2008 - 05:51 PM

he is my all time favorite actor...so sad for him...stay strong.... :thumbsup

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Posted 21 December 2008 - 05:59 PM

I was shocked when I read the news on him too. I mean, how can something like this happen to one of our most cherished actors? :( it's sort of rare to have actors here who become ill. At least he doesn't give up hope. He still has his wife and children to live for. Stay strong, Chor Meng.

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Posted 21 December 2008 - 09:08 PM

this is sad to hear. all the best to him and his family - i hope there are treatment to lessen his and their pain. the doc says no jogging? doesn't that make the muscle waste away quicker? maybe mild walks -- wiki says physical therapy is helpful. with modern medicine he may not waste away too quickly like in old days. still, 40 is young and tough to take this news with a young family.

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Posted 21 December 2008 - 11:26 PM

This news is so hard to digest. My heart and thoughts are with him and his family and I hope he will stay on top of this battle because miracle do happen.

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Posted 22 December 2008 - 04:33 AM

Oh my god.. Been awhile i didn't hear from him, but when there news, there is bad new. He is one of favorite Singapore actor. Just hope he with happiness with the time he still have and that it can last long.

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Posted 22 December 2008 - 06:03 AM

I really sympathise him. His kids are still young and now he has an incurable disease. Hopefully a mircale will work out for him.