Last year, Edmond Leung’s (梁漢文) wife Karen Lam (林文慧) was diagnosed with breast cancer. Dealing with Karen’s illness privately at first, the couple was emotionally and financially stressed. Fortunately, Big Four, in which Edmond is a member of the music group, helped the couple find extra income by organizing additional concert tours. With Edmond and their friends’ help, Karen’s medical situation is now stabilized.
Edmond met Karen when she was still a model. After a long but steady dating relationship of more than 10 years, Edmond finally tied the knot with Karen in December 2008. Since the bride is media-shy, they kept the wedding reception a small affair, only inviting some of their good friends.
Struggling with Cancer
A year ago, Karen discovered she was suffering from Stage 2 breast cancer. At that time, she had wanted to keep it a secret. Although Edmond had respected his wife’s decision, the pressure of seeing his wife suffering was too much to bear. During one of Big Four’s concerts, the usually easygoing Edmond broke down in tears backstage, surprising everyone who was present. It was then that Edmond revealed to his good friends, Andy Hui (許志安), Dicky Cheung (張衞健) and Nicholas Tse (謝霆鋒) that Karen had breast cancer.
Under the persuasion of Edmond and their friends, Karen finally agreed to undergo chemotherapy. Based on recommendations by friends, Edmond brought Karen to both Western and Chinese specialists. Because cancer required a lengthy treatment process, the medical fees burned into Edmond’s savings. Fortunately, good friends such as Big Four all pitched in to help however they can, such as recommending trusted doctors and organizing more concert tours to boost Edmond’s income.
The cancer was discovered early and Karen did not have to go through obstructive surgery. However, the chemotherapy had caused her to lose her hair and her appetite. While she was previously slender, Karen was skeletal after her treatment. She wore wigs and hats and put on heavy makeup to mask her physical changes.
While recuperating, Karen cut herself from the outside world and stopped interacting on social networks. When she was fully recovered from breast cancer in April 2012, she began posting on Weibo again. Karen made more public appearances, most notably the press conference where her friends Hilary Tsui (徐濠縈) and Josie Ho (何超儀) claimed they did not take any drugs at Kenny Wee’s (黃浩) restaurant.
Having gone through a life-threatening illness together, Karen and Edmond are now closer than ever. Recently, in a bid to promote his new single, “Hug Tightly” <用力一抱>, Edmond uploaded a photograph of Karen and him hugging tightly on Weibo with the message, “Hugging must come naturally and from love, then the other person can feel it. But there is no need to ‘Hug Tightly’ this time, only need to slowly complement each other.”
Edmond and Karen are now active members of the Hong Kong Breast Cancer Family Registry organization. Last month, Edmond invited Andy Hui and William So (蘇永康) to take part in the launch ceremony for this year’s Breast Concern Action (關．乳．愛 Breast Concern Action). The couple hopes that their actions will help other families struggling with breast cancer.
When the press reached out to Edmond for details on Karen’s illness, he replied that he has nothing to say. Friends such as William So and Eddie Ng (吴国敬) also did not want to divulge the couple’s personal matters. However, Karen did look to be in better condition on a recent outing.
Source: Apple Daily via ihktv.com
This article is written by Karen for JayneStars.com.