Dr Simons Keeps On Ticking!

I’ve blogged about Dr Simons on numerous occasions quoting motivational stories his view on following your destiny and passion, his groundbreaking research on Cell Language Theory and of course some of his many Words OF Wisdom. Today’s post is an email I received from him this week…

I’m excited to show you Ann’s second art work titled “More than One Wisdom” that is hung in the Lobby of the Sun Yat-Sen University Cancer Center  (SYSUCC) in Guangzhou, China.

Some of you have seen the “Pillar of Life” triptych that Ann created in July with two Guangzhou artists which extends over two floors below ground level in the Radiation Center of the Cancer Center. The work can be viewed at Ann’s website, ‘Gallery’-(top right, then) ‘China Collaborative’ – 40 images and at

Since completion of “Pillar of Life”, a plaque has been erected, a picture of which I have attached.  The words are:

Ann Art Plaque Pillar of Life“This painting combines Western and Chinese styles.  The vine represents the interconnectedness of all life, reaching up towards the sun.  The branches consist of torn small pieces of DNA sequence paper; the code of life that is written in the genes of all living things.  Like the blue torn paper at the edge of the vine our lives can feel ragged and torn when we experience any change including the diagnosis of cancer which affects the lives of patients, their families and friends.  No matter how challenging, our lives are what we create out of whatever is in front of us. So we create whatever we can, looking for ways to contribute to the world during the brief time that we have on planet earth.  Ann dedicated this art work to her husband, Malcolm Simons, a cancer patient and a Professor at this Cancer Center, and to all other cancer patients. Ann and the local artists hope that this painting will contribute to the creation of a healing environment by bringing calm and comfort to patients, dedicated doctors, nurses and support staff, and helping to create a sense of hope in all who come here.”

Pearl River Cruise_Ann and MalcolmAnn and I have just returned from a third visit to Guangzhou.  A photo taken on a Pearl River Cruise will remind some of you how young one of us remains, and how the other is so happy to be aging, just by still being here!

At her meeting with SYSUCC President Professor Zeng Yi-Xin on this last visit, Ann came up with the idea of “More Than One Wisdom” when talking about my Traditional Chinese Medicine treatment that she prepares for me.  The idea is that modern western medicine is a development from natural products having medicinal qualities.  Using materials from both Pharmacies (natural products, pill boxes, capsules, tablets, rice) and DNA paper, Ann created the work over five days that is shown in two attachments – one showing her manager assisting with erection, and the second a close up of the work.

Thank you for those of you who kindly ask how I’m travelling, now 8 years since diagnosis of Multiple Myeloma.  While Ann and I were in Guangzhou in September my myeloma broke out from a 15-month long ‘remission’ of wellness, the first hint of which was fracturing a rib by a seemingly innocuous cough.  Now, back home in Geelong, I’m reviewing experimental drugs under trial since there are no drugs remaining with proven clinical efficacy.  I’m very fortunate to have the choices that medical science continues to reveal, the privilege of which sustains my spirit.  If circumstances change for the worse, either I or Ann will notify you.  Otherwise, assume that every second of life is a joy, and any departure from complete wellness is being managed by the realisation that the alternative doesn’t bear contemplation!

Love from us both

Malcolm and Ann

Ann Art More Than One Wisdom Hung

Professor Malcolm Simons
Department of Experimental Research
State Key Laboratory of Oncology in South China
Sun Yat-Sen University Cancer Center
651 Dongfeng Road East,
Guangzhou 510060, Guangdong Province, PR CHINA
Tel: (+86)-13711316374

Simons Haplomics Limited
Founder/Chief Scientific Officer
Room A, 7/F, China Overseas Building
139 Hennessy Road, Wanchai
Hong Kong SAR,  PR CHINA

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