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John Yeong Talks About His Mother-Son Relationship & Wellness This Mother’s Day

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As your mum gave you life, it’s hard to find a gift great enough to return the favour. For Mother’s Day, John Yeong, a sports host, TV presenter, and influencer, found something that he thinks is pretty close: a CircleDNA kit that can help his mum understand her health and body better.

After his mum was hospitalised for a heart attack scare in 2020, John realised once again just how fragile life is. For John Yeong to show his love, care, and appreciation for his mum this Mother’s Day, he gave her a CircleDNA kit.

Spoiler alert: She loved it. 

His moving Instagram post made the team at CircleDNA want to learn more about his relationship with his mother, how his family is dealing with lifestyle changes due to Covid, and what John Yeong plans to do for Mother’s Day.

CircleDNA’s Head of Community, Florence Tsai, interviewed John to find out more.

Q: Tell our Circlers about yourself!

John has been heavily interested in sports for as long as he can remember. He did table tennis and athletics while growing up in Singapore and focused on soccer when he studied in Canada. Since returning to Singapore, he picked up running, which coincides with his work as a sports commentator, presenter, and host.

Despite being healthy and staying active, John had a massive health scare in 2011 due to a brain haemorrhage. Despite being hospitalised and undergoing numerous tests, including CT scans, MRIs, and angiograms, his doctors are still at a loss as to what caused the brain haemorrhage.

It was ruled out as a freak accident because he is fit and doesn’t have any underlying health conditions. But, alas, the fear did not recede, and John found himself feeling extra conscious and careful of his health.  

Q: You previously mentioned that your mum had a heart attack scare. Can you tell us more?

John’s 72-year-old mum is also health-conscious because she comes from a family with a history of health problems

“Her father passed away at the young age of 55 due to a heart attack. And she was diagnosed with stage one melanoma. Thankfully, they discovered the skin cancer early. The doctors were able to remove it altogether, with annual checkups to ensure everything is ok.”

With the regular hospital checkups and additional stress from Covid, John’s mum started feeling dizziness and chest pains late last year. 

As a safety precaution, John sent her mum to the hospital to make sure she’s healthy. After three days of hospitalisation and checkups, she was in the clear.

John and his family have been reminding her to stress less and stay happy. The commentator also makes more time for her to accompany her and reduce her loneliness.

Q: How did you and your mum’s CircleDNA reports turn out? 

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John got his CircleDNA test results before his mum. They were both impressed with the detail of the results – they even found out that he is of Mongolian descent!

Although John’s mum is well-read in terms of health, the knowledge she has might not be directly applicable to her body. John is excited for her to find out more about DNA that will help her make healthy lifestyle changes. 

Additionally, she hasn’t been exercising a lot recently due to Covid and ageing. So John hopes that she’ll find a suitable exercise with the CircleDNA report.

Q: How are you celebrating Mother’s Day this year?

John loves travelling with his parents. But with Covid restrictions, they haven’t been able to do so for some time now. 

This Mother’s Day, he plans to have a quiet day in to enjoy each other’s companionship while staying safe. 

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Q: Would you recommend CircleDNA to others as a Mother’s Day gift

John says: “I think I’d recommend it not just for Mother’s Day, to be honest. I think it’d be great for anyone, whether it’s for their mother, friend, or family. 

What I like about it is the fact that it’s really customised about you. I’m a big fan of encouraging people to exercise and have a healthy lifestyle, but at the end of the day we’re not experts and even doctors can’t really prescribe exercise to you. They know what’s recommended for good health, but because everyone’s genetic makeup is different, I suppose we do need a bit more of a specific guided insight in terms of what is good for us. 

If we were to make changes in that direction instead of just telling five to 10 people to do the exact same thing, and expect the same results… I don’t think that’s going to happen because everyone is different. 

I think it’d be a great gift, especially since our mums have given so much to us. Giving up everything, or giving most of themselves in most cases… What better way to give them a gift than Circle DNA? I think that’s really an awesome idea.”

Q: Is there anything you would like to add on the occasion of Mother’s Day?

John says: “I’d like to wish all mums a Happy Mother’s Day. I think you ladies are awesome. There really shouldn’t just be one day in a year to celebrate Mother’s Day, but I think it’s just a way of helping people remember mothers in general. 

All mothers, in their own way, have given so much and I think that it takes a mother to understand what it means to be a mother. So for everyone else who isn’t a mother, including myself, obviously, all I can say is thank you for being who you are and doing what you do.”

We hope John’s story brings a smile to your face. Maybe it’s time to pick up the phone and call mum. If you still haven’t sorted out your Mother’s Gift, now is the chance. Shop our sitewide offer now and make Mama proud. Sign up for the best deal:

Carissa Wong
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Carissa is a Singapore-based freelance writer. You’ll often find her underwater, on a yoga mat, or in a new restaurant.
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