Illness

Health

Diagnosed at 14: Life with Pompe Disease

“You’re turning 24? Me too!” I’d only been speaking with Emily Ho for a whole 5 minutes, yet we had already made a connection. Both of us were born in the same year and we’d...

Health

I was planning to get married, then I got cancer

“Yolanda, I’m really sorry but you have cancer.” I didn’t know how to react. My mind was a blank. The doctor continued explaining my report, but I just stared blankly at her. As I lay...

Culture

Influencer or influenza: What are we spreading online?

Along with the rise of social media platforms – with Facebook hitting almost 2 billion global monthly active users, more than a quarter of the world’s population – many have risen to popularity...

Health

The unusual mammogram

I’m not the kind to keep up with health screenings, but I went for a mammogram anyway – something told me I had to. When my results came back from the lab, my veteran GP confirmed from her...

Music

Out of the depths of despair, a song of hope

In 2015, I heard the amazing testimony of Ivan and Rachel Tan. Their baby, Johanna, had been diagnosed with a series of congenital heart defects that were diagnosed as life-threatening if left...

Real Life, Real People

A new heart for baby

“There’s something wrong with your baby’s heart.” In 2014, 22 weeks into my pregnancy, a routine ultrasound revealed severe anomalies in the baby’s heart. A rare congenital heart defect...

Real Life, Real People

See you soon, Dad

I remember climbing the Great Wall of China with my father in 2009. My sisters and mother were predictably not game enough to ascend the cobbled steps, but we men were always so brave. I led the way...

Real Life, Real People

My battle with bulimia and anorexia

Time: 3.43AM. Distance covered: 22.7km. Calories burned: 1,743kcal. Current weight: 52.7kg. That was how far shame took me. At 14 years old, I was training to be a national high jumper. My fat...

Real Life, Real People

Where are you, my babies? Two lost children later, I finally became a mum

One midnight in April 1999, I was pushed into the operation theatre for an emergency operation. I was then 6 weeks pregnant. My first child was growing in my right fallopian tube and the tube was...