Chan See Ting: She baldly goes public with disease!

Hi guys,

I am back updating my blog again despite being very busy with work, tastings and upcoming projects(do look forward to it)! Well, this time I am not blogging about anything related to food but for a cause. I am pretty sure many of you guys out there saw an article from The Straits Times regarding a girl that was diagnosed with alopecia areata and her name is Chan See Ting.

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Here is what she wrote:

“It was in July 2013 when I was first diagnosed with alopecia. Alopecia is an autoimmune disease that many people can’t make sense of, not even doctors, because it is incurable. It is a disease that causes your immune system to attack your hair follicles and causing them to fall off, though thankfully without physical pain of any sort. But this disease is no less crippling than others; it is my third year battling this monster and there still are days when I wake up filled with despondency and unable to see the good in this season.

I’m not sure how many people out there are struggling with the same disease. But I know somewhere out there, there are people too afraid to admit that the image reflected in the mirror scares them and they don’t know who to turn to. They will be trying ways and means to cover up their baldness, and they will find that despair becomes a very familiar visitor. They will be looking at their old photos and for some, they’ll be missing the simple joy of tying their hair. They will be sweeping off the fallen strands from their pillows every morning when they wake, chunks and chunks of them. They will be ridden with shame and indignity, as they find their self-esteem dissolving into nothingness. And even though they know that their families and friends love and care for them, they can’t help feeling that they will never understand how it truly feels.

I know this, because I’ve been there.

At this point in time, the existence of a support group locally is not known to me, and I really want to connect with people who have chosen to keep mum about their struggles and fears regarding alopecia. I really believe that there is strength when two or more come together to share our hopes and fears. I strongly believe that we don’t have to suffer in silence all alone, and the way to gain strength is to take that first step out of the negative space we trap ourselves in.

If you know of anyone who is fighting this battle, please help to bridge this gap between us so that we can support each other and know that we are not alone. I’m really uncomfortable with the idea of crowdsourcing, and as I’m typing this all my fears and doubts are clouding my thoughts, but you guys have shown me the power of social media can make incredible things happen. Just by clicking ‘share’, you can actually make a huge difference.

So internet, let’s make this happen.” – Chan See Ting

Frankly speaking, I came across the news article several times and I never read it till today. However, I did find the name of this girl very familiar and it seemed that I heard this name somewhere before. It was yesterday when my brother told me about her story over dinner. This girl turned out to be someone really close to him, someone that took care of him, someone that listened to him and someone treated him like a younger brother during his secondary school and junior college days. He shared about the cause she is working towards and the awareness she hope to raise through the Internet. So he hope that I can actually share this on my Instagram account so as to reach out to more people. Hence, I went to read up the news article to find out more about it.

After reading it, I find her cause to be really meaningful. She hopes to reach out to fellow sufferers of the disease. Her plan is to meet up with these sufferers and start a support group. As the only child in her family, she knows how lonely it can get and how tough things may get with such a disease so she hopes to engage with fellow sufferers, provide a listening ear and encourage one another through this support group.

We are small as one but big if we unite. Do head over to her Facebook profile and share her post! Let’s try to reach out to as many people as we can alright? Your help will be greatly appreciated! Thank you!

With loves,

Justin

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