In mid-2014, I started losing hair from the top of my head, and within a year, I lost all my body hair due to alopecia [a condition where the immune system mistakenly attacks hair follicles]. At first, I only told my then-girlfriend (now my wife) about my hair loss.
I was raised in a Catholic family, and attended an all-girls, convent primary school where strict grooming regulations were in place. I couldn’t stand having long hair, but a certain length was required for school.
I’d known since I was 7 years old that my vision would one day succumb to glaucoma – an eye condition where the high fluid pressure within the eye eventually damages the optic nerve fibers. It was gradual, and happened at a pace I didn’t pay much attention to when I was younger.
When I was in secondary 3, my desire to become thin grew into an obsession after realising that the weight loss tips I acquired online were working on me.
The day of the accident was also the day of my father’s wake. I was 24 years old, and on my way back from driving some of my relatives home when I lost control of the car. Two of my cousins were with me when the car skidded and crashed into a tree. They were relatively unharmed, but it took an SCDF crew
When I was 24, I thought I had developed superpowers.I was watching the news when I heard a voice in my head telling me of accidents that were going to happen. I would think that the television was talking to me, and that I could talk back to it if I tried.
My name is Daphne, and I had my first miscarriage at 21. Being young and fresh out of polytechnic, it was an experience I could not understand.
Growing up, I never knew what it was like to take drugs. I was a decent girl who did well in primary school. However, I lost interest in my studies after Secondary 3, and dropped out.
YOUR LIFE: Every human being has a story to tell. In this series, Your Life features personal accounts by Singaporeans detailing their respective trials in life and their courage to face them. My name is Fam Jun Yong and I am 23 years old. When I was born in 1994, my biological parents left me to two
YOUR LIFE: Every human being has a story to tell. In this series, Your Life features personal accounts by Singaporeans detailing their respective trials in life and their courage to face them. I still remember the day plainclothes narcotics officers raided our rental house and took my parents away.
In this series, Your Life features personal accounts by Singaporeans detailing their respective trials in life and their courage to face them. It took a long time for me to understand that we are none of these things.