Emily Tan at home in Happy Valley. A leukaemia diagnosis is the latest blow she has had to face. “What I can do is to make every day that I’m alive count,” the 33-year-old says. Photo: Nora Tam

How hardiness helped this Malaysian weather a multitude of blows – cancer being the latest

  • Emily Tan has stayed strong through all that life has thrown her. She exhibits what doctors call psychological hardiness – something that’s in us all
  • I chose to take charge of my emotions, says 33-year-old
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Emily Tan at home in Happy Valley. A leukaemia diagnosis is the latest blow she has had to face. “What I can do is to make every day that I’m alive count,” the 33-year-old says. Photo: Nora Tam
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Sasha Gonzales

Sasha Gonzales

Sasha writes about a variety of subjects, from health and beauty to design, architecture, food and travel. Her work has appeared in a number of publications in Asia, including Wine & Dine, The Peak, SilverKris and Her World Singapore. She has been writing regularly for the South China Morning Post since 2011.