Dying

Around this time last year, I was closer to dying than I ever was… again. (I know, geez Emily, that’s sooooo dramatic) *rolls eyes* Whatev’s y’all, reflection is important for growth! This time last year, I was admitted for intensive chemotherapy followed by a stem cell transplant (bone marrow transplant). Things felt scary at that…

Cancer and Career Interview with The Hive

Excerpt “Recently, she completed her first live talk recounting her experience as a cancer survivor at an event hosted by Joint Dynamics, a physiotherapy clinic in Hong Kong. She has also made guest appearances on Pacific Muscle Chats and Hong Kong Confidential to share her experiences in mental and sexual health as well as dealing…

Face-Mask Ban Impediment

Today, Hong Kong announced they are officially banning face-mask wearing at protests and in public, effective from 5th of October, 2019. News reported that we won’t be prosecuted if we’re wearing masks for health reasons, however, mask-wearing will now be seen as defying the law, more than ever. Even if we ain’t harassed by the…

My First Talk As a Cancer Fighter

Firstly, I was nervous about this 🙊 My experience in presenting is on fitness content but when I sat down to outline this talk, self-doubt crept in. I wondered how I could bring value when I’m just talking about myself. So, I procrastinated and didn’t work on my powerpoint slides until a few hours before…

Re-Live to Move Forward

This was taken on a good mood day a month ago, fresh after a haircut (I know, I’m at the point where I GET to have haircuts now! #BaldToPunk) I have more good days than not-good days, and I’m here to acknowledge those days. Recently, I’ve needed more space. Since last week, I’ve gained more…

PMC Podcast Show Notes

Mitch and I chatted for almost 2 hours on his podcast! Understandably, that’s a LOT to get through listening to.  So here are show notes I’ve done to help. A good practice for my podcast project 🙂 Podcast episode on Pacific Muscle Chats HERE   or links below: (iTunes) https://podcasts.apple.com/zw/podcast/battling-leukaemia-w-emily-tan/id1467731768?i=1000441047297 (Spotify) https://open.spotify.com/episode/4FvjBXgReu8qo7wIoDkGxE?si=IHPlLEsaTG-jP1_hBUlfUg Show notes 2:10   Background. …

Tap Cancer Out – Podcast Episode

When I was invited to go on the podcast channel “Hong Kong Confidential” to share my story, I had no idea I’d go that in-depth with how I lost my virginity and had an abortion at 15 years old. The host of the podcast Jules Hannaford, also the author of “Fool Me Twice “, held space…

Cancer and Relationships

Relationships. As much as I share on social media, I hardly share anything about this topic online.  Reasons not too morphed over the years.  Now, no longer.  It is with a deep understanding of differences amidst the same desired fundamentals and the value of learning through conversations. So, in the interest of full disclosure about…

I’m Alive Post-Transplant

I know it’s been a while since I’ve updated. Truth is, this round of intensive chemotherapy plus stem cell transplant hit me a lot harder than I thought it would.  I mean, there were days where I could barely open my eyes and utter a word.  I was hardly processing any of my own thoughts,…

Stem Cell Transplant – Em’s Hospital Stay Diary

Day -13 As in 13 days until the day of my stem cell transplant/bone marrow transplant (STC/BMT) for Acute Myeloid Leukaemia. Admission, prep, deposit. Prior to being admitted today, I had a scare that I wouldn’t be able to pay the 500,000 HKD deposit for this transplant.  Once again, the people around me pulled through…

My Biggest Fight of 2018

A bone marrow transplant is finally happening. This transplant chemo is the hardest ’bout yet and while the journey to recovering from a BMT looks long, challenging and financially stressful from another year of no work, it does come with the hope that my chances of surviving Acute Myeloid Leukaemia are boosted.  I’m quite stoked…