Challenges Of Cancer

'Vanity has been my pillar'

Ms Tay Shan Min says beauty and make-up kept her going in her fight against cancer

CANCER SURVIVOR TAY SHAN MIN.
CANCER SURVIVOR TAY SHAN MIN.PHOTO: COURTESY OF TAY SHAN MIN, ONG WEE KIAT
Ms Tay Shan Min has supported women undergoing cancer treatments with workshops on cosmetics techniques. (Above) Ms Tay last September after numerous chemotherapy sessions.
Ms Tay Shan Min has supported women undergoing cancer treatments with workshops on cosmetics techniques. (Above) Ms Tay last September after numerous chemotherapy sessions.PHOTO: COURTESY OF TAY SHAN MIN, ONG WEE KIAT

The first thing she says is: "Sorry, you'll have to speak louder - my hearing has been impaired from chemo."

Hand of friendship outstretched, Ms Tay Shan Min offers a toothy grin shellacked in bright red lipstick. Mascara-coated lashes fan out dramatically against her closely cropped hair.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on October 20, 2019, with the headline ''Vanity has been my pillar''. Subscribe