Generation Grit

Generation Grit: Bullied because of skin problem, but rising above it to help others

Megan Tang, who has eczema, was rejected by her peers when she was younger and developed mental health issues. She now taps her experiences in her work as a counsellor. This is the latest in a series on millennials who persevere against the odds.

Growing up, Megan Tang suffered from severe eczema, which led to her being bullied in school. She was diagnosed with anxiety, bipolar and obsessive compulsive disorders as an adult and now uses her experiences to help others as a counsellor.
Ms Megan Tang, who works as a counsellor at charity Limitless, believes her experiences help her build trust with clients, as they feel she understands what they are going through.
Ms Megan Tang, who works as a counsellor at charity Limitless, believes her experiences help her build trust with clients, as they feel she understands what they are going through. ST PHOTO: ARIFFIN JAMAR

Growing up, Ms Megan Tang had to deal with taunts from her classmates that she smelt like rotten eggs.

Her eczema, which developed when she was just 20 months old, was so severe that some part of her skin was always cracked and seeping pus that emitted an odour.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 08, 2020, with the headline 'Bullied because of skin problem, but rising above it to help others'. Print Edition | Subscribe