At the age of 34 Yeo Chuen Chuen had it all – three young children, a happy marriage and a stable career, first as a secondary school teacher and then as a trainer for a global education franchise.
But something was nagging at her. She wanted a different life. But it took a medical emergency to give her courage to change. In fact it took two medical emergencies. The first was a cyst in her stomach. The second was a serious thyroid problem.
Chuen Chuen explains. “Seven years ago I was diagnosed with a large cyst in my abdomen. We had no idea if it was malignant, or if the cyst was growing inside an organ, or attached to the intestines. But I needed surgery.
“I was afraid because it was my first time being ‘cut open’. But the real fear came when I was being pushed into the operating theatre.“I had thoughts like, ‘What if I do not wake up? What if this is the end?’ And in that moment I had so many regrets. I realised I was living a very fearful life.”
“I was not doing things I wanted to do because I was afraid of what others might think. So I made a silent wish. ‘Please let me wake up from surgery. I promise to cast away all fear and start living life truly!”
When she woke up after her surgery Chuen Chuen was in pain – but she also felt driven to change her life. “I wanted to set up my business and become a professional coach. Because I wanted to live my life with meaning and make a greater impact in the world.”