“I Never Let It Dampen My Spirit”: Cassandra Chiu Speaks Out About Her Disability

Every year, The Singapore Women’s Weekly shines the spotlight on 18 outstanding, powerful and high-achieving career women in the Great Women Of Our Time awards. Meet Health, Sports & Wellness nominee, Cassandra Chiu, Founder of Safe Harbour Counselling:


Cassandra, who suffers from a degenerative genetic condition called Stargardt disease, started losing her sight at the age of eight. But despite being dealt a bad hand in life, she has never let her challenges or struggles deter her. After busking for 10 years, she saved up enough to further her studies bu pursuing a Master of Science degree in Professional Counselling. Citing the late physicist Stephen Hawking, Cassandra shares, “Don’t be disabled in spirit, as well as physically.” She adds, “I like this quote, it gives me strength at different times.” Ever positive, the independent and indomitable mum-of-one shares how she uses the curved balls that life throws her way, to achieve more:

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The Great Women Of Our Time Awards 2018 is brought to you by main presenter, Lancôme, and presenter, PANDORA.

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