So you came to Breathe when you were first diagnosed with breast cancer. What made you choose Pilates and how did it help with your treatment and recovery?
I chose Pilates because it’s a low-impact style of training. I had to give up barre and more strenuous activities because the impact was too hard on my body. Nicole (one of Breathe’s Pilates instructors) is also a good friend of mine who saw me through my cancer journey. She encouraged me to try out Pilates and I’m so glad I did! During my chemo journey, I went for a few private sessions of Pilates and found it beneficial as it kept me moving and made me stronger. This was the perfect style of training during this difficult period.
What would you say to someone who is currently going through what you’ve gone through?
Don’t give up. Be positive. A positive attitude is key to conquer this dreaded disease.
How has this changed your life since?
I have learned to be more present and to love myself more. Life is short, so just be happy.
We hear that you have launched your own business! Can you tell us more about that, how did it come about?
The idea for Breathe Essentials Co was born during the toughest challenge of my life; chemotherapy. As a very young breast cancer fighter, I sought a lot of comfort and relief from essential oils and scented candles during my cancer journey. But now as a young breast cancer survivor, I have found my life to be beautiful and triumphant after this ordeal. It is with this hope that Breathe Essentials Co desires to inspire others in times of need.
Breathe Essentials Co is a lifestyle company that specializes in formulating essentials for everyone. For our launch, our products include hand-poured cocosoy candles, pure organic essential oils from the French Riviera and also locally formulated yoga mat sprays that naturally disinfects. We have more products that are in the works and are currently working on our Christmas bundles.
Thank you so much to Charlene Koh for sharing your personal story with us at Breathe! We are excited to announce that we will be hosting a Breathe Essentials Co Pop-Up at Novena Medical Centre this month 24-25th October. Please check out our newsletter and social media for more information.