Former Singapore Idol Runner up wouldn't let cancer define her

8 February 2013 / 3 years 8 months ago

Singapore Idol contestant Daphne Khoo reveals how she pulled through a series of health scares, including a rare form of ovarian cancer last year.It is harder to recognise former Singapore Idol contestant Daphne Khoo, 26, these days with her chic pixie cut.The third runner-up in the first season of singing contest Singapore Idol in 2004 and former lead singer of indie band West Grand Boulevard had long locks that the audience came toknow her by. She snipped them off in June last year in preparation for chemotherapy.That was also the year she had a most stressful experience battling wave after wave of debilitating illnesses.The Straits Times reported that the 26-year-old was diagnosed with a form of ovarian cancer so rare that it affects perhaps one Singaporean a year.Yet, she does not pity herself, telling Mind Your Body: "I see the illnesses as part and parcel of life. When life knocks you down, you just roll with the punches."The petite music student takes a light-hearted approach to her hiatus from school, joking that the cancer was a welcome break after four rigorous semesters at the Berklee College ofMusic in Boston in the United States.But while she looks on the bright side, she will not easily forget how she discovered her cancer. After a morning gym session in March last year, she had an outbreak of hives fromher neck to her ankles.Her eyes swelled up "like golf balls", so her Korean roommate whisked her off to the emergency department at Brigham and Women's Hospital nearby, where she was givenantihistamines intravenously for close to eight hours.Though her symptoms were alleviated, Miss Khoo decided to consult an allergist.When skin prick tests yielded no conclusive results, she underwent a full-body check-up, which included a Pap smear of her cervix.

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