When cancer came to visit Neve Tsai in 2010, her strength came from a tired –but valid – old truism: Just grin and bear it.
“My friends describe me as a strong, quiet person. So I wanted to be positive about it. I put on a brave face, I didn’t want anyone feeling sorry for me.”
That strength of character and ability to see the positive worked a little too well at times, she says, chuckling. “I was so positive about the mastectomy, chemotherapy and radiation, my daughter was like, ‘Oh Mum, you’ll be fine.’ Even when I lost my hair, the kids were never afraid. They assumed I’d get through it, even when I was scared myself.”
Difficult as it was to maintain that composure, she says it was the result of inner resolve rather than hiding her true feelings.