The face that was

smiling little girl covering face with balloons on street
white rose on womans face ceramic figurine
The face that was . (Photo by cottonbro on

The face that was,

is one’s identity.

It’s about one’s privacy.

‘Cos linked to one’s face,

are other faces and identities

by relation, by kinship,

especially in mental illnesses, breast cancer, Covid-19, HIV.

“Can it spread ?” “Don’t play with them, their mum works in a hospital!”

Contagion by genes, by marriage, by touch, as society defines.

Health education is an ongoing necessity; a continual challenge.

Chen Song Ping,

31 Dec 2020

Published by Chen S. P. @ TPTan

Serena Chen @TPTan, Master degree in nursing (Monash) . Serena teaches local and overseas nurses in a stomaltherapy program. She had presented papers internationally. Serena is a member of the ‘Golden Key International Society (Monash). She was an editor of a mental health bulletin and she enjoys pottery works, cartoons, painting and poems. She shares insightful experiences about being a carer for people with mental illness and cancer in this defining society.

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