Just last week, Lovelle Cengiya became one of the Top 20 finalists for this year's Miss Singapore Pageant. But unbeknownst to most, the 22 year old beauty has been fighting an often painful and debilitating disease for the last 8 years of her life. But she's not letting it get in the way of accomplishing her dreams.

When she was only 15 years old, Lovelle was diagnosed with Crohn's disease, an inflammatory bowel disease that currently has no cure. With symptoms ranging from abdominal pain, diarrhea, rectal bleeding, weight loss, anemia, fatigue, and mental cycle alterations, the disease causes a chronic inflammatory condition of the gastrointestinal tract. Sometimes, Crohn's disease can be life-threatening. Many people out there do not understand what is Crohn’s Disease,” says Lovelle. “It is not a common illness after all. It is just a myth to some people, they will never encounter it. When people don’t understand something, many people start to have wild thoughts and make untrue statement about the illness.” It is true that Crohn's is not widely known. Even when she found out she had the disease, she had no one to turn to. “When I was diagnosed, I felt so lost because I didn’t know anyone who had the disease… I want to share (this) with people so they will start to find out more about it.”

Fortunately, with proper medication and treatment, Lovelle has her disease under control, but only for now. There's no telling what the future holds, but she's determined to keep on fighting. “Suffering from an incurable disease doesn’t mean the end of everything. You either embrace the facts to grow stronger, or you get stuck in this pool of misery. Your life depends on your choices. Here I am standing as one of the Miss Singapore Beauty Pageant finalists — anything is possible.”

Lovelle is not only a Miss Singapore finalist. She also holds a degree in electrical and electronic engineering from Coventry University. A true inspiration, she truly is not letting her disease define her. But for now, she hopes to be crowned the next Miss Singapore, of which the finals will take place at the end of this month on August 26th.

Let's hope the judges do the right thing.


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