Her son was only 17 when he was diagnosed with Stage 4 lymphoma cancer two years ago.
But Mrs Susan Chan did not let it get the better of her. Instead, the 53-year-old housewife chose to remain positive.
She is one of the 21 Mrs Singapore finalists unveiled on Monday for this year's pageant.
Seven other contestants aged 50 and above are also vying for the Classic Mrs Singapore title.
The finals for both pageants will be on May 10.
Mrs Chan told The New Paper: "As a mother, of course I was very scared and sad when I found out about my son's cancer.
"But the entire family did not cry in front of him as we did not want him to worry. My son faced it bravely and told me not to be scared.
"We believe in positive thinking. Even when he was in the hospital, we joked around with him and we were always laughing. I never, at any point, felt like giving up."
Mrs Chan dealt with the ordeal by keeping herself busy and she tried not to stay home alone.
Coincidentally, in the year her son's illness was diagnosed, she was approached by a getai organiser to perform.
The mother of three, who loves singing and dancing, agreed without hesitation.
"I performed at getais and still took care of my son. Time flew by quickly," she recalled.