Jennifer Lau-Mason’s Story of Resilience 

Resilience in the modern world isn’t just a vital skill to develop - We’re taught from when we’re children to take care of others first, but we’re not taught the dangers of forgetting about ourselves – a risk that Jenny discovered the hard way!

As women, we’re far more resilient than we may ever give ourselves credit for. 

What may be one person’s natural way of dealing with things could, to someone else, be a true feat of inner strength.

Some things sent to try us are unexpected and unavoidable; some things are harder to deal with than others; but it’s important to know that the way we approach them to get to the other side - that’s when our true colours shine.

Jenny Lau-Mason is a glorious example of the way your true colours can give you strength in some of the darkest moments. When her days were tough, she found the strength inside to keep going.

Jenny, who lives in Northern Ireland, has faced ill health, loss, and personal strain. But over time, she’s learnt to power through.

This is the story of Jenny’s journey, how hardship helped her to find personal resilience and showed her true strength as a woman…

“It started back in 2012 when I’d suddenly developed some pains in my side”...

The sudden onset of a strange pain down one side took Jenny by surprise. She consulted a doctor who diagnosed her with pneumonia.

“It was the pneumonia which gave me these pains. So I ended up being hospitalised for a week and subsequently I was treated for it. After that I had to go for regular check-ups just to make sure it was okay.”

Jenny managed to fight the pneumonia, but just when she thought that was the end of her problems, the worst was just around the corner…

Just a Routine Check

In the shadow of her pneumonia, Jenny returned regularly for routine check-ups at the hospital including X-rays on her chest - all to make sure her recovery was going the way it should.

“It was during one of these check-ups that they found some sort of abscess in my lung. I didn’t know what that meant at the time, but I was starting to worry because they wanted to do further tests on me…”

By Beverley Anderson

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Jennifer Lau-Mason

One of the most powerful lessons in life is never to give up, whatever your situation. Jennifer’s ability to hold on to her dreams is a true testimonial of our inner and outer strength to make our dreams come true.

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It came as such a shock to her and her mother, who accompanied for support at these check-ups, when Jenny, who was only 39 years old, was diagnosed with lung cancer.

“My mum was with me the day of the diagnosis and, I mean, she was absolutely devastated. She was in bits. So I just sort of dealt with it, you know, and came through it.

“Looking back, I reckon I must have been pretty strong, you know, because it wasn’t easy.”

Chemotherapy was very aggressive.

Jenny found herself lifeless with no energy at all, falling down and losing the physical strength to go about her daily tasks.

At first, she was scared she wouldn’t see Christmas, but deciding not to entertain thoughts like that, Jenny’s sole focus was simply on getting better.

In this time of crisis, family were her crutch. Jenny’s step-father and son were always there for support and a source of hope, her mother came to her house everyday to cook and clean.

“Thankfully the chemo treatment helped lessen the tumour and they eventually operated and removed it.”

Jenny’s second bout of illness was alleviated.

Without suffering from pneumonia, Jenny’s lung cancer could have remained unknown and untreated. After the night, there is always a dawn.

But when you think that was bad, then on top came another episode...

It was in March 2017 when, diagnosed with terminal lung cancer, Jenny’s mother tragically passed away.
The source of her inspiration and strength. From the moment of her diagnosis, it was Jenny’s time to return the favour as she cared for her mother and, later on, her step-father.

“She had said to me, ’if anything ever happens to me, just look after him’ so I listened to her and I granted her dying wish.”

But it was only a fortnight after the funeral that Jenny’s step-dad was diagnosed with stage-one bladder cancer.

“I went to look after him, drove up and down to his house every day, and I helped him whatever way I could. I followed him around, in and out of hospital.”

“I Didn’t Put Myself First”

We’re taught from when we’re children to take care of others first, but we’re not taught the dangers of forgetting about ourselves – a risk that Jenny discovered the hard way…

“I think maybe perhaps it was just the stress of everything. That October, I was at work on a Monday morning and I was going about my daily duties. It was through pure luck that my manager happened to be with me at the time.

“I remember my speech getting slurred and my words wouldn’t come out. My manager said to me ‘Jenny, are you alright?’ and the next thing I knew, my left arm started moving of its own accord. I didn’t have any control over it. She sat me down and spoke to me and eventually they called an ambulance. It was quite scary.”

It seemed it all got too much for Jenny as she was rushed to hospital with a mini stroke.

Her body simply could not react strongly enough to the stress of caring for her unwell parents, at the same time as recovering from her own bout of cancer.

Don’t feel as though it’s arrogant to take care of yourself.
By living a healthy life and giving love to yourself, you’ll be in the best of health mentally and physically to serve the ones you love.

Living Out Your Dreams

“A friend of mine said to me when she’d heard the news, she said one thing I’ll never forget:

‘Never give up. Until the very last breath of your life, never ever give up.’

“So I took that on board, it’s my life motto now. I just keep charging ahead.”

Thanks to the strength she built from her friends and family, Jenny’s in good health now.

Despite her medical and emotional setbacks, Jenny grew her own power of resilience by harnessing what she already had inside.

Her belief in God, and her lifelong desire to learn from authors such as Louise Hay who is a pioneer in positive thinking and learning to love yourself have compounded Jenny’s personal resilience recovery.

“Don’t give up, because there really is life after cancer. Don’t give up, because you need to give yourself a chance. It’s all to do with the mindset and if you remain positive, anything’s possible.”

While many would grow emotionally weak from these problems, Jenny’s journey made her realise that life is too short already. She’s learned to live life to the fullest, and as a result, she’s making her dreams come true.

Since childhood, Jenny’s ultimate dream was to get married to the one she loved. A dream she made true in 2016, and now pursuing all the plans and ideas that she was simply putting off before.

“It’s just given me a whole new lease of life”

Today's Guest

Jennifer Lau-Mason

One of the most powerful lessons in life is never to give up, whatever your situation. Jennifer’s ability to hold on to her dreams is a true testimonial of our inner and outer strength to make our dreams come true.

Be Inspired


  •  Jenny grew her own power of resilience by harnessing what she already had inside.
  • "Don’t give up, because there really is life after cancer. Don’t give up, because you need to give yourself a chance."
  • Dare to dream... Jenny’s ultimate dream was to get married to the one she loved. A dream she made true in 2016.

Resources for Resilience

Note: the resources below may be affiliate links, meaning I get paid a commission (at no extra cost to you) if you use that link to make a purchase.


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