Those tucking into the sweet creations from one-year-old home-based outfit Ade’s Homebake might not know this — but each cake and cookie is part of a young woman’s fight against an incurable disease. Everything was going great in Adeline Ng’s life two years ago: she was happily employed as the pastry chef at five-star One Farrer hotel, and had just given birth to her first child. But everything came crashing down when she was diagnosed with Neuromyelitis Optica (NMO) – a rare autoimmune disorder that affects one in 100,000 people. She was only 31 years old then. Autoimmune disease is a condition that causes a person’s immune system – which normally guards it against bacteria and viruses – to attack the body instead. This includes the optic nerves (which results in blindness).

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