I am confident, driven and have got my Bollywood dance moves sorted. I was also diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer at the age of 30. This is my story.
I’m passionate about giving back
Born in the UK and brought up by Pakistani parents, I’ve constantly tried to balance my family heritage with British culture. I was taught to be independent but to never forget my cultural and Muslim values. It’s not always an easy balance.
It has been a long and difficult journey, which only becomes harder when you are from the South Asian community
I was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer at the age of 30 in January, 2015. With no family history and a healthy lifestyle, the diagnosis came as a shock. I went through chemotherapy, surgery and radiotherapy – finishing my treatment in October 2015. But due to the type of cancer, I had to have a hysterectomy in December 2020. It has been a long and difficult journey, which only becomes harder when you are from the South Asian community.
I’m passionate about giving back and doing charity work. This passion strengthened after going through a breast cancer diagnosis, so I decided to set up a charity alongside another cancer survivor I met during my journey. We (Sakoon Through Cancer) support, raise awareness and educate South Asian women about breast cancer. I wanted to create a platform to spread the message that young, South Asian girls can also get cancer. We’re not a community who speaks about this, due to cultural stigma and taboo. So, I’m hoping that my face and story can raise awareness.
Keep it simple. Wear it pink
It’s so important to wear it pink so that together, we can raise funds for life-saving breast cancer research and life-changing care. I also want to spread the message on how to check your own breasts for early signs of breast cancer.
This October, keep it simple and do something that you love – just wear it pink!