World Cancer Day 2019

Lilfairtrade Shop
Posted February 17, 2019 from United Arab Emirates
Mrs Meshar Mumtaz Bano - Brave cancer patient, devoted mother, daughter, amazing chef, gardener and beautiful soul...
My beautiful mother Mrs Meshar Mumtaz Bano who bravely struggled with metastatic breast cancer. Yes! She had a beautiful smile. Location: Mall of the Emirates, Dubai, UAE - May 2010.
Mrs Meshar Mumtaz Bano
Mrs Meshar Mumtaz Bano: My beloved mother Mrs Meshar Mumtaz Bano modelling fairtrade gold cuffs produced by Noah's Ark International, Moradabad, India. Mum was a staunch supporter of my fairtrade work and she was always happy to model fairtrade jewellery for me. This photograph was taken 3 months after her breast cancer diagnosis. Location: Manchester, UK - June 2012 (1/2)


In memory of beloved mother, Mrs Meshar Mumtaz Bano!

My beloved mother was a ‘courageous woman, she was my first school of thought, love, compassion and my paradise.’

My beautiful mother was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer March 2012, she was 59 years old.

My beloved mother passed away from metastatic breast cancer April 18th 2016, she was 62 years old. May Allah azza wa ajal (God) bless all mothers with Paradise and (Jannat-ul-Ferdose), Aameen.  

My siblings and I miss her terribly.


Hereditary Breast Cancer, Genetic Testing and Counselling

During early January 2017 I found a lump in my left breast and immediately made an appointment to see my breast consultant. Luckily, my lump was a cyst and it was removed successfully.

Due to a history of breast and ovarian cancer in my family my consultant advised that I take the BRAC1 and BRAC2 genetic testing.

My results were normal and I do not carry the BRAC 1/2 genes. I am very relieved.

Self examination is the key to early detection of cancer and survival.

Women who have a history of cancer in the family should attend their annual mammogram and pap test.


Visiting the Doctor 

I would like to reiterate that the body goes through hormonal changes and not all lumps are cancerous.

If you notice any abnormalities in your body please make an appointment to see your General Practitioner.

If you are uncomfortable about attending your doctors appointment, mammogram or pap test alone ask a family member or friend to go along with you. 

However hard it may see at the time, talk to someone about how you are feeling.

Worrying never achieves anything and knowing that you've opened a conversation about your health is a step closer to making you better and healthier.

Before you attend your appointment make a list of all your symptoms and talk openly with your doctor about your worries and concerns.


Fairtrade and Breast Cancer Research

I have attached a link about my humble support for breast cancer research.

The beautiful totally bobbles pink fairtrade bag supports victims of human trafficking in Nepal.

Mum was a staunch supporter of my fairtrade work and regularly supported fairtrade by purchasing fairtrade bananas, tea, coffee and chocolate.

I am very happy we visited the Hadeel Fairtrade Palestinian Shop with my sister Irem in Edinburgh, UK, together.


Cancer and the Asian Community

I am hoping that by recording this video I can reach out to other ladies in similar situations and Pakistani/Asian carers who would like a listening ear and some moral support.

It is my aim that the Pakistani and Asian community talk openly about cancer and support those instead of giving them a death sentence.

Cancer is a taboo subject and it's so important to dispel the myths surrounding it.

Due to the lack of support my siblings and I received after my mother passed I completed an online course  ''Talking About Cancer'' with Cancer Research UK.

I have attached a link below for those interested.


Support World Cancer Day 2019

This World Cancer Day support a cancer research organisation by volunteering your time.

Love and best wishes to all cancer patients past and present, their families and carers.

I wish you a speedy recovery and a happy healthy life.

Love and prayers for those who have lost a loved one! I'm always here to support and listen.

Sabeena x


Further Reading and Links

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Jill Langhus
Feb 17
Feb 17

Hello Dear Sabeena,

How are you, dear?

Thanks so much for sharing your sad, but informative and encouraging post and video about cancer. I'm so sorry to hear about the loss of your mom. She sounds like an amazing lady.

I hope you're doing well, and having a good day.

Lilfairtrade Shop
Feb 25
Feb 25

Hello, Assalaam Alaikum peace and blessings J,

Thank you for your message.
How are you, I hope you are well?

I'm struggling with my shoulders and typing is painful and difficult.

Yes! Mum was my Angel, I miss her everyday.

Mothers are precious!

Speak with you soon insha'Allah (God willing)

Peace and blessings

Jill Langhus
Feb 26
Feb 26

Thank you, dear:-)

You're welcome. I'm doing very well, thanks:-)

Oh, no. What happened? Are you okay, I hope?

Aw. Sorry, dear:(

Hope you feel better soon, dear!


Jacqueline Namutaawe

Hello Sabeena thanks for sharing about your mum's story about cancer. You trully know what it feels especially now that you have a strong connection from the fact that your mum was a victim of cancer. I totally concur with you that it begins with a self examination and that not all lums are cancerous. The struggle against cancer continues that is why every year since 2012 in Uganda we have the Rotary Cancer run where the proceeds from the run go towards construction and refurbishment of a full fledged cancer centre alongside the one at the national referral hospital.

Lilfairtrade Shop
Feb 25
Feb 25

Dear Jacqueline,

Hello, Assalaam Alaikum peace and blessings,

Thank you for your message.

Yes! Caring for a parent who has been diagnosed with terminal cancer is emotionally, physically and mentally challenging. Only those who have lost a parent or loved one can truly understand how your life becomes secondary and their quality of life and well being becomes a priority.

There is a common misconception that cancer patients are victims...They are not...
They are brave, strong willed beautiful individuals.

My mothers last wish was to visit my grand mother in Karachi Pakistan.
Despite being told the risks by oncologists she flew 3000 miles to spend 3 glorious weeks with my Nani (maternal grandmother) and family.

Mum was a courageous woman, she never let her cancer depress or control her decisions.

Cancer patients need the choice to choose their treatments and practical support with their quality of life.

So lovely to hear about cancer care in Uganda, I hope it is financially feasible too.
I wish your Rotary Cancer organisation and the work on the new building success and prosperity.

Love, Peace and blessings

Tamarack Verrall
Feb 22
Feb 22

Dear Sabeena,

I am so sorry to learn that your wonderful mother has died from breast cancer. What a lovely tribute here, by speaking openly with important information abut cancer. I love as well seeing the photo wearing some of your fair trade jewellery, and to know that she understood how important your fair trade work to be.

Lilfairtrade Shop
Feb 25
Feb 25

Dear Tamarak,

Hello, Assalaam Alaikum peace and blessings,

How are you, I hope this message finds you well?

Thank you so much for your condolences and kind comments.
They are appreciated.

Yes! Mum was a fairtrade pioneer in her own right.
She is one of the reasons I continue to campaign for fairtrade, social and trade justice.

Love peace and blessings

Veronica Ngum Ndi
Feb 25
Feb 25

Dear Sabeena
Thank you for sharing your sad but inspirational story. Mother is gold and courage for the lost of your mother.Thanks for all the links.
Thank you

Lilfairtrade Shop
Feb 25
Feb 25

Dear Veronica,

Good Morning, Assalaam Alaikum peace and blessings,

How are you, I hope this message finds you well?

Thank you for your message and comments.

YES! Mothers are Gold! :)
I miss my mother everyday.
I was fortunate and blessed to spend 4 short years taking care of her before she returned to her Maker.

You're welcome! I hope the links were useful?

Love peace and blessings

leila Kigha
Mar 20
Mar 20

Ahhhhh Sabeeena,
I have seen more people depart due to cancer in recent years than in the past 20 years. Young people in their 30s 40s
The pain is so unbearable and the loss hard to bare.
Thank You for using your Mothers story to shine a light and help others.
So sorry for your loss.
I know your mum will be proud of home strong and purposeful you are.
Keep on keeping on