WORLD CANCER DAY 2020 with Sabeena Ahmed

Sabeena Ahmed and The LilFT
Posted February 13, 2020 from United Arab Emirates
Sabeena Ahmed - World Cancer Day 2020
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WORLD CANCER DAY 2020

Hello, Assalaam Alaikum, peace and blessings,

My name is Sabeena and this is my message for World Cancer Day 2020!

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

Mum courageously received 4 years of chemotherapy and radiotherapy before she returned to her maker April 18th 2016, she was 62 years old.

May Allah azza wa ajal (God) bless all mothers with Paradise

(Jannat-ul-Ferdose), Aameen.  

My siblings and I miss her terribly.

 

LOSS, GRIEF AND BEREAVEMENT

It will be 4 years this April since I last saw my beloved mother.

Its been a roller-coaster of emotions as I cope with my loss, grief and bereavement.

I still remember hours after Mum took her last breaths how distraught, numb and lost I was.

I always want to remember Mum for the strong independent happy, healthy woman she was with a beautiful smile.

 

GRIEF, BEREAVEMENT AND HEALING

My grief journey has been difficult and challenging.

This is a wonderful poster and resource titled

'BEREAVEMENT - How People Can Help' has been designed by the Care For The Family Organisation.

 

HEALING

If I had to describe my healing journey using the poster above I would describe it as 5 steps back, 2 steps forward, lonely and overwhelming.

Since Mum's passing I have continued with my fair trade campaigning and work.

Mum was a fairtrade advocate and supported fairtrade producers.

Recording videos like this is also part of my healing process.

I also purchased books about healing.

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.

https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/talking-about-cancer

 

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.

As I mentioned earlier self-examination is the key to successful treatment and survival.

Below is a poster designed by the World Health Organisation about recognising the symptoms of Breast Cancer.

 

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.

https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/talking-about-cancer

 

SUPPORT WORLD CANCER DAY 2020

This World Cancer Day support a cancer research organisation by volunteering your time and raising awareness about cancer.

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!

Sabeena 

 

FURTHER READING AND LINKS

World Cancer Day

Cancer Research UK and Breast Cancer

Care For The Family UK

Spoonie Village

World Health Organisation

Talk About Cancer - Future Learn

http://www.christie.nhs.uk/

https://www.macmillan.org.uk/

https://www.mariecurie.org.uk/

 

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maeann
Feb 13
Feb 13

Thank you Sabeena for sharing the story of your Mother and how you have been aware of this big C. My aunt died of breast cancer too. From then I also carefully monitor my health condition. My heart is very close to this situation because my mother died because of a big C. Keeping us strong together, in sisterhood :)

Dear Meann,

Hello, Assalaam Alaikum peace and blessings,

Thank you for your kind comments.

Please accept my sincere apologies for your loss.

Losing parents and aunts is very painful and the grief eternal.

I have also lost 3 aunts to breast and ovarian cancer, my mother was the fourth sister to be diagnosed. A fifth aunt is currently recovering from breast cancer.

I hope you have received support with your healing process?

Here to listen and support.

Love, peace and blessings
Sabeena

Olutosin
Feb 13
Feb 13

May the Peace of Allah be with you and your siblings. Amen.
Sorry for your loss and May God grant your beautiful mom Aljhana Firdaus. Ameen

Thank you and Jazak'Allah Khairan for your prayers and dua'as Olutosin.

Thank you for taking the time to watch my video and write such kind words.

Love and dua'as
Sabeena

Hello, Sabeena,

How brave you are for staying strong after the loss of our beloved mother. I am so sorry for your loss, dear. We don't move on from grief, we move along in life with it. I admire you for honoring your mother by raising awareness of cancer. Keep up the great work, dear sister. Your mother would have been so proud of you. :) HUGS!

Dear Karen,

Hello, Assalaam Alaikum peace and blessings,

I hope you are well?

Thank you so much for your kind and encouraging comments.
They mean so much.

Love and Hugs!
Sabeena

Peace be with you, too, dear Sabeena. I am doing well. Thank you for asking. You are welcome, dear. Love and hugs!

Anita Shrestha
Feb 14
Feb 14

Dear Sis
Thank you for sharing informative matter of cancer,

Dear Anita,
Namaste, peace and blessings,

Thank you so much for taking the time to comment. I appreciate every message.

Best regards
Sabeena

Ekitah
Feb 14
Feb 14

Hi Sabeena!
So sorry for the loss of your mother. Thanks for sharing this message on cancer.Stay blessed.

Dear Ekitah,

Hello, Assalaam Alaikum peace and blessings,

How are you?

Thank you for your kind words of condolence. I appreciate everyone's messages.

You stay blessed too! :)

Sabeena

Wukwen Destiny
Feb 14
Feb 14

It's really heartbreaking but I'm happy you had the courage to share your story. This will raise awareness of cancer.

Dear Wukwen,

Hello, Assalaam Alaikum peace and blessings,

Thank you for your kind words. I appreciate your message.
Yes! It is difficult to talk about parents when they are no more.

Please do share my video with others so they they can raise awareness about how to recognise the symptoms of breast cancer.

Thank you!
Sabeena

Felicitas Wung
Feb 16
Feb 16

Hello dear, sorry about the loss of your mum and other relatives.
I pray the aunt of yours who is currently recovering from the breast cancer recovers completely in less than no time.
How are your siblings and you doing?
Peace and blessings Sabeena.

Dear Felicitas,

Hello, Assalaam Alaikum peace and blessings,

How are you?
Thank you for your kind words of condolence and get well wishes for my aunt.
I am very appreciative of your love and support.

My brother and sister are well, but, do not like to talk about cancer.
I on the other hand have found peace talking about my beloved mother and sharing her story to raise awareness about breast cancer.

I am healing slowly.

Peace and blessing to you too Felicitas! :)

Felicitas Wung
Feb 19
Feb 19

My dear Sabeena I'm doing fine.
Keep doing your good works by spreading the information about cancer of the breast.
Peace and blessings

Felicitas Wung
Feb 19
Feb 19

My dear Sabeena I'm doing fine.
Keep doing your good works by spreading the information about cancer of the breast.
Peace and blessings

laison sylvie
Feb 18
Feb 18

Thank you Sabeena for raising awareness on this issue, my condolence on the loss of your mum, and hope your aunt recovers fast. Thanks for sharing

Dear Laison,

Good Afternoon, Assalaam Alaikum peace and blessings,

I hope I haven't miss-spelt your name?
How are you?

Thank you for your kind words of condolence and get well soon wishes for my aunt.

I am very appreciative of your message.

Peace and blessings
Sabeena

Anita Kiddu Muhanguzi

Dear Sabeena,
Thank you for sharing about your mother. We have all been victims of cancer and lost loved ones to this deadly disease. It is sad that it is still killing many of our loved ones and no one seems to find a cure to the deadly disease. I send you hugs and lots of love. I know how hard it is to lose a loved one let alone your mother. Thank you for sharing about the deadly disease and for creating awareness.
Stay blessed.

Dear Anita,

Good Afternoon, Assalaam Alaikum peace and blessings,

How are you?

Thank you for kind words of condolence. They are very precious for me.
Thank you for watching the video and taking the time to write.

Please do share the video with others if you feel it may be beneficial and help me to raise awareness about breast cancer and its symptoms.

Lots of love, peace and blessings to you too Anita.
HUGS!
Sabeena

Ana Isabel Paraguay
Apr 06
Apr 06

Hello there.
Please visit this call and pass it along; https://www.worldpulse.com/community/users/anaisabelbbp/resources/94818
Best.