My Hot Sweet Sticky Jalebi’s may I introduce to you a very brave young lady. Her name is Seema Jaya Sharma and is 34 years of age. As you can see she is a beautiful looking young lady. I have never met her, but recently came across her with her awareness video that she made and I was gagging to know more. (Well you know me!)
She sent me her video through private message on Facebook and immediately I was drawn to her. Not because I was looking at an Asian chic with no hair, more so because I played her video and she was so extremely full of life and positivity. According to her she is ‘no-one’ to be talking to you but man she has no idea who she is! She is someone that has taken a brave step forward to speak up about cancer and get rid of the myths. She is someone I now hugely admire.
Seema lives in Ilford in East London, and upon more questioning (well I had to find out right) she found out that she had breast cancer out of the blue. One day she tells me, she was playing with her little daughter and it was then she knew something was wrong. In her own words she says, “I found out by my daughter sitting on my lap and knocking my breast, it didn’t hurt but i’m quite an animated person and was trying to make her laugh so was like ‘arrgggghhhhhh u hurt me’ and i put my hand where she had bumped her head and felt the lump! Just like that! It’s CRAZY when I think about it!”.
She then went on to tell me more….
After being diagnosed she had the cancerous lump removed, and then her lymph nodes from under her armpit which helps to stop the cancer spreading. Unfortunately because her lump was too big, she eventually had to have her whole breast removed. After that she went through having sessions of chemotherapy, 18 herceptin sessions, tamoxifen, reconstruction surgery 6 months ago. Then it didn’t stop there. In her words she tells me she has to have “this big B*******D injection in her tummy for two years which will then make her go through menopause. What that do is it stops my body producing hormones, so I get all the hot flushes etc now” When I asked her how she is now and how she felt, she said, “Despite everything I don’t think I’ve ever been as happy as I am right now and not once have I ever said why me or been angry! Shit happens.”
Here are some pictures of Seema after all the above treatment…
Seema After Her Treatment…
Seema Jaya Sharma…
As you can see she still looks amazingly gorgeous! Why am I writing this blog? Because Seema and I want you to know that cancer is something that is spreading but is nothing to be afraid of . Back in the day nobody had heard of it and it was a huge deal when someone was diagnosed with. Especially within the Asian community. The minute anyone heard the word cancer it immediately meant DEATH to them. That is not the case. Seema is a cancer survivor and wants to send a message out to those individuals and their families that it is hard but it’s not something to be scared of. There is help and support out there and she would like to help those affected by creating awareness of cancer. I say, good on her. We need more people like this to take the cancer by it’s horns and combat it!
I am in no way, shape or form saying this is easy. It’s not. My Mamma (MUM) was diagnosed with breast cancer 5 years ago. I remember the day clearly. She was in India with me. When we had just arrived my sister insisted that my Mum go to hospital the next day as there had been lots of calls and the Doctors were keen to see her. I went in with her after what felt like an eternity, and the Doctor very kindly and gently told my Mum the news. They had found a lump in a routine mammogram and it needed to be removed immediately. Mum was due to go to the USA in a few weeks and kept going on about that and dealt with it like a soldier. Meanwhile the over-emotional not so strong me wept like a baby! It’s a long story and maybe we can go through the whole lot one day, but let’s just say my Seema reminds me of my Mamma. Both very strong and positive and happy to educate others so that it makes it easier for others.
I cannot imagine what Seema has gone through as my Mamma just had the radiotherapy and not the chemo. I was the one that used to change her dressings and see her in agony with the skin that was just peeling off with the burning. But we got through it and March this year she was cleared of cancer after her 5 year daily pill of Tamoxifen. But Seema is right although there is great NHS care out there, a lot of people fear the word CANCER and if they could see and meet people like Seema and my Mamma, I am sure it would put others at ease and help them in treatment and recovery.
Ok I’ve gone on a bit….sorry. Here is a recent video of Seema who just wanted to say a few things. I have decided to go meet her soon and will interview her on video, and hope to get that to you as soon as I can…..
Over to you Seema ji….
Seema you really are a true inspiration to me and I am sure others will agree. I am a giver up-per and after watching your video you made me feel that I can conquer all that I fear. Thank you very much for the inspiration. Cannot wait to meet you xxxx
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