Earlier this month, actor Nadia Jamil shared that she was diagnosed with breast cancer. The actor took to social media to share the news that was met with best wishes and prayers.
Nadia has since been updating fans and followers of her untiring journey and how she has been dealing with this massive change. In a recent Instagram post, the Behadd star shared her journey so far from battling cancer.
"There is so much more to me than being a woman with cancer.
I'm an actor, teacher, mother, child protection worker, and a student.
But after ones cancer diagnosis, life shifts suddenly into pre-cancer and post-cancer eras," she stated.
The actor went on to emphasise the importance of getting the diagnoses as early as possible.
"This is only possible if we have body awareness," she went on. "My lump was a grade three tumour growing fast and it was very near my lymph nodes. During my surgery, the amazing doctors took my sentinel lymph nodes out for a biopsy. I find out the result on the 20th (pray for me!)."
Nadia added that she will have to resort to chemotherapy if the cancer had spread.
"My lump didn't come upon any mammogram. It came upon the ultrasound, because of the weird place it's in. So ladies, sisters, when you do your own breast examination please don't forget the area under your arm and your armpits. Learn how to do a self-examination," the actor continued.
Nadia added due to her self-examination, her cancer was caught at the first stage.
Commenting on how she has been handling her health, the Damsa actor shared, "As for me... I have my good days, full of sunshine and love, and when I feel a bad day coming on I drag myself back to the present moment and remember Allah is Samad. Every cell of mine is full of the divinity I pray to. I read, listen to my favourite surah, hear a new audiobook - Bill Bryson's The Body rocks! Or stare at the clouds and trees. Watching nature documentaries and videos also mesmerises me."
She also added that while she might have had good days, there are days when she is weak.
"There are days I cry. And there are times I'm scared. There are days I don't want to have to deal with a disease that might take my life or keep me in hospitals," she wrote. "On those days I remind myself the ONLY truth we are born with is death. I then proceed to immediately treat myself to my new cacao niblet almond date balls and a chick flick."
She thanked her fans, colleagues and followers for the prayers.
"Thanking you from all my heart for all the love and laughs you share with me. Here's to birdsongs and flowers, trees and rain, walks in monsoon and munchies with movies. Here's to our friendship and making memories," Nadia concluded.
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