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Uzma Yunus

  • year of diagnosis: 2013
  • survivor years: 2 years
  • current city: Glenview, IL
  • type of breast cancer: Ductal, ER , PR positive, HER negative
  • profession: Physician
  • children: 2 (9 & 5)

About Uzma

Q&A

What is your idea of happiness?
My idea of happiness is a peaceful feeling within and being stress free. We are responsible for our own happiness and must look for it within rather than looking for others to make us happy.
When and where were you happiest?
Since I believe in creating my own happiness, I have many moments to recount but the births of my children have been the happiest. Second closest is marrying my husband followed by getting into medical school.
What is your biggest fear?
I feel that I have lots to offer to other survivors in terms of my experience and knowledge and that I may run out of time before I have given all that I have to give to others.
Who are your heroes in real life?
All women who fight stigmas of discrimination and illnesses and cultural boundaries and oppression are my heroes.
What do you most value in your friends?
I love friend who communicate openly and are honest about their feelings. Its easy to share things with such people.
Which talent would you most like to have?
I want to learn to how to dance.Growing up in a culture that does not encourage dancing, I never took to it. I hope to sign up for classes.
What is your current state of mind?
Mind is a mysterious place. My state of mind changes with the events around the world but I am mostly grateful for what I have and what I have accomplished. I aspire to give more every day as it bring me peace inside.
What is your most treasured possession?
My ability to articulate what I feel. It has been extremely useful in finding bliss among the storm of cancer. When I am able to write down how I feel, I cope better and maintain my emotional balance.
How do you most like spending your time?
I love reaching out to others via my writings and social media. I spend a lot of time writing back to those who reach out to me from all over the world telling me their cancer stories. It is mutually healing and satisfying.
Music relaxes me and I like to walk and clear my head of negative thoughts that creep in from others.
What do you most dislike?
People who want to be victims. Taking ownership of where life brought us is important. One cannot change life situations but one can look at things differently and find new meanings. I also don’t like unnecessary drama and negativity.
In your own words, what would you say to inspire or encourage someone
facing breast cancer right
now?
Acceptance is the key to moving forward in this journey. The quicker you accept that this is your life now, the easier this path will be. If you keeping looking in the rear view mirror, you are likely to run into more hurdles. Stay focused on your goals and don’t look back.
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