Tasneem Faridi

Tasneem Faridi

The author is an Advocacy Team Member at the New York City chapter of the National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum (NAPAWF* NYC). She writes about women's health and empowerment and loves engaging in a heated intellectual discourse. She tweets as @Tasfaridi (twitter.com/Tasfaridi)

It took me a real life experience to understand the importance of early diagnosis

It was the summer of 1999 when Pakistani cricket fans were eagerly hoping our cricket team would bring home the second World Cup from the Lord’s Cricket Ground in London. That night, I was not watching the hyped Australia versus Pakistan match in the comfort of my TV lounge or with my family and friends; rather I was watching it with my mother who was lying in a hospital bed, after undergoing a single breast mastectomy (which is the surgical removal of the entire breast in women). I remember my mother being in excruciating pain. I was too young to comprehend what ...

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