A silver lining during cloudy times
Being diagnosed with a serious illness it doesn’t just affect the young adult, but their loved ones too. Here Noreen and Imran share their experience of a serious illness.
"My husband and I both worked and our whole focus was on our two young girls, aged three and five. We were a close knit family, visiting our extended family whenever we had the time.
When I was diagnosed with uterine cancer I could not believe that it was happening to me. I had always been a healthy young lady who was full of life. But cancer turned our lives upside down.
The greatest support throughout my journey has been my husband, Imran. He has been with me every step of the way. When I received my diagnosis life stopped for both of us. I knew my Special Day would be as much for him as it was for me, a chance for us to be able to spend some quality time together, as husband and wife.
Going to Bath for my Special Day was simply perfect, a dream come true. We saw so much and created life long memories. I wanted to give Imran the opportunity to talk about what we had gone through before we put everything behind us and started to look towards the future. I brought a letter with me that I had written to Imran to explain how I was feeling about everything, to help him to understand and most importantly thank him for everything that he has done for me.
Since my treatment we have both been able to return to work part-time and although we will not be able to fulfil our dream of growing our family we are lucky and I am happy for everything that we have. While I was ill I could not stop thinking that I had so much, yet I did not appreciate it. My illness has changed all of that and I now fully appreciate everything and everyone. I enjoy every day and spend as much time with Imran and my girls as possible."