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Curry and Cancer

Life happens in the present but so often we let time pass by without us even noticing. Like a video game we hurry from one level to the next always searching for the next level up. Get good grades, get a good job, get a house, get a car, get a better job, a better house and so it goes on. Lives are lived one jump to the next and so often we are so busy thinking, worrying, planning and waiting for the future, we let the present slip away unnoticed. All the tomorrows we plan for are not guaranteed for any of us but what happens when it feels like the ground is crumbling beneath you and you have no choice but to pay more attention to the present. It takes great strength to ground yourself in the presence and Saima is a woman who emulates strength. Both physically from her gym training to the words that flow as she tells me of the past year. A year that has intertwined heart ache, love, devastation and living. Saima has endured the heartache of a miscarriage, the trauma of a diagnosis of Stage 4 non small cell lung cancer alongside an engagement and marriage. Saima is not to be pitied though. She does not need your sorrow. Saima is a strong woman living in the moment.

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