Najwa detected a strange mass in her right
breast. She recalled that her sister died of breast cancer, so, immediately
visited the Women Health Center for an examination. It was confirmed that she
was in the early stages of breast cancer.
From day one the WHC supported Najwa
through individual counseling sessions and home visits where she received
psychosocial support from the psychologist.
At first, Najwa was reluctant and afraid
to start chemotherapy, but thanks to the advice of the psychologist, Najwa
overcame her fear. Najwa did not feel good about the changes in her body
following chemotherapy, especially the change in her appearance after losing
her hair. Her family and relatives kept reminding her of this, which made it
more difficult for her to accept.
At this difficult time the WHC enrolled
Najwa into the peer-to-peer sessions where she met with cancer survivors who
shared their experiences. She was advised to eat good healthy food and follow a
sports program in order to combat the side effects of chemotherapy.
In due course Najwa was able to cope with
her situation. She became more cheerful and was willing to talk about her case
to other women, family members and neighbors. She even referred some of them to
the WHC for an examination. One of these women was diagnosed with breast
cancer. Looking back at her experience with cancer, Najwa who lost hope at some
point, is now giving hope to other people through her active participation in
the peer-to-peer sessions.