Meet The Lion-Hearted Pakistani-American Chef Looking Death In The Eye

Former Top Chef Season 15 contestant and Pakistani-American Chef, Fatima Ali is making headlines for simply being the courageous woman she is, and using that courage to look death in the eye while aspiring to ‘live her best life’ after having been diagnosed with a terminal cancer.

Fatima has been informed that she has only 1 year left to live because of the cancer that has invaded her body, and to that this is what she has to say:

A cloud of death is following me. It’s followed me all the way to the first class lounge at LAX. I have never flown anything but basic economy on a domestic flight, but my illness has forced me to upgrade my life,”
wrote the 28-year-old.
Her words, moving and haunting, shed light on this reality we seem to ignore.

It’s funny, isn’t it? When we think we have all the time in the world to live, we forget to indulge in the experiences of living. When that choice is yanked away from us, that’s when we scramble to feel.”
“They think I’m brave, but really, I’m not. I’m scared. I suspect I won’t last very long. There’s a faint feeling deep inside my gut like a rumble of passing air, ever expanding and filling slowly until, one day, I’ll pop,” she goes on.

Fatima concludes the heart wrenching essay stating:

“I was always deathly afraid of being average in any way, and now I desperately wish to have a simple, uneventful life.”

Being diagnosed with such a disease, at the prime of your youth and career, and after having been told you are safe from the wrenching hands of cancer, is hard. Fatima was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma, a type of bone and soft tissue cancer in 2017 with doctor’s pronouncing her free of cancer in February 2018. However, the chef revealed earlier this month that her cancer had returned with her days being numbered, and yet she continues to be an incredible example for all others out there who can empathize with her sentiments. She is indeed a brave woman and we can only wish for her to continue to live through with the same brevity.


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