“A Letter To A Warrior – Nadia Jamil”

“A letter to a warrior – Nadia Jamil”     “If life were predictable it would cease to be life, and be without flavor.”    I woke up to a bright, sunny day and as i was just gazing out, enjoying the clear blue sky some black clouds came floating gradually making the sun hide…

“A letter to a warrior – Nadia Jamil”

 

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“If life were predictable it would cease to be life, and be without flavor.” 

 

I woke up to a bright, sunny day and as i was just gazing out, enjoying the clear blue sky some black clouds came floating gradually making the sun hide into them, taking command and changing the bright morning to a cool, breezy weather all set to rain.

Not that i did not enjoy this sudden change as every black cloud there is an ever-shining sun! Clouds come floating into my life from other days no longer to shed rain or usher storm but to give colour to my sunset sky. It is then when sipping my warm coffee i realized that this is how life works, life surely has its own plans set by Allah Almighty and all we can do is embrace the change as it unfolds.

My experiences remind me that it’s those black clouds that make the blue skies even more beautiful.

I sat down to pen a letter to a warrior and all i could think of the very moment was our favorite actress Nadia Jamil.

Her career has been full of great projects which made her mark her own position in the industry as a great actor and host!

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I'm lucky I managed 2 find my cancer stage 1,even if it is a grade 3 tumour. Being diagnosed w cancer is different 4 everyone who goes through it,but 4 all of us,life changes. In South Asia there is a huge stigma around the conversation of #breastcancerawareness Time 2 own ones body,take responsibility 4 ones health & be vigilant. If an abnormal lump is felt 1 should then act fast. Nowadays due 2 COVID cases I was told my surgery may be delayed,by 6 months,though the gp & surgeon both felt it was important. At first my heart sank.Then within a few hours acceptance sank in. There was nothing I could do but wait. Less than a week after diagnosis my surgeon called. They had a slot 4 this weekend! It really did feel like a miracle! Im so grateful 4 the wonderful doctors & nurses of the NHS & their supportive care,especially during this time of extreme difficulty 4 everyone. Tomorrow is my surgery. I dont know what this cancer holds 4 me. 2be honest there is an uncertainty that comes w cancer. The sooner 1 settles in2 the uncertainty, the easier it all becomes. Im new 2 this but I have always known what only becomes even clearer now, live in the moment. The past is over, the future hasn't happened yet, the present is where home is. I thank Allah 4 the strength of my children,the love of my friends & the peace in my heart. Sometimes i feel very tired w this new treatment they started me on a few days ago & the overwhelming changes I am confronted w. When i feel tired, I rest. Sometimes I feel fear & a wave of panic. Then I cry a little. When it passes I settle into my life. Alhamdolillah no cancer can take away your spirit. Gratitude is a gift that keeps a smile in your spirit. I learned how 2 smile from some great teachers. Children. Some who have survived the most brutal physical,emotional traumas. All who love 2 smile. I learn resilience from trees,patience from the soil, fluidity from the clouds & contentment from animals. Baby steps. Keep me in your prayers. You are in mine. Love …your Nado Jamil

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Dear Friends and Family, Thank you all for your prayers. They are working and every day post surgery I feel less pain. Radiation and hormone therapy continue and I'll find out if I need chemo on the 20th based on the lymph node biopsy. I have limited time on the phone so dont always get to speak to those I want to, but… Some cool things I have learned during #cancer in the #covid era are: Your prayers work. Your love is powerful. The trees don't stop healing me for a second. Fresh fruits and veggies keep me more energised. Red meat I keep away from, it fatigues my body and spirit. Alkalining water with fresh cut cucumber and lemons gives it ionising properties. Drink lots of it! Hydrate! Don't eat too much. If your too full it will interfere with your prayer and meditation during prayer. Collecting things is a messy job… Collect deep breaths, smiles and love instead and spread more of it all back. Seclusion is a beautiful thing. It leads to silence. Silence leads to a deeper connection with Allah & Allah's Universe. Silence will connect you to your self and then a truth far larger than your self, The Source Energy of all creativity. This is a beautiful moment. Now. The past is over, the future may never happen. Home is always only in the present moment. Let yourself laugh. People who make you laugh, things that make you smile, anything, anyone that fills you with gratitude, is a gift … be content with them and in yourself. Be kind. Learn compassion from animals and resilience from children. Speak up for the vunerable and be part of the solution not the problem. There is only one definitive we are all born with, death. The time between our birth and death is happening as you read this word…make the most of it. And please believe me when I say I love you and belong to you always, Yours Nado Jamil

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She has been fighting since long with seizures and now is battling with breast cancer since April, 2020. The positive energy and strength she has been radiating while being ill and undergoing chemotherapy has been inspirational and ray of hope to all those suffering from the  disease.

It is known that any disease but  specifically cancer brings along alot of depression and stress but being hopeful in that time is what Nadia Jamil is teaching us all through her social media accounts.

Her smiling face is what helping her fans to stay positive and thank Allah Almighty for all the blessings that they have and all the hardships even that have brought them close to Allah!

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Over 25 years ago I met Rain at college and we decided we would be sisters for life. Today as I battle one of the worst days fighting #chemotherapy Unable to eat or even lift my head to drink water, I cannot help smiling. I still have my amazing sister in my heart and in my life. Rain shaved her head with me, in solidarity, and looking at her clear, deep, blue eyes I thank God for her love and friendship. For all the conversations and for everything we have been through in our separate lives. The grief, the joy. Here we are so many years later, survivors. Without our hair our faces shine out…nothing hidden…and I must say I like what I see. Two sisters. Empowered. Loving, giving…with honesty, sincerity and strength in our faces. Many people have wept after seeing my bald head, I wonder why.. I must say, I rather like the shape of it. People throw ideas at me of how I can hide it, scarves, hats, wigs… when all I want to do is feel it under my hands and get to know my face and head better, the face and head I hid behind my mane of hair. And me…I'm getting to know me, slowly. I'm getting to heal me…very slowly…I'm learning now to be stronger. How to say no, how to make boundaries, how to protect myself, and how to love myself. My work waits for me. The children, my inspiration, the little hero's and survivors I have worked for all my life wait for me. They will get a far more stronger and more empowered Nado. InshaAllah Creativity waits for me. Love waits for me. Energy, passion, activism, being a voice, hope, change all wait for me. But for now…I have to try and get this stewed apple down my throat. This too is living and surviving. One day at a time na. And I have such beautiful companions by my side! My siblings, my loves, my Nico, my friends…my Ma.. You all know who you are… Thank you. Thank you so much! Alhamdolillah 🙏 #perspectives #healing #beautifulsisters

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Some of her diy face masks are our favorite and love how she wants to keep her herself updated and not to stop living.

Her adorable day to day fun stories with the doctors and nurses will give you all an exta boost for all those thinking they are having a bad day or a rough patch in their life.

 

Nadia’s motivating every day stories regarding her treatment have been a source of immense hope, radiating a feeling of courage making us realize what wonders having faith on Allah alone can do!!

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The angels on call at the #NHS Raquel and me at #Addenbrooks Hematology Clinic… She held my hand talked sense to me and cried with me. I've always been scared of #Cancer. Especially after seeing my grandfather, Nani, and father suffer through it, but I did think I would be braver, in any circumstance, than I am feeling now. The fear is tangible and real of this cancerous creature that can come back and eat my life up, anytime. Cancer is scary but Chemotherapy is insane. I remember the days leading up to the decision and wonder if I would make a different one knowing what I know now about its effects. Days afterwards and I'm parched like a dry leaf. No amount of water hydrates me. Quite Interesting. If you step out of yourself and watch it all, it's surreal. You can feel your body drying up. The organs, skin, hair, everything parched. The weakness is also another level. But today I had to cook for Chotu and made some qeema and pushed myself to help Ami around the house and then flopped down in wonderment at how fragile the body is. My battle is dual. I have to slowly strengthen this body and also find the strength in my mind and Imaan. This is where I need my mind to be stronger than ever and it's never been weaker. It's scared. And hurt. And a little bewildered. A beloved friend told.me yesterday that I can be a child. It's true. An annoying one at times, a sweet one at times 🙂 But I also know that within me is a woman who has survived a lot and she will slowly piece me back together again. Leaving behind the bits of the puzzle I don't need anymore. I am my responsibility. And I'm blessed to have you all …. So many of you loving me through this crazy time. I value your love so much. It's like stars lighting up a dark sky. (Don't roll your eyes ) Nadia Jamil overcame many of her fears years ago…new ones challenging her now.. I feel she's a bit broken and a new strong clearer picture of her is "becoming" through this breaking apart and putting back together … again I look forward to seeing who emerges. #rebirth #becoming #lettinggo #learning #cancerfighter #igetbywithalittlehelpfrommyfriends

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It is surely not easy to go through such painful procedures, everytime such painful procedures take away some positivity away from you. It is just not the patient who under goes the procedures, it is wach and every family member who mentally and emotionally feels the equal amount of pain.

 They say  a bond between a mother and her daughter is beautifully wrapped with love as seen here  when Nadia’s mother travelled all the way to meet  her ignoring all risks of the coronavirus.

She thanks all her fans for all the support not making her feel alone at any time during her chemotherapy. We wish this warrior a speedy recovery and may she get to stay this calm and positive always! Amin!

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Had to share a new pic with such good news! Doc just visited. All the meds they have been pumping into me worked rather well and rather fast. Sugar under control from 35 its gone to an 11.. Fever under control.Hest infection under control. Heart behaving. The MRI results for blood clot in lungs clear!!! This leaves me only with sepsis in the blood which the antibiotics are working on. So allllll is well. What a battle its been. But uphill from here! InshaAllah. The nurses googled me and couldn't believe those pictures were of me… I had a good laugh with them. Did I feel bad they kept saying I 'was' beautiful? Nope. I thought I looked OK then and I think I look strong, vulnerable and OK now. I like what I see. Do I miss my hair, eyebrows and eyelashes. Yup. But am I going to rock my bald head, eyelashless eyes and browless face. Yup. Going to rock it with a smile that hasn't changed. Self esteem is a weird battle. When it's low not only do you battle with your self but you allow the unkindness of others to effect your self. Intent. Be kind to myself. Intent. Radars up. Radars are important. As I'm learning boundaries, I'm learning about using my radar or spidey sense as Chotu calls it. Thank you for standing by my ramblings, my fears and my ups and downs. What an adventure its been. Love Nado #gettingbettereveryday #healthiswealth🌳💰💯 #igetbywithalittlehelpfrommyfriends❤️

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“Jab jab dard ka baadal chhaya

Jab gham ka saya lehraaya

Jab aansoo palkon tak aaya

Jab yeh tanha dil ghabraaya

Hum ne dil ko yeh samjhaya

Dil aakhir tu kyun rota hai?

Duniya mein yun hi hota hai

Yeh jo gehre sannate hain

Waqt ne sabko hi baante hain

Thoda gham hai sabka qissa

Thodi dhoop hai sabka hissa

Aankh teri bekaar hi nam hai

Har pal ek naya mausam hai

Kyun tu aise pal khota hai

Dil aakhir tu kyun rota hai” – Farhan Akhtar. 

 

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