Monday, June 27, 2011

I'm ok...

As salam to all,

Many of my readers are wondering what's going on with me because there has been no new posting for quite a while..yes, i do realize that...and i'm sorry. Wish i could provide a good reason for that but honestly i don't have one. Its just plain laziness..!!!

The thing is I'm doing very well. A few weeks ago I had a ct scan done and all is well..nothing peculiar came up. My doc was very happy and she said that I'm one of the lucky few oral cancer patients. Most oral cancer patients like me who were diagnosed around the same time have been long for them..may their souls rest in peace and placed among those who are blessed by Allah.

Last month I attended a video training course organised by Panasonic Malaysia Kid's Witness News along with 2 students. It was fun. My students learnt a lot. Me, I was quiet most of the time. A bit skeptical to open my mouth. Not many participants were aware of my situation. Then, came the last day, where every teacher had to say something about the whole course. When, it was about to be my turn to speak, my student, Asif, offered to speak on my behalf. He said, "teacher, just write down what you want to say and I'll say it for u". Now, being his teacher, how could I let him do it for me. It was my pride, u see. My pride as a teacher. I thought to myself, heck...I've spoken in front of a bunch of doctors before. Why can't I do it now..So, I said, "No, Asif, I'll do it myself..hand me the mic, please. Thank you so much for being concerned".

Then, I took the mic and started speaking. I couldn't care less if they had a hard time understanding me. It was their problem, not mine. I told everyone what happened to me since 2008 and explained why I sound different. They said that they could understand me very well. And after that, some of them came to me and said how sorry they were about what I had gone through. I said that, I'm ok..thank God. I'm still thankful that I'm able to do things just like before despite what had happened.

And last week, I had the pleasure of training our school debate team which I never thought would happen. For a very long time, I had this feeling that such kind of thing is just out of my league...

Bye, for now, with lots of love,



megan said...

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Anonymous said...

Sharifah, Your visit alerted me to visit your blog which had been left neglected for some time. I would have mailed to enquire how things were but I do not have your email address. Would you care to mail ? I am glad all is well. Salaam to you.
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Anonymous said...

Hey I saw ur posts.Hats off to you for fighting with cancer so bravely.My father has been diagnosed with oral cancer and he is undergoing chemotherapy treatment. As a result of it, he has got mouth sores and he is not able to eat or drink properly.So,it would be of great help if you let me know about how to heal the mouth sores.

liz said...

Hi Sharifah,
My name is Liz and I have been following your blog for the last few months. It was so nice to see your recent post, you have not blogged for a while and I hoped it was because things were going well and not the other way. Congratulations on your speech at the video training session. I am happy to see that you are taking control of your life again, I hope you are feeling well and are enjoying your life and family.
That said, since your blog is a great resource for someone going through cancer I wanted to reach out to you to see if you were interested in a new online social support network (that I am the community manager of!) called I Had Cancer. It is a new and free social support network focused on connecting people based on experiences with cancer so that they can easily communicate with one another and share information. I would love to tell you more if you are interested, so please let me know! Because I was so struck by your writing I would love to send you an early-access pass with extra invites for others you may know going through this journey.

Either way, thank you so much for your writing. Take care and best regards. If anyone would like information on I Had Cancer please email me.

Wau Kite said...

Salam. Am glad to know that you are OK. If you are, I am OK too. Enjoy your life to the utmost. Allah luvs you.

Dr. Swill said...

Hello my friend,

I am so happy to hear your are living life well. You are an inspiration to many. I hope you continue your upward climb.

I am well, also living life and not posting as often on my blog. Not much to say about cancer. I had a little set back last month but it was minor due to some metal left in my neck from surgery 4 years ago. I was part of the doppler wire that was left in my neck and worked it's way into an artery. All better now...and a minor event considering what I went through.

I'm so glad you are well!

Peace B

Sharifah Rashidah bt. Syed Ahmad said...

Hi Brian,

So nice to hear from u again.. and so glad to learn that u are ok as well.
I know that u are very busy..
Really miss your writing Brian..


Sharifah Rashidah bt. Syed Ahmad said...

Dear Anon,

Sorry for taking sometime to respond to your question. I was quite fortunate because I didn't suffer from mouth sore that much. However, perhaps he could try to gargle a solution of salt and sodium bicarbonate...

Hope that helps.



Thanks for the invitation. Yes, I'd love to participate..pls email me at

Take care..


Anonymous said...

Hello there!
I am a student at the University of St Andrews, Scotland and I am currently doing a research project on the role of online blogs for individuals impacted by cancer. I was wondering whether I could talk to you about your opinions.

Please email me back if you would like to.
Thanks in advance :)

Dr. H said...

Salam Sharifah, selamat Hari Raya, Maaf Zahir dan Batin ya

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