What’s your story so far to bring you to this point in life?
In our eyes, you’re a bit of a superhero… If you were Wonder Woman, fighting for your rights in your satin tights, what rights would those be?
For everyone to be at peace externally and internally
What would be your ideal superhero outfit?
Anything Beyonce pulls out the back of the wardrobe, I literally saw a lion outfit on her instagram and guess what… IT WORKS
What would be your tagline?
It’s not how long you live it’s how well you live
You have started the BAME Cancer Support . What cultural challenges have you faced since being diagnosed with lung cancer?
I have faced a lot of confusion, taboo and shame from family members being British Pakistani, cancer let alone illness is something that isn’t openly discussed in BAME communities hence the desperate need for awareness and support.
Search on facebook ‘BAME cancer support’ or ‘BAME cancer caregivers support’ both closed groups on Facebook
What do you love?
I love my family, food and the outdoors
What can’t you tolerate?
Timewasters, negative energy, bland food
What’s the best piece of advice you have been given?
Don’t try to understand what you can’t understand
Who holds your hand the hardest through darker times?
My husband Gareth is my soulmate
What would you say to your younger self to guide her, knowing what you know and what you’ve experienced?
I would tell little me that everything is going to be OK even when what’s percieved as ‘the worst’ has happened
What turned you to the Tonic CBD?
I have been trying different brands and so far The Tonic is something that has truly worked for me to help me with sleep, anxiety and pain management
Would you recommend it to others in similar situations as yourself and if so why?
Absolutely – it’s good to have some natural high quality remedies to counter any of the synthetic drugs you may be taking to treat chronic illnesses, lots of exciting studies and evidence are showing the wonders and effectiveness of CBD products and I’m here for it
Your family run award winning Masala Wala Cafe, serving up an ever changing and inspiring menu of Pakistani home cooking. What’s your go to dish/recipes for;
~ Comfort eating ~
Sabzi masala – any seasonal vegetables such as cauliflower, potato, peas anything you got going cooked in masala spices, this is home to me, the everyday dishes from my childhood, quick, affordable and nutritious.
~ Cleansing ~
Dal – lentils are packed with protein, vitamins and minerals, cooked in garlic, ginger & spices this is naturally cleansing but with lovely unforgiving flavours, my personal favourite lentil is channa dal – yellow split chickpea lentil
~ Pure glutony ~
Kofta Masala – no matter what culture you come from there is always a comforting meatball dish that makes you think of your mother and this one never fails to cheer me and my belly up!
Masala Wala Cafe