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A new month means a new neighbour for everyone to meet! This March, I'm pleased to introduce you to Yasmin, better known on our community as Yasmin007. Here's a bit about Yasmin, who answered our Meet your Neighbour questionnaire. 

Hi there! My name is Yasmin and I am a cancer survivor. I was diagnosed with A.L.L. when I was fourteen, and underwent a bone marrow transplant at fifteen.

Me after the bone marrow transplant

Today, almost nine years post-transplant, I can say that although my experience with cancer has been an arduous one, it has also been the catalyst to immense spiritual and emotional growth. It forced me to acknowledge the most important things in my life, and to be present in every moment with my family, friends, and myself. It made me a stronger, more compassionate person, because I learned that I could overcome anything – regardless of whether or not I recover physically. It also opened my eyes to futility of a lot of every-day concerns, and in a sense, liberated me from becoming too taken up with problems that, in the grand scheme of things, don’t matter. So I can say today that I am grateful for this experience, because I believe that if it wasn’t for getting cancer in the first place, I would be on a much different path and would not be the person that I am today!

Me after my first chemo treatment

Q: Did you get any “words of wisdom” that inspired you, that helped you through your cancer journey?
 The words of wisdom that kept me going through this whole experience were:

“Our minds are powerful tools – we can overcome anything to accomplish our dreams if we truly believe in that power. Dynamic people have fueled their desires with what seemed to others as insurmountable obstacles.” This was written to me by a dear friend of mine, and it stuck with me through that whole time, and continues to today.
Q: What is one thing you want everyone to know about having cancer?
If there’s one thing I want everyone to know about cancer, it’s that it gets better. Right when you’re in the middle of it, it can feel hopeless and emotionally debilitating at times, but these feelings are totally normal, and you won’t always feel this way. I mentioned in a forum that the experience is synonymous to a metaphorical heartbreak- you may feel depressed, alone, and disoriented from losing someone, namely yourself. But with time, the pain fades, and you become an even stronger and more confident person from knowing that you overcame it! So don’t worry about getting to that place now – allow yourself to feel everything you are feeling, and know with certainty that you will get to this point!
Q: And now, for the all-important question everyone is asking. If you could choose a superhero power, what would it be?
If I could have any superpower, it would be to fly. I would then fly above the oceans and mountainous ranges and take in their beauty. I would also never have to be late to anything ever again!


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