It is my faith that life is in the hands of Allah who gave me the courage to fight cancer. In the winters of 2007 when I had returned from Hajj, I started feeling pain in my legs and backbone. I sought a number of treatments but nothing seemed to work and I was eventually bedridden. I lost my job that I had been doing since I obtained my masters degree in English Literature. An MRI report, then, raised the specter of cancer which was later reconfirmed through bone-marrow biopsy. Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma was what I had. My parents were shattered that their young daughter had such a deadly disease. What now and from where would we get the finances to support the treatment? We were helpless in face of this calamity. My parents were retired and now I had lost my job. It looked hopeless. I was determined to fight for my life and kept hoping against hope for a miracle that could save me. That miracle happened in the shape of Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital & Research Centre. To my great luck, I was accepted for treatment and that is how I met my oncologist Dr Neelam Siddiqui for the first time on October 17, 2007. She explained that under normal circumstances, Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma was treatable but my disease had progressed too far and she was not too hopeful. I requested her to start treatment without caring for the results. Money, she said, was not an issue here because like the majority of other patients being treated at the SKMT, my treatment was also done from the support of well-wishers of the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Trust. Dr Siddiqui suggested Bone-Marrow Transplantation for me which was done in 2008. I did come across some serious infections during that time but by the grace of Allah, I not only recovered from cancer but have also rejoined my job. I shall never forget my doctors, nurses and the staff at SKMCH who supported me through the most trying experience of my life. -SUMAIRA AKRAM, Rawalpindi, May 5.