In 1980, I was diagnosed with Cancer of the Larynx. After a long flight with the ‘Big C’, in 1990 I lost my voice box became depressed and suicidal. Struggling to find some light at the end of my own personal tunnel, I realised that we all have a choice: give-up or carry-on. I chose to carry-on and make a difference with my ‘Second Life’ and after learning to speak again using a silicon valve instead of a voice-box, I started working with charity organisations in Brent to help my local community.
Facing death changes a person and after recovering from cancer, depression and a coma, my perspective and outlook have changed too and I decided to only spend my time doing those heartfelt things that truly matter to me and make a difference because I consider my time now, to be a true miracle and a gift. A gift I have chosen to use to improve the quality of life of the elderly in Brent. Therefore in 2010, after realising that many elderly are isolated at home and lonely, I set up this association to give them a safe place to enjoy life, make new friends and learn new skills because we are never too old.
People often say I’m brave and ask what drives me. The truth is I’m not brave, but simply realised that courage doesn''t mean being fearless, it means believing in what you are doing and getting on despite that fear. To stay positive and remember that there is not only that ''light’ at the end of the tunnel, but there is hope too, if you look carefully enough. This is my message of hope to the community. Remember that no-matter how difficult life feels sometimes, don’t give up.
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