Rabia to share in­spi­ra­tional story

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - South Perth -

WAR crimes and ter­ror­ist pros­e­cu­tor, in­ter­na­tional hu­man­i­tar­ian, hostage sur­vivor and mother of triplets, Rabia Sid­dique (be­low) is the guest speaker for Can­cer Sup­port WA in April.

The South Perth-born for­mer Army of­fi­cer has bat­tled abuse, dis­crim­i­na­tion, chronic health prob­lems and trauma and she wants to use her ex­pe­ri­ences to pro­mote pos­i­tive think­ing in can­cer sur­vivors.

Rabia said she de­cided to vol­un­teer as a guest speaker for Can­cer Sup­port WA af­ter see­ing many fam­ily mem­bers and friends battle can­cer.

“I think can­cer is some­thing that has touched nearly every­body, my hus­band was di­ag­nosed in 2006 with se­ri­ous melanoma and even­tu­ally got the all-clear in 2011,” Ms Sid­dique said.

“I also lost a cou­ple of very good friends to can­cer. In fact, my grand­mother was di­ag­nosed with breast can­cer and had a mas­tec­tomy in the 1930s – it was a very early case and the mem­ory of what she went through had an im­pact on me as a child.

“When I was asked to come along to speak to the peo­ple of Can­cer Sup­port WA I thought if I can do any­thing to em­power or in­spire them in some way, then that is my role.”

Ms Sid­dique has been de­scribed as an op­ti­mist, a bat­tler with a com­mit­ment to equal­ity and jus­tice and she plans to share some of her more per­sonal sur­vival sto­ries with her au­di­ence.

“I am go­ing to share a lit­tle bit about my story and my per­sonal per­spec­tive on how I over­came trau­mas. I have suf­fered ill health in the past so I know first-hand the im­por­tance of pos­i­tive think­ing. “In my early 20s I was di­ag­nosed with Lu­pus and was very ill for a few years and when I came back from Iraq I had post trau­matic stress dis­or­der so I learnt a very im­por­tant les­son about not be­ing afraid to ask for help,” she said.

■ Ms Sid­dique is also a key­note speaker at a State aged care con­fer­ence at Joon­dalup Re­sort on March 26 and 27. For in­for­ma­tion call 9389 1488 or 9244 8233.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.