Rabia to share inspirational story
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.