For­mer re­al­ity TV chef has year to live

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NEW YORK — For­mer “Top Chef” Fa­tima Ali says she has a year to live.

The 29-year-old un­der­went surgery to re­move a tu­mor in Jan­uary. How­ever, Ali wrote Tues­day in an es­say for Bon Ap­petit that the “can­cer cells my doc­tors be­lieved had van­ished are back with a vengeance in my left hip and fe­mur bone.” Ali says her on­col­o­gist told her she has a year to live, “with or with­out the new chemo­ther­apy reg­i­men.”

She writes she used to dream of own­ing her own restau­rant. Now she has a grow­ing list of restaurants to visit and is “sketch­ing a plan” to eat her way through New York.

Ali says “ev­ery day is an op­por­tu­nity for me to ex­pe­ri­ence some­thing new.”

Ali ap­peared on Sea­son 15 of the Bravo series.

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