Uzma was an astute observer of human emotions and behavior — her own and others’. Between her diagnosis of breast cancer in 2013 and her death in 2019, Uzma wrote prolifically. Her writing was incisive, irrespective of whether she was writing to inform, persuade, amuse, or vent. She found the words to express what many of us could not. She shone a light on feelings that, but for those apt words and her willingness to say it as it is, would have remained hidden and unexamined.
As I am going through things she left us, I find writings that are clearly drafts that she meant to publish after working on them. They are in various stages of completion. I will post on this blog, under her byline, those drafts that are complete enough to hold their own. I may add commentary or other notes and adjust formatting for the sake of clarity and more comfortable reading. But I will not otherwise edit her words. I didn’t edit her words when she was alive and won’t do it when she is gone. If you do add words in the main body of her unpublished work, I will indicate clearly which words are mine.
Sometimes I come across her blog posts on other sites or Facebook post that can stand on their own. I will copy some of those selected writings into this blog to have a redundant mechanism of keeping them and finding them. When I do this, I will make keep any title she wrote for the post. I will create titles for her untitled posts when I put them on this blog. I will indicate the original date of the piece when I add it to Uzma’s blog. Though Uzma wrote only about breast cancer and related things on this blog, some of this material from other places will be about breast cancer, but this blog will allow all of it to be saved in one place. I hope, you, her readers, will be okay with that.