My name is Uzma, I am a breast cancer survivor, physician, blogger and a mom. I was diagnosed with Stage 3 cancer on July 15th, 2013 and then again with Metastatic Breast Cancer in February 2016.
Why should you read my blog? ….I believe everyone has a story, a story worth telling and listening to. I listen to personal stories every day, in intimate detail, full of emotions and intensity. I listen to help others compose their stories through therapeutic connection. That is what I do for a living.
I heal through words and connection. Humans are designed to connect, if its lost or disrupted, depression sets in and everything grows dark , connections keep us brightly lit. As a psychiatrist I get that.
I thought I always did but not fully until the word “cancer” got tagged with my being. An illness that made me reach out into the depth of my soul and draw upon every ounce of professional skill, knowledge and wisdom. My story oscillates between a patient doctor and a doctor patient, two realms that are separated by blurry lines. With the cancer experience, I feel more authentic as a doctor , more graceful as a patient. I heal my patients and in turn they heal me in a cycle of mutual connection and resilience and this is my story.
All materials on this blog is copyrighted and you require permission to use contents of this blog.

Connect with me on Facebook on my page ” Uzma’s Blog, the breast cancer experience” or on Twitter @uzmamd


37 thoughts on “About

  1. Thank you for following me on Twitter. Your blog is new to me. I am living with metastatic breast cancer and I’m a retired PMHNP. I don’t see an e-mail subscription box, and I’d really like to subscribe and share your new posts on Facebook. Nice to meet you!

  2. I, too, am a doctor – gynecologist — now living with metastatic breast cancer. I’ve just found your blog and am enjoying it. Thanks for sharing.

  3. I just read your note on when you found out you had cancer and how you started looking at life differently and appreciate things in a different way. Thank you for that note, it was such a eye opener. As humans living in the western work so many times we feel like we’re entitled to everything. We get upset because our coffee takes too longs to make at Starbucks or we get annoyed at someone cutting the line at the grocery store. How truly fragile life is, what a beautiful gift this life is. Funny how one doesn’t contemplate on that until something happens that makes us realize we are not untouchable.

  4. Thanks for your blog and Facebook page. I too am a physician with breast cancer. As a radiologist, I’ve seen my share of imaging studies on all stages of breast cancer and I also knew exactly how to interpret the stats, the path and the reality. I’m back to work part time and realize I am a much better doctor now that I am also a patient. Much of what you write rings true to me.

  5. Such an inspiration!
    One’s soul is stronger than the body it is confined and it is free of any fear of life or death…..
    In my prayers……..

  6. Your honesty and bravery is amazing!! The blend of being a physician and patient will bring a different perspective to many

    Keep writing and I look forward to hearing how well you will do in the future !!

  7. Thank you for sharing your experiences of living with breast cancer. Your honesty is so valuable!

    Sorry that you are dealing with metastatic breast cancer now. To me , it makes it all the more remarkable that you choose to use your energy to help others cope.

    My 38 yr old daughter was diagnosed with Stage IV inflammatory breast cancer a year ago. The cancer has responded to treatment but as you know nobody talks about cure. This is very hard for me to accept. The last scans have shown that the tumors in her spine & liver are “stable”. Of course I’m thrilled at this news. But I have to ask, why should we accept stable? She has been off taxotere for 9 months due to repeated infections hospitalizations. She continues to get infusions of Herceptin & Perjeta. ( Her cancer is HER2 +)

    As a patient as well as a physician can you tell me whether or not it is helpful or unhelpful for me to push for other opinions such as the physicians at MD Anderson Inflammatory Breast Cancer Clinic in Houston? We have been consulting with Johns Hopkins whose current recommendation is to stay the course with the targeted therapies.

    I’d like to hear what you think. You should also know that my daughter had allowed me to be involved in every aspect of her care.

    Sorry for the lengthy comment!

    1. I am a big fan of second opinions. If nothing else, it leaves you with a feeling of ” I tried everything”. I am working on a post about getting second opinions. So sorry for what your daughter is dealing with.

  8. Hello Uzma, I read about your struggle with cancer, prayed a LOT for you last night, miracles do happen, God is greatest. I can understand your struggle, my son was 6 when I was diagnosed, he is my strength and weakness. I am ok now but when my 3rd nerve schonoma(one of the minor issues) flares up my sons universe hangs by a thread. You are in my prayers and we are spreading a word and sending you prayers, dua, positive vibes. I wish there was a way to be updated about your health. Hugs and Duas..

  9. Uzma thank you for writing and sharing your story. It’s amazing for you to be a patient and a doctor- it must be so helpful to your patients that you have more empathy and understanding to any condition. I am so disappointed in the way mets vs. early stage is so isolating. I spend my days with my non-profit trying so hard to unite all stages while trying to let early stagers and the public understand mets happens about 25- 30% breast cancer cases with some at diagnosis. Mets doesn’t care if you eat right, take great care, of yourself, exercise etc. Sending you love, light and hope. Hugs and xoxo- Susan

  10. Uzma .. I so appreciate your postings. I am a survivor of stage 4 ovarian cancer and work with cancer patients in my psychology practice. I also have a website http://www.NancysList.org. I would so appreciate your approval in posting some of your amazing posts, most particularly the last post “apologizing” about beating cancer. That was so heartfelt. Please check out my website and see if you think it is appropriate … with bylines by you, of course, leading to your blog.

  11. Hello Uzma

    Gosh, where do I start without using every cliché like “amazing”‘ ; “inspirational” and “awesome” to describe how I see you.
    But, you are all those things and more. Your words make a positive difference to people, some in your situation, some not, but the words you wrote has obviously touched and resonated with more than you probably know. I wonder how many people from around the world are being positively affected by your writings? (I’m from Australia)
    I also wanted to thank you for your blog and to sayI am VERY sorry you are having to deal with cancer.

  12. HI Uzma, I don’t know how to follow your blog, is there a sign up spot? I can always check in on FB or Twitter, but I’d also like to get your posts in my email……? Not sure how.

  13. Dear Uzma
    I came across your blog and have followed you sometimes on Facebook too .It just amazes me to see how very very strong you are .I pray for your health and I pray that you continue to live life to the fullest as you do now as well .you are an inspiration to all women in general as how should one face ordeals in life .When I look at your posts sometimes I think how do you manage to stay so positive and continue to live a normal life with all that you face .you are truly a very very strong woman .God bless you and your family .

  14. Thanks so much, Uzma, for your stories and your openness. I am dealing with Stage 4 metastatic BC and I get scanned every 12 weeks. I, too, try and share my story as often as I can so that people understand the reality of cancer, today. Blessings to you and hugs for all that you go through.

  15. Uzma – My daughter who just finished her chemo and radiation therapy sent me a link to your blog. I have never heard such brave and beautiful thoughts expressed out loud. Thank you for your honesty in bearing your journey and hurdles. Like her, you are a warrior regardless of what you may think. Any person battling this enemy is a hero and warrior. My heart goes out to you and your family.

  16. Hi-I finally have a day off work (!) and have been enjoying reading your blog. You ask that people request permission to use material on the blog. I am new to blogging (just started in December despite the June date on the first post), and so I’m not sure if I need to ask your permission to include a quote from one of your posts and include a link to your blog. I’m talking specifically about one line in your post “Chasing Life After Cancer”. Thanks!

    1. I would request to add a link to my blog if you wish to pass on my words to your readers. I have dealt with plagiarism and it feels wrong to see your words attributed to another. Thank you for your positive comments .

      1. Did you see it? (The blog is lovecommacancer.com and it’s the last entry) I don’t have any readers (yet?!), so please feel free to read any of my blog and provide feedback if you have time or the inclination. Thanks so much! Best to you! :0)

  17. Uzma, I have searched high and low online to find anyone else who has dealt with an Adriamycin allergy…your blog Ian the only thing I can find that even mentions it – 4 years ago. I would love to talk to you and see what your treatment plan ended up being! ❤

  18. Hi Uzma, I was diagnosed about a month after you and have been reading your blog since. I did link to one of your posts as it really resonated with me and I thought others should read it as well. I’m assuming that was ok since I linked right to your blog. You have an inspiring and amazing attitude!

    Prayers and Love

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