Literary Nonfiction. Memoir. CHOOSING HOPE: ONE WOMAN. THREE CANCERS. is the story of how Munira Premji battled three advanced cancers: Stage 4 non-Hodgkin lymphoma, Stage 3 multiple myeloma, and Stage 3 breast cancer, within a period of five years. Written as a series of anecdotes based on entries from a blog the author started shortly after her first diagnosis—when her focus was simply on surviving—it tells an inspirational story about resilience, courage, and hope in the face of overwhelming odds. It explores and shares the author's experiences at home, in the community, and in hospitals, revealing with utter honesty and catching humour her moments of utter darkness and light, of intense pain and blissful but precarious relief. CHOOSING HOPE captures the psychological, physical, and emotional trauma of a cancer diagnosis and treatment.
Munira Premji was born in Moshi, Tanzania, at the foot of Kilimanjaro. After finishing high school in Tanzania, she immigrated to Canada in 1979, where she attended York University in Toronto and met her husband Nagib. She is a human resources practitioner and executive coach, consulting on organizational effectiveness and leadership development. She has two children and lives with her husband in Toronto.Author City: TORONTO, ON CAN