Seven Kings YouTube sensation who survived breast cancer launches friendship website
An inspirational breast cancer survivor, who became a YouTube sensation, is launching two websites to help unite people who have been through cancer too.
Seema Jaya Sharma, 35, of Pembroke Road, Seven Kings was diagnosed with breast cancer in October 2009 and has since had a lumpectomy, lymph nodes removed, mastectomy, chemotherapy, radiotherapy and reconstruction surgery.
She has made it her mission to offer support by launching a friendship site so people can talk to others who have been effected by cancer or who know someone who has.
She said: ”When I was diagnosed I found that everyone around me was upset and my family were asking why me, but I thought why shouldn’t it be me. I’ve never been negative about my condition.”
The mother-of-two decided to raise awareness by uploading a video of herself following her chemotherapy.
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“I thought, why can’t a person with only one breast and no hair try and find a companion and that’s when I started,” she said. “So I made a video about how I felt.”
Miss Sharma, who is now in remission, has received almost 22,000 hits.
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She said: “I’m setting up two websites: one for friends and family of cancer patients and one, of course, for the cancer patients themselves.
“When I was going thorough my treatment, my mum felt really isolated and wanted to speak to someone else who would understand. Family members are often forgotten.
“My best friend committed suicide 14 years ago after her mother died of cancer. If there had been something to help families through the loss then I think she’d still be alive today.”
Miss Sharma is also a Breast Cancer Care blogger and has been visiting schools raising awareness of the different types of cancer.
She said: “Despite everything I don’t think I’ve ever been as happy as I am right now. I know I can’t do anything to stop people dying but I can help them to enjoy life and be positive.”
Miss Sharma is organising a five-a-side football tournament on July 15 to raise money for her charity and is asking people to get involved.
n Contact her via Twitter @SeemaJayaSharma or Facebook, search Seema Jaya Sharma.