Anglee found she had stage 4 non-Hodgkin lymphoma in October final yr, after going to the physician about coronary heart palpitations and chest ache – though she was “not taken seriously” at first. Since then she has undergone chemotherapy, inflicting her to lose her hair, and was instructed in March she is in remission. But the 27-year-old, who’s from an Indian-Afghan background, recalled having to steer a “double life” on the time.
Speaking at a latest Macmillan panel occasion, she stated: “It’s quite a small community. They are quite closed minded.
“My mum also had cancer a few years ago and that was a big secret. Luckily she didn’t lose any hair so she was still out and about.
“In my community no young person has ever had cancer so I was asked to keep it a secret. I have two Instagram profiles, one where I talk about it, one where I don’t.”
She added: “The biggest reason in my community is if a girl has an illness they think you won’t get married.
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“But it’s a part of my life, it’s who you are – we need to embrace it.”
Following her prognosis and therapy Anglee determined to unfold the phrase about her situation and is now vying for the title of Miss Universe Great Britain so as to acquire a platform to take action.
“Recently, because I wanted to raise awareness, I told my parents it doesn’t matter if they find out because I’m not doing it for the people who are OK, I’m talking about it for the people who are not,” she defined.
“I’m sure other people have experienced it, they just don’t talk about it because you’re encouraged not to talk about it.
“That’s the thing I’m most grateful for.”
Non-Hodgkin lymphoma is a sort of most cancers that develops within the lymphatic system, which is a community of vessels and glands unfold all through your physique.
According to the NHS, the commonest symptom “is a painless swelling in a lymph node, usually in the neck, armpit or groin”.
However, different signs can embody night time sweats, unintentional weight reduction, a excessive temperature, emotions of breathlessness and protracted itching of the pores and skin everywhere in the physique.