I Am More Than My Hair….

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On Sunday,  I sensed, rather than felt, my hair separate from my scalp.  I was in bed and stayed very still hoping that if I didn’t move, my hair would stay intact.   I woke up gingerly and took the courage to look at myself in the mirror.  Relief!  Hair was on top of head. … Continue reading



Last night, my Mum snuck into my bed at midnight to wish me happy birthday.  Yesterday, I turned 24 years old.  As she held me in her arms, she told me how she was proud of the person I had become.  It was only a few years ago that we lay curled up beside each … Continue reading

Endings and Beginnings

Whenever I am asked about my job, I beam!  I simply have the best job in the world. For the past year and a half, I have worked as a consultant with Sanofi, one of the world’s leading healthcare and vaccine companies, dedicated to saving lives.  My role is Head of of Organizational Development for Canada and the scope … Continue reading

When I grow up, I want to be my Mommy.


Yesterday was Navroz – the mark of a new year and the first day of spring.  As is customary in the Premji household, new beginnings are opportunities to set resolutions.  Gym memberships and eating plans seem trivial.  And learning to cook more than a peanut butter sandwich just doesn’t seem to be a priority anymore.  … Continue reading

Chemotherapy: A carefully concocted cocktail of drugs

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Monday, March 12, 2012 – Toronto. Woke up this morning with a sense of cautious optimism. Today is chemo day. Spent the next few minutes in bed with Nagib offering prayers to the four blood donors that have kept me alive.  Asked God to help us make it through today with courage and resilience and … Continue reading

My Superheroes

Though they may not wear tights and a cape, nor have their initials plastered to their chest, there are four extraordinary superheroes who have come into my life. Dr. Almas Adatia. Superpower: Persistence. In December, I noticed I was tired and needed more sleep than usual.  I went to my Family Doctor, Dr. Adatia, who … Continue reading

The Magical Hat

Munira and the Magical Hat

There are two types of people in this world – one who can wear hats, and the other who can’t.  Unfortunately, my Mum fits into the latter.  For years, we have tried to find a hat that likes her –from baseball caps at Jays games, to visors on beach vacations, to Santa hats at Christmas … Continue reading

A Day of Miracles

Thursday March 8th, 8pm, Toronto General Hospital. My Dad, my brother Shayne, and I were crouched around my Mum’s hospital bed in the Emergency Room, reciting our evening prayers together. The mood behind curtain #15 was sombre and still – a change from our normal Premji positivity – interrupted only by muffled cries of sadness.  … Continue reading

The last 5 weeks.

When I heard the word cancer, my first thought was that I had limited time and needed to get everything organized right away in case I ran out of time. Within two days of my diagnoses, I got hardwood floors put in the entrance, kitchen and family room.  They look stunningly beautiful by the way! … Continue reading

I will survive.

Dear Cancers: “Go on now go, walk out the door, just turn around now ’cause you’re not welcome anymore…Weren’t you the one who tried to hurt me with goodbye, you think I’d crumble, you think I’d lay down and die. Oh no, not I, I will survive, as long as i know how to love I know I will stay alive. I’ve got all … Continue reading


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