Compared to other countries, Saudi Arabia remains closed as far as having Saudis open up and speak both candidly and frankly about disease. However, this is not the case of young Saudi man, Hamza Iskandar.
Hamza was born with physical challenges and demonstrated from early on that he was a fighter and would not let any physical ailments get the best of him. He was born with a congenital heart defect and had his first open heart surgery at the age of six. He was determined to show everyone that in spite of physical challenges, his life would be normal.
Based on his attitude, he actually seems more than normal. In my eyes, he is a motivational hero. He overcame the challenges and multiple operations to his heart only to be diagnosed in his third year of studies with Stage 3 cancer.
While most Saudis do not speak out about cancer and its trials and tribulations, Hamza is a passionate activist wanting to sensitize and inform others. He is presently in the United States where he is receiving treatment, a combination of chemotherapy and radiation. I’ve been there and I can relate to the strength and fortitude that Hamza displays. To be honest, I’m still there as I continue my own battle with Stage 4 cancer.
However, Hamza’s motto is to “Fight cancer with a smile.” He shares how his cancer has brought him closer to God, his religion and his family. After the initial shock of his diagnosis, he views his cancer as yet one more challenge he must overcome.
God Bless you, Hamza. I do believe you will overcome this challenge as you have repeatedly demonstrated how strong you are. American Bedu encourages all readers to post comments of encouragement to Hamza as he continues his battle and is willing to share his journey with others.
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