Join us on the Tuesday 26th Feb for a book reading from author Fi Munro about living well with stage 4 cancer and a talk from Saima Thompson the award winning owner of Masala Wala Cafe on how culture can impact on a cancer diagnosis.


Fi Munro 

Fi Munro (PhD) is an author, speaker and mentor. In 2016, while working as a researcher, she was diagnosed with stage four ovarian cancer. She was just 30 years old. In the months that followed, understanding her diagnosis, recovery and health became her full-time job as she dedicated her time to uncovering the possible causes of her cancer. Since then Fi has trained in yoga, reiki and crystal therapy; launched her own business; published a book about her journey; been featured in two BBC documentaries; and won multiple awards. Today she is healthier and happier than ever before and believes cancer saved her life. She is currently training to be a shaman and is excited for what the future holds. 

Saima Thompson

Saima Thompson runs a multi award-winning Pakistani restaurant Masala Wala Cafe in south London, an entrepreneur and thanks to a recent cancer diagnosis now writer and public speaker. After being diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer at 29 years old Saima’s life changed forever, now a cancer patient she is determined to bring her worlds of food and health together. Proving to herself and others that palliative care isn’t the end of living.

She suffered mentally after the news but through sheer determination she worked through life’s traumas with coping strategies and looks to carry the diagnosis with her and live well. Her focus has been to raise awareness in BAME communities as there is a total lack of conversation around disease let alone cancer, this is due to taboo and lack of education, integration especially with elders. Saima has written for Refinery 29, Huffington Post, Vice and featured in national campaigns for Macmillan Cancer support and Cancer Research UK. She has also guest co-hosted the BBC 5 podcast You me and big c speaking about the topic of culture and cancer and is currently working on a cookbook and tv projects.

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