Frida, 39 years old, hails from the sunny land of Goa, India and moved to the UAE in 1996 with her husband Myron. They live in Dubai with their two lovely daughters Lysandra, 15 and Cheyanne 10. Frida is the youngest of two siblings. Ever since her childhood she was always a go getter with a very positive outlook on life. She loves nature and as a child remembers sitting by the window to watch the rain come in. Moving to Dubai didn’t stop her bonding with nature – with an exciting group of friends they constantly go camping, hiking, trekking, kayaking and enjoy life to the fullest.
Last April just before her 38th birthday, she was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer. For everyone the news unveiled like a tremor, but her close family and friends recall her reaction and say “Frida was like a horse, strong and sturdy, ready to face the challenge life had hurled at her”. Her approach toward cancer was like towards common cold. She underwent 6 cycles of Chemo with one beautiful outcome resulting in not having to have the radiation therapy which was initially planned. She had to undergo surgery and opted for a bilateral mastectomy to reduce the chance of a recurrence.
Frida is thankful to her wonderful family, friends and colleagues who made the journey of her fight against cancer not only easier, but memorable. Thanks to the advancement in the world of medicines, the amazing squad of Doctors and nurses and the sophisticated technology, Frida is today cancer free.
By going on this great mission to Antarctica she is determined to prove to herself and others, especially her two girls, that nothing is impossible in life and if you have the will and the courage there is nothing that can stop you from going to the ends of the earth!!! She trusts that through this mission, women become will become more aware of breast cancer, along with the various ways of detecting it and protecting themselves. “You don’t need to get to 40 to do your first mammogram…I didn’t have to!” she says. “We are the chosen few who have the opportunity to teach others to be brave, stay positive and always have a fighting spirit; for there is a life after cancer, an exciting one that needs to be lived to the fullest.” She believes that when life gives you a hundred reasons to cry, show life that you have a thousand reasons to smile.