During my cancer treatment and healing journey, I attended all cancer support services available in Wollongong and found that women from the diverse cultural backgrounds are invisible; their voices are silent in the cancer arena. My personal experience was that the mainstream support groups are not equipped to provide for people in culturally sensitive and inclusive way. “I stick out like a sore thumb at every session”. Instead of being supported, I felt left out and ignored. Women from diverse cultural backgrounds, especially Muslim women are invisible and their voices are silent.
This made me realise the immense challenges these women are facing. There are social and cultural misunderstanding of cancer, stigmatization, lack of language and culturally / linguistically appropriate information….etc. This is just to name a few.