Reham Afandi is a Saudi breast cancer survivor and a Zumba instructor since 2013.
Afandi is a 34-year-old mother of two, and a Zumba coach, based in Jeddah. Her journey with breast cancer has been a story of hope, bravery and faith for Saudi women.
Afandi began sharing her recovery story with other women through motivational speeches and by supporting and participating in awareness campaigns and events in Jeddah city. She has been interviewed several times by Saudi newspapers, radio, and TV channels.
Before being diagnosed with cancer, Afandi did not have any health issues. One day, however, she felt a lump in her breast. She visited her doctor who after a biopsy revealed she had cancer and would have to receive chemotherapy and a radical mastectomy, which meant the complete removal of her affected breast. The doctor also informed Afandi that there was a possibility that she might lose her other breast as well.
In an interview with Sayidaty program on Rotana channel, she said: “I was extremely shocked ... but I had to convince myself that everything shall pass. I had to be strong and fight through for the sake of my children, I live for them.”
For Afandi, Zumba training was her source of hope, strength to fight through the painful experience. She stresses the importance of psychological support and encouragement, and that according to her, begins from the inside, from one’s heart.
She encourages other women diagnosed with cancer to deal with the situation with a positive frame of mind.
Afandi is a licensed Zumba instructor. She is licensed to teach different types of Zumba classes including high-intensity workout classes, as well as Zumba for young children.