Statice Text

Statice / Brain Tumors

A Journey of Strength: A Conversation with Baba on His Battle with a Brain Tumor

In this article, we have the privilege of sitting down with a remarkable individual and learning more about how they combated a brain tumor.

By Manahil Shafi / Edited by Aiden Chantemsin

Updated October 13, 2023

Interviewee: Muhammad Shafi, father of Manahil Shafi
Statice Health International does not actively endorse any religion or belief system discussed by the authors.

In this heartfelt blog post, we have the privilege of sitting down with a remarkable individual, my Baba (dad), who valiantly fought a battle with a brain tumor. During this candid conversation, Baba will share his experiences and the challenges he faced during this trying time. To provide more context about brain tumors, let's start with some information about their prevalence, effects on the body, diagnosis, symptoms, and mortality rates.

Brain tumors are abnormal growths of cells in the brain. Statistics show they can be benign (non-cancerous) and malignant (cancerous). The occurrence of brain tumors is relatively rare, accounting for around 1.4% of all cancer diagnoses. However, they can significantly impact a person's health and life.

The effects of a brain tumor can vary depending on its location, size, and type. Common symptoms may include headaches, seizures, changes in vision or hearing, cognitive difficulties, and motor function impairments.

Diagnosing brain tumors typically involves a combination of imaging tests, such as MRI and CT scans, and a neurological examination. A biopsy, a test where a small tumor tissue sample is taken for analysis, may also be performed to determine its nature and plan appropriate treatment.

The mortality rate for brain tumors can be relatively high, especially in cases of malignant tumors. Treatment options include surgery, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy to remove or reduce the tumor's size and manage symptoms.

Now, let's continue the interview with Baba.

The Interview

Q: Baba, can you share with us when you were diagnosed with the brain tumor?
A: It was a few years back, in mid 2019, when I received the life-altering diagnosis.

Q: What were you doing during that time in your life - job, family, life plans, etc?
A: At that time of the year, I was not really well; however, I still focused on my business. We had plans and dreams for the future. We also just had a family trip to Turkey.

Q: How did the brain tumor affect you, and what was the treatment journey like?
A: The brain tumor was a tremendous challenge, both physically and emotionally. The treatment journey was tough, back and forth to the hospital, MRI tests and CT scans, but the support from family and friends made it more bearable.

Q: How did the disease impact our family, social circle, and our life plans as a family?
A: It was undoubtedly a difficult time for all of us. Our family (my brothers) came together with unwavering support, and our social life took a backseat as we focused on fighting the battle together. It was definitely a tougher time for my children and wife, yet we had our hopes high.

Q: How did your life change during this period, and what are some memories you cherish from that time?
A: During that period, life became more focused on health and well-being. It helped us realize how short and unpredictable life can be. Anything that we run after in our temporary life seems worthless when our health is deteriorating. You start valuing your life and the people close to you more.

Q: Can you share some valuable lessons you learned through this battle with the brain tumor?
A: This battle taught me the importance of cherishing every moment and the value of family and relationships. It showed me that life can be unpredictable, but love and support can help us overcome the toughest challenges. We will go back to eternal homes one day, so living every day as a traveler will lessen our worldly desires.

Q: Has going through this disease helped you realize anything about something people take for granted?
A: Yes, definitely! It has to be your valuable time you get to spend with your loved ones in this world, and your health which is one of the precious gifts of God.

Q: How are you doing now, and what message would you like to share with others who may be facing a similar battle?
A: I am doing my best, seeing life from a different perspective now that I have been relieved from it. For those facing a similar battle, I would say: stay strong, lean on your loved ones, and never lose hope. Life is a precious gift from God, and it's worth fighting for. You will return back one day, nevertheless, so sit back and trust God.


In this heartfelt conversation with Baba, we gained valuable insights into his battle with a brain tumor and his strength throughout this journey. While this blog is not based on an actual event, because Baba passed away due to a brain tumor in 2019, it serves as a tribute to the resilience and courage of all those who have faced similar challenges.

Thank you for joining us on this emotional journey. May we all be inspired by the spirit of those who have been through brain tumors and find strength in the face of adversity. Until next time, let's cherish our loved ones and embrace every moment life offers us.