'Top Chef' Fan Favorite Fatima Ali Opens Up About Her Terminal Cancer Battle (Exclusive)
By Liz Calvario
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Fatima Ali is staying strong
ET recently sat down with the former Top Chefcontestant, who opened up about her heart-wrenching battle with cancer and the ongoing support from her TV family.
"I finished filming Top Chef last year. I had this pain in my shoulder, which was then diagnosed as a tumor," she explained to ET. "And that tumor, after it got biopsied, it was actually a form of cancer called Ewing's sarcoma."
Earlier this year, the 29-year-old was declared cancer-free, only to find out in September that the rare form of cancer had returned.
"We were all stumped, because how can the cancer come back in two months? I had clear scans. I was almost there, at the finish line, and now I was getting yanked back," she emotionally recalled. "When my doctor said that it is probably about a year without treatment, in my head I just knew I had to make this year count."
Ali opened up about her cancer returning in a candid, personal article. "Honestly being a chef, I'm so used to being in control of everything and all of a sudden I have no control over anything in my life," she continued. "So this was a way for me to actually kind of take back a little bit of control for myself."