Choosing Hope


Choosing Hope: One Woman. Three Cancers. is the story of how Munira Premji battled three advanced cancers: Stage 4 non-Hodgkin lymphoma, Stage 3 multiple myeloma, and Stage 3 breast cancer, within a period of five years. Written as a series of anecdotes based on entries from a blog the author started shortly after her first diagnosis—when her focus was simply on surviving—it tells an inspirational story about resilience, courage, and hope in the face of overwhelming odds. It explores and shares the author’s experiences at home, in the community, and in hospitals, revealing with utter honesty and catching humour her moments of utter darkness and light, of intense pain and blissful but precarious relief.

Choosing Hope captures the psychological, physical, and emotional trauma of a cancer diagnosis and treatment. It is easy to read and anecdotal in style and will have special appeal to recently diagnosed cancer patients, survivors and their families, to caregivers, and to many others facing health challenges.


“[Munira]’s an inspiration not only to other cancer patients and survivors but also the rest of us to stop, breathe, and embrace life.”
India Currents

“A captivating, true account of struggle and survivorship and an inspiring testimony to the human spirit.”
–Dr Norman Franke, Clinical Associate, Autologous Blood and Marrow Transplant Program, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre

“Munira’s heroic and inspirational story will resonate with all those who find the courage to prevail in the face of a cancer illness.”
—Dr Daniel Robson, Medical Oncologist, North York General Hospital

“The story recounted here by Munira, her husband, and their grown children is an empowering tale of courage, optimism, survival, and triumph. From a real world calamity they bring forth a remarkable tale of hope and endurance.”
—Dr Rodger E Tiedemann, Hematologist and Senior Scientist, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre

“Munira is someone who makes a real difference to the lives of people around her every day. I am inspired and humbled by her!”
—Dr Moez Rajwani, President, North York Healthcare Associates Inc

“I am a better surgeon for having read this text. Treating patients with cancer is as much science as understanding the human experience. Munira’s journey is insightful and inspiring. Choosing Hope is an exceptional story told by an exceptional person and her incredible family.”
—Brian Pinchuk, Surgical Oncologist, North York General Hospital

“I’ve known Munira for over a decade, first as a leader within our community and then as a close friend and mentor. I’ve known her to guide, teach and inspire everyone around her. She is a beacon of light, a warrior of the highest order, and one of the most selfless, compassionate, and courageous people I have met.”
—Huse Madhavji, Actor/TV Host

“When I see Munira in a crowd or at an event, there is an aura around her that exudes warmth, peace and gratitude.  If you are lucky enough to hug her, you’ll never ever forget it.  To say she is inspiring is an understatement.  She should be angry with the world but instead is resilient, passionate and fights like hell.  I don’t think I’ve ever encountered anyone more powerful.”
—Farah Nasser, News Anchor, Global News

“You are a true ‘Passion Capitalist’! Thank you for sharing your incredible and inspired story. Your passion is so appreciated!”
—Paul Alofs, Former President & CEO, Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation, author of Passion Capital


Publication Date: April 2020

Paperback ISBN: 978-1-77415-005-4
Page size: 5.5″ x 8.5″
240 pages

eBook ISBN: 978-1-77415-006-1

Photo of Munira Premji

Munira Premji was born in Moshi, Tanzania, at the foot of Kilimanjaro. After finishing high school in Tanzania, she immigrated to Canada in 1979, where she attended York University in Toronto and met her husband Nagib. She is a human resources practitioner and executive coach, consulting on organizational effectiveness and leadership development. She has two children and lives with her husband in Toronto. Choosing Hope is her first book.