Growing up in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Nela Hasic never heard the words “breast” and cancer” together. It just wasn’t discussed. But she saw the terrible effects of hiding the disease. The lack of health education in schools. The taboos surrounding women’s health issues.
“Women were forced to waste their energy covering up their pain and sickness rather than on helping themselves get better. They had access to some doctors, but not emotional support and information,” Nela says.