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The student of "Top Chef" Fatima Ali revealed it Cancer has returned "with a vengeance".

In an emotional essay published in Bon Appetit on Tuesday, Ali, 29, says that doctors determined that his diagnosis was not treatable and terminal.

"My oncologist told me that I have a year to live, with or without the new chemotherapy regimen," he writes. "I wanted to be 30 years old, to be flirtatious and prosperous, I guess I have to improve it, I do not have time to lose."

The chef from New York City was diagnosed last year with a rare form of bone cancer called Ewings Sarcoma, shortly after competing in season 15 of "Top Chef" in Colorado. Ali finished seventh in the cooking reality contest and was chosen fan favorite.

He underwent chemotherapy and surgery in January to remove a bone tumor from his shoulder, with Padma Lakshmi, host of the "Top Chef" at his side.

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However, doctors told the television personality in September that the cancer cells they thought had disappeared had spread to the left hip and bone of the femur. He adds that he suspects that "I will not last long."

"They think I'm brave, but in reality, I'm not, I'm afraid," Ali writes. "There is a slight feeling deep in my stomach like a rustle of air that passes, always expanding and filling slowly until, one day, I will burst."

Despite her fear, Ali says she has come to an agreement with her terminal diagnosis: "A strange sense of relief has settled inside me, knowing that I can finally live by myself, even if it's only for a few more months. beautiful".

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Although Ali had to put aside her dream of owning a restaurant, the chef plans to spend the time she has left immersed in the best meals at world-renowned restaurants, including Noma in Denmark, with two Michelin stars, and Chef & # 39 ; s Table in Brooklyn Fare.

"Every day is an opportunity for me to experience something new … I have a growing list of those that I need to visit," he writes. "I'm making a plan to eat my way through New York and the counties while I can."

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