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I cried like any mum cries at her son's wedding.. but it wasn't for all the usual reasons. I was just so grateful to be there; MOTHER ON HER JOY AT BEING ABLE TO SEE HERKIDS GET MARRIED AFTER BREAST CANCER BATTLE; Fashion show model on a mission to help charity.

Byline: Jenny Morrison

As proud mum Muna Ausat watched her son get married, she couldn't stop her tears of joy - as it was a day she feared she would never see.

Eight years ago, Muna was diagnosed with breast cancer and, having lost her mum to the disease, worried she may not live to see her three sons grow up.

She has just celebrated the marriage of her eldest and is looking forward to the wedding of her middle son in a few months.

As she helps organise a double celebration for both boys and their new wives, she is on a mission to help raise awareness of early signs and symptoms of the disease.

Muna, 54, from Falkirk, said: "I was just 19 when I lost my mum to breast cancer. So when I was diagnosed with the disease, my first thought was for my three sons and whether I would be there for them.

"Now, almost eight years on, I've celebrated Hassan's marriage and his brother Amaar gets married later this year.

"I was so incredibly emotional at Hassan's wedding - and not just for the usual reason a mum cries - but because I felt so grateful to be there.

"My mum Anita wasn't at my wedding so I appreciated it all the more. But if it hadn't been for an early diagnosis of my breast cancer, things could have been very different."

Muna, who is mum to Hassan, 25, Amaar, 23, and Zaki, 17, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010 after her husband, Ausat, found a lump in her breast.

She had a mastectomy to remove her breast, reconstruction surgery and gruelling chemotherapy.

She also had her ovaries removed as a preventative measure to stop further cancer, due to her family history of the disease.

Muna said: "When my mum was diagnosed with breast cancer, I was just five years old and I remember her being in and out of hospital.

"When I was diagnosed, all those memories of my mum's illness came flooding back.

"I thought of my sons and in your head you fast-forward and worry about the impact your illness is going to have on them.

"Hassan was 17 and doing A-levels, Amaar was 15 and Zaki was only nine.

"I was honest with them about what was happening and, while they all handled it differently, they were amazing and we got through it."

Muna, who was living in London at the time, said Hassan was helped through her diagnosis by the support he received from her now daughter-in-law Rida. She added: "We had been on holiday to Pakistan before my diagnosis and Hassan had become friends with Rida, who was my sister-in-law's niece.

"When we came back from holiday, Hassan and Rida kept in touch. And when I was diagnosed, she was so supportive. That's when their relationship developed.

Taking part "Hassan told us how he felt about her and, over the next few years, Hassan returned to Pakistan for family weddings and they would spend time with each other.

"In 2014, they got engaged and we couldn't have been happier for them."

Muna and her family travelled to Islamabad just before last Christmas for their marriage.

She said: "I think a lot of people at the wedding found it difficult to understand why I was so tearful all the time but it just meant so much to me to be there.

"There were two days of celebration - and both were such wonderful days. Rida looked so beautiful, both she and Hassan were so happy, the colours of everyone's outfits were amazing and everyone just had a great time."

While looking forward to Hassan's wedding, Muna's middle son Amaar also got engaged.

Muna said: "Amaar met his fiancee Subuhe at college in London. They sat beside each other in the same biology class and became friends, then fell in love.

"They are getting married in London in July. Then we plan to have a giant double celebration for Hassan and Rida, and Amaar and Subuhe, in Glasgow."

Muna, who still takes the drug Tamoxifen, says she will always be grateful for the support she received from charity Breast Cancer Care and used many of their services, including their website.

In 2015, she appeared as a model in the Breast Cancer Care Scotland Fashion Show, even giving a speech about her experience of breast cancer to the hundreds of guests who attended the evening and afternoon shows.

Now, as the charity team up with the Sunday Mail to launch their search for models for this year's show, she is urging other women - and men - who have had a diagnosis of breast cancer to follow in her footsteps and apply.

Muna said: "Taking part in the Breast Cancer Care Scotland Fashion Show has been a life-changing experience for me in so many unexpected ways.

"It was such an incredible event to be part of but I've also made friends for life with the other models, who understand what it is like to go through a breast cancer diagnosis.

"They have all helped me to achieve the positive outlook on life I now have.

"I know how important Breast Cancer Care were to me and my family. So it was great to be able to give something back and help them raise money to help others.

"I would encourage anyone to take part in the show."

On the hunt for catwalk queens..

and kings The search is on for models to take part in this year's Breast Cancer Care Scotland Fashion Show at the Hilton Hotel, Glasgow, on October 25.

The Sunday Mail has teamed up with the charity for a fabulous event to celebrate the courage of anyone who has been diagnosed with breast cancer. We're looking for 22 models - applications are open to women and men.

Money raised will help Breast Cancer Care to provide care, support and information to anyone affected by the disease, including the 4600 people diagnosed in Scotland each year. You can find application forms at www.

breastcancercare.org.uk / theshowscotland. Closing date is March 31.

For tickets or more information, email TheShowScotland@breastcancercare.org.uk or call 0141 353 8330.

Taking part in the show changed my life so much

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