TOP CHEF -- Season:15 -- Pictured: Fatima Ali -- (Photo by: Tommy Garcia/Bravo)

The New York City-based chef was diagnosed with Ewings Sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer, shortly after competing in season 15 of the Bravo competition show which was filmed in Colorado.

Shay Spence, Sonal Dutt
October 09, 2018

After to remove a tumor in her shoulder bone in January, former Fatima Ali has revealed that her cancer has returned.

In an emotional , Ali, 29, writes that “the cancer cells my doctors believed had vanished are back with a vengeance in my left hip and femur bone,” adding that her oncologist told her she likely has “a year to live, with or without the new chemotherapy regimen.”

The New York City-based chef was diagnosed with Ewings Sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer, shortly after competing in of the Bravo competition show which was . Host Padma Lakshmi as she prepared for her surgery, from fans on Instagram and saying she was “hoping for a great outcome.”

Following her surgery, Ali told PEOPLE at the Aspen mkgallery Festival in July that she was “technically cancer-free” but was undergoing two additional months on chemotherapy to help prevent it from returning.

Ali details her plans for the future in the Bon Appetit essay, acknowledging that she is “scared” but has “an odd sense of relief” following the new diagnosis. “I can finally live for myself, even if it’s just for a few precious months,” she writes.

While she previously told PEOPLE that she “most certainly” planned on opening a restaurant of her own, she is now focused on eating at the world’s most-acclaimed restaurants, including the Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare and two-Michelin-starred Noma in Copenhagen, Denmark.

“Every day is a new opportunity to experience something new,” she writes. “I’m sketching a plan to eat my way through New York and the boroughs while I can.”

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