In this hermeneutic phenomenological case study, we explored the lived experiences of one Saudi Arabian woman, Sahara, living with breast cancer and after, identifying her culture’s impact on the “meaning-making” process. We derived the data from a semi-structured interview and analyzed using interpretive phenomenological analysis (IPA). The themes were: (1) “discourse”: being a breast cancer patient; (2) “sociality”: the complex sense of living with visibility and invisibility; and (3) “selfhood”: regaining the sense of being normal. The study benefits healthcare providers, who need to understand women’s life-world, the impact of culture when designing a program of survival care, and the response to their needs.


breast cancer, survivorship, case study, culture, lived experience, interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA)

Author Bio(s)

Wafa ALmegewly is an assistant professor in Community Health Nursing Department in the College of Nursing, Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University. The focus of much of her research to date has been on quality of life in patients with cancer, culture, and patients' experience. Please direct correspondence to whalmegewly@pnu.edu.sa.

Dinah Gould is an honorary visiting professor City London University. She undertakes research to explore health need and innovations in health care using observational and intervention methodologies. Please direct correspondence to ansteys1@cardiff.ac.uk.

Sally Anstey is a senior lecturer of Adult Nursing in Cardiff University, School of Healthcare Sciences. Her research activities include cancer, end-of-life care, mental health, and patient voices in education. Please direct correspondence to dinahgould@outlook.com.


This research was funded by the Deanship of Scientific Research at Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University through the Fast-track Research Funding Program

Publication Date


Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 4.0 International License.





Included in

Nursing Commons



To view the content in your browser, please download Adobe Reader or, alternately,
you may Download the file to your hard drive.

NOTE: The latest versions of Adobe Reader do not support viewing PDF files within Firefox on Mac OS and if you are using a modern (Intel) Mac, there is no official plugin for viewing PDF files within the browser window.