Three months after revealing her terminal cancer diagnosis, Top Chef alum Fatima Ali has taken to Instagram for her first post of the new year to give a heartbreaking update on her condition.

“I know it’s been ages since I posted and most may have figured out why,” Ali wrote on Instagram alongside a recent photo. “I’m sick and unfortunately I’m getting sicker. Right now all I need are prayers; prayers that are simple.”

Ali also sent a message of peace and reconciliation to people in her life. “I hope, because a wish is putting on too much responsibility on the other, that you will somehow find forgiveness in your big heart for whenever I must have hurt you,” she wrote. “I thank you a million times over for when you have given me joy. I’ll try to keep everyone updated the best that I possibly can.”

Ali revealed in October 2018 that a previous Ewing’s sarcoma cancer diagnosis had returned and that doctors had given her just a year to live. In a November appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, the Top Chef fan-favorite opened up about the “incredibly jarring” diagnosis, and revealed the inspiring way she planned to spend the rest of her days — traveling the world and eating at all the restaurants she has always wanted to visit.

DeGeneres, who was moved to tears by Ali’s outlook, surprised her with a check for $50,000 dollars to help with medical and travel expenses.

“I am so looking forward to this next year, because I am surrounded with so much positivity,” Ali said at the time. “I’m so lucky to have friends and family like I do. We are going to be taking an entire tour of the world, eating all this absolutely delicious food. I know that’s the only way to get through this.”

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(photo via Paul Trantow/Bravo)