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Nadeem’s Legacy

Sherine Anniruth
Sherine Anniruth Author Interview

Nadeem’s Journey details the touching but tragic story of how you lost your son to cancer. When did you make the choice to write Nadeem’s Journey?

During the duration of Nadeem’s illness, I used to take photos of him whenever he was admitted in hospital, be it for chemotherapy or any other health issues. I promised him that I will write a journal about his journey and use those photographs in it, for him when he recovers , unfortunately he did not recover but lost his battle. On his last admission to hospital that was 3 days before he died ,he was in the emergency department and was about to be moved to the ward, he asked me if I’m not taking a photo of him. I was in shock because the doctor had just told me that I could loose my son by that weekend and forgot about the photo, but Nadeem knew how important the photos were to me realise that he wanted me to write the journal.3 years after his death I felt like I didn’t fulfil my promise to him therefore I decided that I will write a book about his journey.

What has been the most surprising reader reaction you’ve received about this book?

I was overwhelmed by the responses that I got from many readers, who not only read Nadeem’s journey but also learnt a lot from it. Not many authors tell you exactly what a person goes through when they have cancer but this book highlighted both the physical and emotional aspects of a person going through treatment. Many readers have also stated that they will not take life for granted and will always trust their instincts. As quoted by an avid reader “One major lesson every reader can take from this book is that no amount of organization can prepare you to deal with loss. It is okay to take forever to mourn your loved one. People find it hard to come into acceptance with death. Sherine’s story is an encouragement to anyone who has lost a loved one to cancer. It is not meant to be easy and the only thing one can do is take one step at a time”

Is there anything that you see different in life now that you’ve written this book?

I do not see anything different in life since I wrote the book but I’m happy that I fulfilled my promise. Nadeem’s legacy will live on forever. I have learnt not to take life for granted, to live each day as if it’s my last and be grateful for each new day I’m here.

Do you have plans to write more books?

I have written another book called The Ultimate Love which is about my journey coping with the loss of my son, the coping skills that I used and help that’s available for those grieving. At the moment I haven’t thought about writing another book.

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Nadeem’s Journey by Sherine Anniruth is the soulful and bittersweet story of a mother who loses her son.

Nadeem was just 25 years old when he died from cancer, but his mother’s determination for his memory to live forever is beautiful and raw. Reading this book really shows what a mother’s love can be, and being a mother myself, I understand how every little memory, laugh, joke, and good time that you had with your child can push you through the day.

Sherine is a very strong woman while going through the loss of her precious son. This story absolutely captures Nadeem’s spirit, he was a fun loving and precocious boy who adored his mom, and he turned into a hardworking man that still had his mom by his side.

This book will captivate you and wrench your heart. You’ll definitely need to grab some tissues as you read the tender accounts of Sherine’s life with Nadeem, and his last breaths.

Interspersed with pictures of Nadeem and his family, you’ll definitely get an idea of how much love was in this family, and how much light he cast on the world.
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