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Daughter of Cancer Victim Vows to Look after Siblings

Daughter of Cancer Victim Vows to  Look after Siblings
The late Salome Nainoca daughers Merewai Taqanileba, Sharon Nainoca and Gloria Dawn at their home in Kinoya yesterday. Photo: Arieta Vakasukawaqa
April 04
11:01 2017

Thirteen-year-old Sharon Nainoca has vowed to look after her siblings after her mother died last Tuesday.

Her mother, 34-year-old, Salome Nainoca, died after battling breast cancer for the last six years.

Trying to hold back tears, Sharon, described her late mother as a caring and kind woman.

“It hurt me every day to see the pain that she went through and even under that situation my mother tried her best to be there for her children when they needed her,” Sharon said.

“I will work hard to make my mother proud,” she said.

The Adi Cakobau School student described her mother as superwoman who fought the cancer to her dying breath

“Her journey taught us to be strong in any situation we faced in life and she enjoyed every minute of her life as if it was her last,” she said.

“She will remain in our hearts forever. I thank my aunts for standing at her side till the very end.

“My mother loved her food and was very supportive towards my education, even though she was in pain courageously she carried out her responsibilities like attending parents’ interview and in any event that we participated in school,” Sharon said.

Salome’s sister, Emily Taito with tears in her eyes, she described her sister as a jolly person that was full of life.

“One of her request was for us to take care of her children and that she be laid to rest beside our dad’s graveyard in our village in Nadroga. We will fulfil her wishes.

“Even in pain, Salome keeps lighting up people lives with her jokes and she loved her children so much and made they got the best either in education or any part of their lives,” she said.

The late Ms Nainoca made headlines last year in Pintober when she spoke of how her husband walked out on her and her children, the death of her father and topped with battling cancer herself.

Despite having lost her battle, Ms Nainoca’s message last year to other breast cancer fighters was to: “Never lose hope.”

Also read: ‘My Husband walked away, my father died’

Edited by Ranoba Baoa


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