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Girl’s Plea Helps Mum Fight Cancer

Five-years-ago, Asena Senimoli lay on her deathbed and listened to the pleading voice of her then eight-year-old daughter, Mere, crying: “Please mum don’t die. Don’t leave me alone. “Mummy if
29 Sep 2017 15:58
Girl’s Plea Helps Mum Fight Cancer
Asena Senimoli and daughter, Mere. Photo: Jone Luvenitoga

Five-years-ago, Asena Senimoli lay on her deathbed and listened to the pleading voice of her then eight-year-old daughter, Mere, crying: “Please mum don’t die. Don’t leave me alone.

“Mummy if I graduate from university I would want you to dress me up in my gown and watch me graduate.

“When I turn 21, I would want you to bake my cake and give me a key so that I can live my life as a young woman.

“If I get married I would want you to take me to my new home.”

Her pleadings in 2012 were so powerful that they gave Ms Senimoli great spiritual, emotional and physical strength to fight the breast cancer, the disease which she almost succumbed to.

And fight she did because in 2014, Ms Senimoli, of Raralevu near Nausori, was cleared of cancer.

Ms Senimoli said she was only able to do it through the inspiring words of her daughter, supported by her family’s prayers.

She told her story at the launch of the Fiji Dairy Limited initiative in aid of the Fiji Cancer Society to mark Pinktober (Breast Cancer Awareness Month).

After she was diagnosed with breast cancer, the mother of four opted for the traditional herbal medicine.

Ms Senimoli said her family members prayed for her recovery.

“When I was listening (to her) I knew I had to be strong, sit up, strengthen my faith and prayed to be healed.

“I was diagnosed in 2012 through a lump that I had felt since 2009. If it’s genetic then I want to be sure that my daughter does not fall victim to breast cancer as well.”

“My husband would sit beside me and pray and say Lord this is not the time to take her, please Lord I am not ready to be without her. He was a Methodist preacher then but now he is a lecturer at the Davuilevu Methodist Theological College,” she said

“When I was listening I knew I had to be strong, sit up strengthen my faith and prayed a demanding prayer that if I was to be given life I didn’t want a life with cancer.”

She said this was her sixth year as a survivor of breast cancer.

“I feel for my friends who have passed away, we came together and we were advocating together but I am still here and I am still a strong witness to everyone. I will also say that cancer can be treated, we can survive and live happily,” she said.

“I am just grateful to God and my family, especially my daughter for giving me the courage to fight on.”

Mere, 15, is now attending Adi Cakobau Secondary school as a Year 10 student.

Mere has a passion in sharing her mother’s story, and actively advocates on breast cancer at school or whenever she has a chance to do so.

“From a young age my mum has always looked after me, when I was sick she would stay up with me to make sure I recovered,” Mere said.

“My mum is my pillar of strength,” she said.

“Her illness has inspired me to set my goal to enter the field of medicine as my career.

“Seeing her fight against breast cancer really motivated me to work hard and try to be a doctor so that I can help other people affected by this disease.”

Edited by Karalaini Waqanidrola

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