Cancer, I Forgive You (Author Interview)

Cancer, I Forgive You looks like a great book. What can you tell us about it?

It is, and I think it can be one of the most important works in my life. Not only does it help readers to go through challenges, step by step, to help them cope with tragedy in life, especially emotionally and spiritually. It also shares the fault in our medical system where there is no gentle and effective cancer treatment, especially for children. Parents like us had to decide between giving our children a death sentence or a life sentence, due to the side effects of the harsh cancer treatments. I want to raise awareness of how the greed of the pharmaceutical companies has cost our health and, in the case of cancer, our lives. 


How long did it take you to write Cancer, I Forgive You?

It took me nine months. I already started to write when my son was still undergoing chemotherapy. I did most of my writing on my phone. I would open up my email app. Let the words flow from my heart and send them to myself. Then, when I had the chance, I organized the writing of my manuscript.


That’s an amazing cover. Can you tell us a little about it?

Cancer can be quite a serious and depressing topic. I want to bring out a light and hopeful message, as in the book's essence. I asked my book cover editor Andres to try something “fun”, and give some personality to the cancerous cells, hence the Keith Haring style book cover. I hope my readers will love it.


What inspired you when writing Cancer, I Forgive You?

My friend, whose father had been battling lung cancer for several years, passed away. She was pretty affected by the whole journey and could not imagine what it happened to her child. However, she found my attitude and positivity admirable. She believed there was something there the world could learn from my experience. She encouraged me to write a book about it. Hence, Cancer, I Forgive You.


Can you tell us a little about your son?

I never had a hero figure until my son came along. We call him Max the Brave. He never complained about all the needles, discomfort, and pain, not even once. Sometimes he even tries to be funny and make us laugh. He lost 60% of blood during his first brain surgery, and his strong will to live helped him get through it. He also survived sepsis twice, which stunned the doctors. When he was out of the surgery, he was paralyzed from the neck down.   We were even told he would never resume the use of his arms. However, his resilience to gain back mobility astonished us. Today, he can draw with both hands. So I included his drawing on the back cover. At age 3, he’s already an inspiration and our hero.


What will readers get out of your book?

How to turn adversity into opportunity, suffering to healing. Also, there’s a wealth of information about cancer for those interested in wholesome treatments other than the conventional invasive treatments, namely, chemotherapy and radiotherapy.


Did anything stick out as particularly challenging when writing Cancer, I Forgive You?

Yes, to revisit the agony of the experience whereas there was so much pain…


What do you like to do when not writing?

I like helping people heal and design eco accessories. I am a certified life coach, specialized in fertility and family constellations. I am also a jewellery designer.


Where can readers find out more about your work?

I also write under the pen name Orchid Bloom. Readers can also read more about my works by visiting