Seema Jaya Sharma: Cancer affects the body not the mind or soul
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Seema Jaya Sharma speaks excitedly. She is not hindered at all by the nerves or tension which come with talking to a stranger.
And why should she? She is a beautiful mother-of-two, with a gift for singing and a happy home to live in.
But when you consider her life will be cut short in a matter of weeks, her exuberance is even more remarkable.
The 37-year-old mother, of Pembroke Road, Seven Kings, has fought cancer for six years, she been given the all-clear three times – and now finally the disease has taken hold of her body.
“Only seven tumours,” she says, when I ask about her condition. “And that is only on the brain.
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“There are tumours on the lungs and the liver, but cancer affects the body not the mind or soul.
“It hard to say how long I’ll live – a couple of weeks.”
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Seema recorded song Alive two years ago and posted it on YouTube, where it has been viewed more than 20,000 times, to thank people for their support.
She fronted a Cancer Research awareness campaign in 2013 after overcoming another bout of the disease.
She could be seen in national media, alongside the words: “I’m alive today because of research.”
Today the situation is markedly different. In the coming days she will speak to her bank to complete her final arrangements.
She has already prepared a five-minute video to be shown at her funeral.
She has meticulously planned the visual eulogy with the help of children Kalvin, 17, and Shanti, eight, who she describes as her “rock”.
She has given away all her clothes too. “I have one outfit that I have been wearing for the last three days. It is the only one I have got left,” she laughs.
Does she fear the end? “People try not talk about it. The only thing guaranteed in this world is birth and death.
“We all want to hold on to life for some reason – I do not see it like this. For me, the pain will end. I cannot complain at all.”
It is important to stress Seema is completely at peace with the future.
After all she is known to have previously gone clubbing after radiotherapy appointments.
The one time she strays momentarily from her cheery manner is to warn that a cure for cancer will never be discovered.
“I do not think a cure for cancer will be found,” she says. “The corporations just want to make money. They do not want you to die, but they do not want you to be cured either so you keep using the medication.”
Tragically, Seema says not knowing how long she has left means she cannot make plans further ahead than a few days.
But you can be sure her words, spoken from the heart, will live on far longer.