As I was being completely nervous and counting the days when will my books will be distributed to all bookstores in Malaysia and swarming (imaginary) fans wanting my autographs, I found out that my ex-schoolmates are struggling with some problems.

One girl, Salwa had cancer. It has a fancy name but it’s got something to do with bones. Sarcoma of the sort? My friend, Erma and me organized a fundraising several years ago. She was diagnosed in the UK while doing her PhD. At that time, her husband is studying too and they have a little girl around 2 years old. She went into remission this year and had to travel back and forth 7 hours every week for chemotherapy. She’s scheduled to have parts of her lungs removed. Her husband is the only one working and they now have 2 children.

Another girl, Yusalinawati is blessed with 3 boys but the middle one is diagnosed with leukemia. He just got chickenpox and high fever and had to go some grueling blood transfusion since he was 4. Currently his blood count is very low and his spirit as well.

I wish I could do something. I don’t have much money. All I have is an idea and I hope the publisher will give it a go.

I asked her if I could donate a small portion of the selling of my books to both of my friends. I really hope they’d say yes. It’s all that I can do.

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