LOVE, NILS written by Lesli Berggren
Love, Nils is the true story of a teenage boy battling cancer, and the tender love and bond of trust that grows between him and his American mother. It is a profoundly moving memoir with an important message of hope for all care givers struggling to find help where none seems available. Interwoven with the powerful narrative are parcels of advice for parents and young patients who find themselves responding to a devastating medical diagnosis. Over the three years it has taken Lesli to write this book she has gradually learned how to heal herself and now this has become a way for her to help others.
Love, Nils charts the 18 months Lesli spent caring for her beloved son after his diagnosis. Nils, a twin, was just 13 when he fell ill. He was a gorgeous, athletic, livewire of a boy who came down with a cold that turned out to be Stage 4 cancer. He was treated first in Singapore and then the US, and he was cured of cancer—nothing short of a miracle. Tragically, however, the stem-cell transplant he received (an imperfect match) created complications that went on to claim his young life.