Being Sam is a memoir of life and death, rascal chromosomes and rogue cancer cells, and a lot of love in between, written by Sam’s mother, Morag Zwartz. Diagnosed with leukaemia at two, Sam astonished his medical team by surviving so many relapses before the disease took its toll.
"I appreciated this careful recounting of Sam’s life for three main reasons. Firstly, Sam’s unusual life lived on society’s margins is described without heavy preaching or theologising. The gentle whisper of the family’s faith hums in the background, which perhaps makes it an easier book for a non-Christian person to read. Secondly, the in-depth recounting of the impact of disability and cancer on the immediate family is of great value to anyone working with those touched by either. Finally, in a time when both abortion of disabled children and euthanasia of the terminally ill is almost normal, this book is important. It is a strong yet gentle witness to the irreplaceable value of a life." -- Peter Barnes