Rochester woman fulfills dream, publishes first book at age 84

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One local woman is inspiring her community by finally achieving her dreams, even if it took her 84 years.

“It just happened now. I had planned to do this a long time ago, but life happened, like they say here,” says Berdjouhi.

At 84-years-old, Berdjouhi Esmerian is finally living out her dreams of being an author. Her newly published memoir is the culmination of years of hard work.

“I decided, ‘I have to do it right now because who knows how much longer I’m going to live?’ So, I published it myself,” says Berdjouhi. “But I never expected this, and I always dream big.”

“Her closing remarks in the book are that she wants to make a difference and she has made that here in so many ways,” says Dawn Rivera, St. John’s Senior Housing. “She’s an integral part of the community.”

She shared some of her inspiring and captivating story during her book launch at Brickstone by St. John’s. She left Egypt and moved to the United States in the 1960s amidst unrest in Egypt. Her memoir addresses many obstacles and overcoming them, just as she has always done.

“I am of very small stature and people usually don’t know who I am and what I can be, or what I’m capable of,” says Berdjouhi. “It’s most probably, subconsciously, my way of saying ‘this is me.'”

Berdjouhi’s book, “So Many Homelands,” is already for sale on Amazon, but she’s not done dreaming big. Her goal is that someday it’ll be available in book stores here and around the country.

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