I’ve been very lucky that – touch wood – it’s not impacted my nearest and dearest to a great extent. It was with a massive degree of inspiration I read the blog of one of my friends’ fathers though who hasn’t been so lucky.
Whilst I can’t empathise quite with this illness specifically, with recent heart-related scares in our family of late I’m reasonably well versed in coming to terms with the fact that we are all very much mortal beings. It’s a scary realisation, none of us are here forever – we know that – but it’s not nice to have unexpected reminders of that.
I would urge you to have a read – I’ve never had the pleasure of meeting David, my mate’s dad – but am amazingly inspired by his reaction to the shitty hand that fate seems to have dealt him. Just as we can be prone to over-reacting to relatively trivial events, I am full of admiration for how he is the exact opposite – remaining positive and upbeat in the face of perhaps the least trivial news you’re ever likely to get.
As well as this, he has taken positive action to raise thousands of pounds to promote both awareness and early diagnosis of cancer, as well as cancer research. It’s truly staggering and incredibly humbling – and really helps to bring things into perspective when you get a little bogged down in day-to-day mundanities that shouldn’t really worry you as much as they do.
If you feel as moved as I have been then there’s a link to donate to ‘Windsurfing for Cancer Research’. I was tempted to say a legacy to be proud of, but in his own words: ‘Sod my life expectancy progress – I will be there.’ I really hope so.