“Hanging in here as best I can :)’.Â The world is truly a wonderful place.” These were some of the last words of Stephen Sutton, aÂ colorectal cancer-stricken teenager who set out a list of things he wished to do before dying of cancer.
His heart-wrenching last words:
‘Due to tumours my right lung has completely collapsed; the tumours are not moving anywhere anytime soon so that puts me in a very dire situation prognosis wise.
‘I have managed to have a CT scan though today and if the result from that are suitable they might consider trying to put a stent in my chest, which may help give me a few extra days.
‘But in the position Iâ€™m in there are many risks and things that could go wrong if I do choose to have it though.
‘Generally I am feeling very weak and the slightest bit of movement is leaving me short of breath.
‘I am also finding it tiring to speak and even typing this message is hard work.
‘Unfortunately I havenâ€™t got much time left, but I just want to reiterate to you all what a great time Iâ€™ve had recently.
‘I donâ€™t really want to die, but hopefully my journey has influenced a lot of people for the better and taught people not to take life for granted.
‘I think it has, and will hopefully continue to do so in the future, so in a situation that seems so unfair and without explanation, at least there has certainly been some purpose for me in my short time alive, which certainly helps ease the pain.
‘Cancer sucks, but life has been brilliant.’
Stephen was diagnosed with colorectal cancer in 2010 when he was 15, but despite having the tumour removed from his bowel it returned a year later, and doctors told him he would be unlikely to survive more than a few years. Â Instead of letting the news dampen his spirits, he decided to draw up a bucket list and launched a new career as a motivational speaker, going into schools talking about his cancer.
Since drawing up his bucket-list last January, Stephen managed to tick off 35 of the 46 tasks. Â Some of the daring activities he has achieved include ‘hugging an animal bigger than himself’ when he embraced an elephant at West Midlands Safari Park in the London.
He made a list of things he hoped to achieve before he died, succeeded in most, but life came to an end too soon:
1. Raise Â£1 million for the Teenage Cancer Trust.
2. Sky dive for charity.
3. Make a Bungee Jump for charity.
4. Organise a charity party.
5. Have a charity waxing and head shave. (Still to do)
6. Write a book.
7. Publish a â€˜tumour humourâ€™ book containing jokes, funny stories and anecdotes relating to cancer, so that people can look at the brighter side of life. (Still to do)
8. Organise a charity football match.
9. Do a charity hitch-hike visiting every Teenage Cancer Trust unit across the country. (Still to do)
10. Write, record and release a charity single with my old band. (Still to do)
11. Organise a charity gig.
12. Go busking, with money raised going to charity.
13. Persuade local schools to have a â€˜get wiggy with itâ€™ non-uniform day.
14. Stage charity quizzes in local pubs.
15. Organise a charity ball, including raffle etc.
16. Host a charity â€˜Come Dine With Meâ€™ dinner party for friends, where they pay as much or as little as they want.
17. Organise, and be part of, a flash mob.
18. Organise a gigantic game of musical chairs or pass the parcel.
19. Go to carnival in Brazil. (Still to do)
20. Go to Wembley to see a football match.
21. Go to Twickenham to see a rugby match.
22. Fly somewhere first class.
23. Get a tattoo.
24. Play drums in front of a huge crowd.
25. Do some public speaking in front of a huge crowd.
26. Visit a famous waterfall. (Still to do)
27. Throw a massive party for all my friends.
28. Go on a â€˜ladsâ€™ holidayâ€™.
29. Go to Australia. (Still to do)
30. Hug an animal that is bigger than me.
31. Ride a Segway.
32. Go to a Skrillex concert. (Still to do)
33. Go see a darts competition.
34. Get my name in the Guinness World Book of Records. (Still to do)
35. Go to CERN, home of the hadron collider, in Switzerland.
36. Meet comedian Jimmy Carr.
37. Go to another music festival, preferably Tomorrowland.
38. Find someone with more surgical scars than me.
39. Appear as an extra in a film or music video.
40. Get music comedian Tim Minchin to write a song for me. (Still to do)
41. Learn to juggle.
42. Inspire someone to be a doctor or fundraiser.
43. Have my portrait painted.
44. Crowd-surf in a rubber dinghy at a gig.
45. Try breathing in Xenon or sulphur dioxide and talking (it has the opposite effect of helium). (Still to do)
46. Visit Machu Picchu. (Still to do)
He achieved his first wish of raising 1 million pounds for a cancer trust fund last week.
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