Sunday, 27 April 2014

Stephen's Story

I came across this this week and wondered how many of you had also seen it? This boy is amazing, truly inspirational and his story is well worth reading. 

He's a 19 year old lad who was diagnosed with bowel cancer at 15, and it has since become terminal. He has raised over £2.6 million for the Teenage Cancer trust through his Just Giving page (apparently, this has broken all previous records) and he writes a daily blog on how he is doing. He is probably the most positive and well-balanced person I have ever come across. Having lost my own father to cancer when I was 24 and he 54, I have seen first hand the devastation this cruel disease wrecks on families, and this young boy just astonishes me. His situation and his attitude to it and the way he handles it are a lesson to us all. I would gently suggest, if you're feeling a bit down, then read his story- it will put everything in perspective and make you appreciate fully the life you have got and the opportunities we all have to make our lives as worthwhile as they can be.

Last Sunday he became very poorly very quickly and, following a collapsed lung with secondary tumours taking over, he wrote what he thought would be his last post. Only it wasn't. I've just caught up with his latest blog entry today on Facebook and his story over the last few days is really quite astonishing. The doctors believe he has actually coughed up one of the tumours, and as a result his breathing is better and he is able to breath again without oxygen. So many people are wishing him well and sending him love and good thoughts, he has become a focal point for a world's will to beat cancer.

Here's the link:



  1. I did see this remarkable boy on tv, it was amazing how much money he had collected and he was so cheerful.

    1. I couldn't believe how composed he was- a remarkable person.

  2. People like Stephen are truly inspirational.

  3. It's good to know there are people in the world like this and brilliant that social media can make these experiences so accessible and change the world.

  4. You're so right. We hear so much about the rubbish that goes round on line, but this is one example of the brilliance it can give us. He is an amazing person. His mum, who speaks on the video, must be so incredibly proud of her boy, and rightly so.

  5. He really is an inspiration to us all.

  6. This young man is truly inspirational - I am not sure if you ever heard of our "Terry Fox", but we still support the rally each and every year. I am now going to follow your link. Thank you and have a wonderful day :)

  7. Hi there, just been catching up on all that you have been up to! Far too much to comment on, but I am glad to see that the bee rescuing is continuing and that you are keeping up the honey sales by feeding it back to the bees!! Hope that the puppy situation improves, it sounds as though things have been a little trying! Happy week!! xx

  8. He really is a very inspirational and brave young man.

  9. He is such an inspiration to us all , have you seen the speech he gave at the O2 it was amazing. He is no ordinary teenager.
    Sarah x

  10. I hadn't seen him but I'm off to have a look - an inspiration. x


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