I sometimes wonder how I would react if I were to discover that I had only a short time to live. I doubt if I would be as brave as fifteen year old Alice Pyne, from the north of England, whose blog I stumbled upon quite by chance, last night. Alice has been battling Hodgkin’s Lymphoma for four years already but now, she writes, “It doesn’t look like I’m going to win this one. The cancer is spreading through my body.”
Encouraged by her mother, Alice has prepared a “bucket list” of things she wants to accomplish before she “has to go”, as she bravely puts it. Many of them are really quite simple things, such as entering her dog in a regional show, or staying in a caravan and the list is actually headed by a desire to make everyone sign up to be bone marrow donors.
I tell you – I read Alice’s blog and I just broke down and wept. What gives this young girl the courage to face her own imminent death so bravely? And don’t say “faith in God” – because nowhere does she mention God. The support of her family surely plays a part in it, especially her mother and her younger sister, who is taking part in a sponsored run for Cancer Research this weekend. But I think there must be something special inside Alice herself. I wish I had half the courage she has.
Sometimes, it’s the people who seem most ordinary, who are actually the most inspirational. Alice is one of them.