Mark Twain inspiration

"The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time." - Mark Twain

And once again I'm grateful for meeting Matthew Chadwick.  Thanks to him and then through my own diagnosis, I understand, appreciate and embrace this quote.

Matt lived by a "no regrets" policy.  He made sure his life was filled with the things that were important to him, a job where he felt he was making a real difference, new experiences and learning through travel and spending quality time with family and friends.

With my diagnosis and prognosis, I reflected on my life and the prospect of death.  I realised I was at peace with it.  In my heart, I didn't have regrets.  I'd taken chances, calculated risks and said yes to opportunities - I've got a suitcase full of stories and experiences to prove I've lived life to the full.  I even achieved success during my chemo treatment when I was constantly surrounded by love and visitors - friends and family from around the world.  

While cancer is a curse, it's also a blessing as it puts your life in perspective.  The best advice I can give anyone is "don't wait for tomorrow to start living, to do that thing, visit that place or wear your best dress.  Tomorrow will never come, there will always be an excuse or a reason not to.  It's up to you to make it a priority, so stop doing nothing and choose to do the things that bring you joy.  No regrets."


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