We all carry a lot on on shoulders, but you never know what those closest to you are really going through.
In the case of a teenage boy that kept his terminal cancer a secret from his friends entirely because he wanted to shield them from the sadness and not have them worried.
Liam Wright, only age 18, had a rare form of bone cancer called osteosarcoma which was discovered after he tore ligaments in his leg while playing football with friends.
At first he looked to be recovering fine, but was soon told that he had terminal cancer earlier this year.
This brave young man did not want to upset his friends, so the only people he told were his mom and sisters. He carried all that weight on his shoulders, facing imminent death and was braver than any of us can imagine.
His mom, Jane, shared in an interview with the Mirror:
“It was a shock to a lot of people. He didn’t want any of his friends to know; he wanted to protect everybody.
Right up until the day before he died, he controlled his own tablets. He knew what he wanted for when we got the dreaded news.”
During the interview, his sister, Kerry chimed in:
“I went to tell his friends when he passed away. They just thought I was coming to tell them his cancer had got worse. Even our own nan didn’t know, because he didn’t want her to worry.”
He passed away at home with his close family around him.
This is what a real man does. He takes the heavy burden put upon himself and carries it. He doesn’t burden those he loves with the information. He makes the most of every day, regardless of the obstacles and bleak projected outcome.
We can all learn a lot from this young, brave man. We can all strive to be more like him. Even with terminal cancer looming in the back of his mind, he made the most of his life and ensured that those around him were able to as well.
What a selfless act. In doing so, he was able to be treated normal in his last months on this earth and prevented everyone from grieving his loss before he was gone.
I just shed a tear filled with testosterone for Liam Wright. It is truly only the good that die young.
Let’s honor Liam Wright by sharing his story with your friends and family this holiday season.
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