This photo of a 10-year-old boy, bald, pained look on his face, standing in his pull-ups diaper while clinging on to the bathroom sink is quickly going viral on Facebook. The photo may not be pretty, it’s admittedly hard to look at, but it’s a raw depiction of what life is like for a cancer patient — which is exactly why the boy’s mother posted it.
“The picture I’m posting is from this morning,” Drake’s mother captioned next to the photo of her son, who is currently undergoing chemo treatment. “And before you scream and cry ‘why would she post a picture of him in a pull up, the indecency’, well 1. It doesn’t show more than swimming jammers would and 2. Because life is not always politically correct and pretty, it is real. Life isn’t pretty, and cancer destroys a person.”
As most of my real friends and some members of my family know I am suffering from blood cancer and undergoing chemotherapy. Next week I am going in for a bone marrow transplant. I have just had an operation to repair my shattered spine and I suffer pain almost 24 hours a day. The chemotherapy is not nice and it is more than obvious it is destroying my body. There is no cure and the brutal truth is that it will kill me eventually. It has my body my mortal being but it shall never have my spirit ever. But you know I do not feel sorry for myself and I have never uttered the words of “Why me” it has got to be someone and it’s me. However I am a lucky man I have survived the Falklands war and Northern Ireland where others died and I am 56 years old and this little boy is 10. 10 years old and he has to deal with this dreadful cowardly illness. It breaks my heart to see children suffer from anything let alone this. And that is why I do not feel sorry for me I feel sorry for him and all those like him who haven’t even started their lives and this is what they face. It brings life in to real prospective. Next time something goes wrong like dropping your phone or finding a scratch on your car ask yourself “is it really that bad, is it a life changing event?” It’s not and you should understand that. Go out and enjoy the real things in life, the things you don’t pay for the things that matter.