Wednesday, February 02, 2005

Ivan Noble

I woke up to this sad news. Ivan Noble, a BBC journalist, died of cancer, that he had been fighting for the last two years. He was writing an account of his brain tumor treatment in a tumor diary on the BBC website. His story is truly inspirational. He will live on in the hearts and minds of millions of readers like me. I feel like I have lost a close friend of mine.

In one post he writes about the tsunami,

"Everyone should have known the tsunami was coming. Next time they must. I do not know if science will uncover enough about my cancer to slide the dial just far enough for me. But we have the technology that could have warned millions about the quake. Next time people must be given a chance."

In his last post he writes,

"I will end with a plea. I still have no idea why I ended up with a cancer, but plenty of other cancer patients know what made them ill.

If two or three people stop smoking as a result of anything I have ever written then the one of them who would have got cancer will live and all my scribblings will have been worthwhile."

He also writes,

"I have not been defeated."

and he was not.

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