11 YEAR OLD REECE PUDDINGTON TAKES DECISION TO STOP BATTLING CANCER – 11 year old Reece Puddington was originally diagnosed with a liver tumour in May 2008 and after nearly two years of intensive treatment, and despite the prognosis being bleak, he was declared cancer-free in early 2010.
It was a time of great joy and relief for Reece and his mum, Kay, but those days of elation were short lived for in 2012, doctors declared that Reece had another tumour, again in his liver, and that this time there was no cure.
With Reece being diagnosed twice with neuroblastoma and knowing that this time it was terminal was without question the most horrific and devastating news a child and his parents could possibly imagine.
Today Reece, from Whitstable, Kent, told reporters that he has decided against taking more treatment for this would involve countless trips to hospitals, tests and probing that would effectively prolong his life by a very small amount; instead Reece has decided that he would rather spend the little time he has preparing for his own death.
It is, I can assure you, almost impossible for me to write this; I have to keep stopping to wipe away the tears for at nearly 50 years of age I’ve live a pretty full and interesting life and the injustice to this loss is simply beyond anything mere words could aptly describe.
I’ve paid witness to this before, that is watching a child succumb to cancer and though it was many years ago, the images still haunt me today and yet have also allowed me to appreciate just how precious life is and how in times of hardship allows me to realise just how fortunate I am – maybe this is a good time for all of us to reflect on our lives and consider just how fortunate we truly are.
Today Reece wrote on his Facebook page and titled it ‘The Beginning of the End’ and gave the following statement…
As you know after the latest scan results I was sent home to rest and think over the two possible options.
I could opt for another trial, but this would mean travelling a lot to the hospital and coping with the side effects, but could also hopefully extend my life, or I could simply do nothing, stay at home and let nature take its course which would lead to me lose my life slightly earlier than if I’d had more treatment.
My mum had always hoped over the last five to six years that she would have the courage to know when enough was enough.
After careful consideration, my mum thought that if she was doing it for herself she would keep sending me for treatment as she wouldn’t want to let me go, but if she was doing it for me she’d let me go.
Well, she’s letting me go…” Reece Puddington, Facebook
Early January Reece, like many before him, produced a unique bucket list of things he would like to experience before he dies; these included meeting Johnny Depp dressed up as Captain Jack Sparrow, seeing his mother learn to drive and building a Hobbit House in his back garden. They are in my opinion, modest requests and with well-wishers around the world pulling together a number of Reece’s bucket list wishes have been fulfilled.
From his Facebook page it is clear that I am not alone in public grief for over 300 people have begun following Reece and leaving messages of encouragement and love.
With recent tests, doctor’s announced that his cancer has spread to his bone marrow, chest and to the left side of his pelvis and right thigh bone; it is not clear at this stage how long Reece has left.
Currently Reece is raising money for Families Against Neuroblastoma; after just reviewing his fundraising page I am delighted to announce that there has been an overwhelming response with some 617 people now donating a total of £15,540.57 – I suspect if you look at his fundraising page in the next few minutes it would have risen further.
Certainly our hopes and prayers are with Reece and his family and there can be no questioning the fact that Reece Puddington is one very brave and special individual.
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