Last week, Redditor tidder212 created a thread that has completely floored us.
It began with a simple question: “Redditors who know how much time they have left – how does your day look like?” The responses came from all corners of the globe, with men and women of all different ages sharing how terminal illnesses and serious accidents have affected their daily routines and how they approach life. Some have only months to live.
Here’s a small selection of their stories:
“I still go to work every day, I go to the gym, I visit friends, I have the occasional beer, I am renovating a house, and being single I am out and about dating… I am constantly asked why I still work. Well, I have to eat and put a roof over my head, plus what else am I going to do? I can’t be on holidays for what could be the next 10 years.” T_Max100
“Inoperable-brain-aneurysm-guy checking in. I don’t make long term goals or set too high of expectations for myself. I’ve found work that allows me to help people who really need it. I read a lot, and I think a lot, and I try to have fun hobbies.” menace64
“I was just given the ‘less than 5 years to live’ talk, yesterday. Up until this point I haven’t traveled much… whether it be because I had no money, or no time. Probably both. But it’s all I want to do. In a way, now I have all of the time in the world … I want to just experience this planet as much as I can … I want to make the world a better place than when I came. Help clean up the earth, take care of animals and volunteer.” – _ravenclaw
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“I have stage four lung cancer. I’m going to die, just like my uncle (who also had stage four lung cancer) did. It’s painful, every breath is like running a marathon. It’s taxing.” Anthony4713
“Some days I don’t want to get out of bed, and when I do I can’t seem to find the energy to leave the house. Those days are pretty rare though. I try and get out and walk every day. I have tumors all over my spine so when things go really bad for me, my legs will probably be first to go. I catch up with friends regularly and I find the time to visit them.” BeetrootRelish