"Today is a good day! Yesterday, I attended the hospital to learn about the recent results of my biopsy. The consultant told me that I will start a six month course of chemotherapy next Wednesday to reduce the size of my body nodes and make my condition more manageable.
Learning that one has a terminal illness and coming to terms with the fact that all life is finite, including your own, is naturally a shock to one's system at first, but after the news has been digested, chewed over and swallowed, there are upsides.
So many times throughout my life I have seen films, heard stories or read tales about some fortune teller using the tarot cards to tell one's future. Occasionally, the card of death is turned to the horror of both teller and recipient. And yet, receiving such news isn't all downhill.
First, it allows one the opportunity to put things right that they might not otherwise get. It enables one to go where they have not yet gone; to do what they have not yet done and say what they have so far left unsaid. Surely, such an opportunity must be much better than leaving a person without the knowledge that they were loved by you; being hit by a ten-ton truck or a runaway train, having a fatal stroke in the middle of a birthday party or keeling over at a church wedding with a massive and deadly heart attack!
Having always been a person who has preferred to face the truth than avoid the facts, I wouldn't have it otherwise than it is. To anyone who has lived a full life, a good life and a happy life that has been blessed by family and friends; to anyone who has lived the life they chose to live and who met their soul mate, last love and best love along the way, there can be no greater happiness or regrets.
While none of us knows the very moment that final curtain will descend, I have been so blessed in my span of life to date to have taken my final bow on three occasions at the ages of 11, 40 and 58 years, only to discover that the curtain has risen again for another encore. I think that dying and waking up in heaven must be a lot like that." William Forde: April 10th, 2014.