A few months ago a vlog by a lad called Daniel Thomas appeared on my YouTube suggestions. Out of curiosity I clicked the link and began to listen to Daniel’s story. Dan, known affectionally as “PeeWeeToms” was suffering from a rare form of cancer called a Sarcoid Carcinoma. In layman’s terms it seems that people normally get one of these two types i.e. a sarcoma or a carcinoma. However, poor Dan was one of only 16 cases recorded world-wide to have both. I won’t go into the details of his condition as I’d probably get my facts wrong. The blog below was one of the first Dan published, and gives you an introduction into what he was going through.
In a nutshell, Dan had an incredibly rare terminal cancer. He was going to die, probably within months at most, and there was next to nothing medical science could do for him. However, Dan was an incredible fighter and he simply wouldn’t take no for an answer. Every avenue was explored. He’d be given hope only for the latest round of scans and tests to show that hope didn’t really exist. But undeterred Dan kept looking for answers. All the while his tumours became more prevalent and his body more infested by cancer. Nothing was stopping it.
Despite all this Dan maintained a remarkably upbeat persona. No doubt we saw him in his better moments. Most of the time he was in pain and suffering terribly at the hands of this vicious disease. Over the last month or so there was a heartbreakingly marked change in his appearance. Weight loss was shocking and he began to look like the end must be near. Yet, instead of giving in and accepting his fate he fought more than ever. He fought right up to his final breath. Even at the end he kept death waiting until he was ready to leave.
Rest in Peace, Daniel.