This 11-year-old cancer victim decided to enjoy life as it came instead of going through the painful process of cancer medication and he used the Facebook medium to share this with his family and friends.
For more than half of his life Reece Puddington has had cancer and now as he decides to discontinue taking potentially life-prolonging drugs, he wants to tell all about it through his status update.
AdvertisementIn 2008, Puddington from Kent, England, was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a cancer of the nervous system.
His mother Kay Puddington said, "Reece has been so good, he never moans. He just got tired of the whole regime. So the rest of the family took on board how he felt and we made the decision to end his treatment. He would have gone on to new drugs, but the side-effects are always sickness, fatigue and nausea."
Through his decision, Puddington said he will lose his life early, but he wants everything to go naturally. He said that had he not done this, he would have had to continue with his trips to hospital and deal with the side effects of medication.
He wrote, "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?..."
Following his diagnosis, he had chemotherapy. But in 2012 his condition became critical and it spread to his bone marrow, chest, left side of the pelvis and his right thigh bone.