to get things in perspective.

December 7, 2006

When I started writing this blog, I said to myself that I wouldn’t have a limit on the types of thing I wanted to post. Primarily, I wanted it to be for my writings and pictures, but I suppose I wanted it to be whatever was there at the time. So what’s on my mind today?

Josie Grove.josie grove

All over the media today, Josie is a 16-year-old girl from Northumberland who was diagnosed two years ago with a rare form of leukaemia. After two years of needles and therapy, which has unfortunately failed to impact on her cancer, she has decided to reject any further treatment and has chosen to live her life as full as she can for the next few months she has left.
In a weird way, I feel like I almost want to meet the young lady. No, not in a weird creepy way, but I almost want to meet her, see how she is really is and congratulate her on her attitude. In the sick way the mind works, I’ve thought about this and always hoped that I’d have the balls to do what’s right for me in that situation – especially if it was to continue receiving treatment and be weak and ill for the slightest chance, or to live life as fully as I could for the time I had left. She has more balls than me, especially right now.
Today she will receive a bravery award after being nominated by her nurses at the hospital she stayed at before. She obviously makes an impression on everyone she meets and spends time with. If you can’t be impacted by a brave woman in this situation, then you’ve completely lost touch with reality. More than anything, it just makes you think how much of your time you’re wasting.
I found it very interesting the way the story was covered. Arguably the most emotive way was the BBC news last night, when you could see her father welling up as he told how proud he was of her and her decisions. However, I did not like the Times headline of ‘Take me home to die, says cancer girl’. I’d rather they’d tried to identify her as something else other than ‘cancer girl’. It’s too cold, factual and has no grasp of the emotion or situation- which really, let’s face it is the point of covering the story. I find it a bit condescending, in the way it sounds.

She’s definitely a very mature woman, who realises that certain thing’s are there to be accepted and the only thing you can do is make the best of a bad situation. She could be on a street corner, smashing up things and acquiring ASBOs. She’s an absolute credit to herself and her family.

Just hope she has the best time she can and that life is an adventure from now on for her. Stay beautiful.

BBC video news report.


4 Responses to “to get things in perspective.”

  1. Tom said

    I’ve blogged about Josie too. Her story has particularly significance to me because she lives close by and we’ve experienced cancer recently too. She has a very mature head on young shoulders – her courage, fortitude and strength of mind is an inspiration to everyone.

  2. J said


    I suppose I feel this is a very emotive subject. I;ve had nightmares about this when i was young. I hope you’re doing well.

    i tried to check your blog but it’s no’ public, log in and try again later!

  3. Lauren said

    Josie was and forever will the best human being I have ever known. I know everyone says this but Josie really did have a true love of life. She loved every minute and lived her life to the full. I’m just sorry you didn’t get a chance to meet her. She would have rocked your world…I know she did mine. Now she’s in the arms of the angels up above, may they help her to rest in peace. xxxx
    a close friend of Josie.

  4. J said

    Hi Lauren,

    Thanks for reading, I really appreciate you stopping the time to drop by.

    It’s weird but every now and again she pops into my mind- very strange.
    I suppose I think everyone should have a leveller; something that makes them realise their own existence.

    I can’t even imagine how hard it must be for her friends and family to lose such a vibrant girl. I hope her memory brings you comfort always,

    Stay beautiful,


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