Face of the day

"Every day starts with me not being dead, and what a fantastic way to start each day," Jake Bailey says. JAKE BAILEY/SUPPLIED

“Every day starts with me not being dead, and what a fantastic way to start each day,” Jake Bailey says.
JAKE BAILEY/SUPPLIED

“Every day starts with me not being dead, and what a fantastic way to start each day,” Jake Bailey says.

“I did not pray to live. Instead I asked if this was going to be the thing that killed me, that I faced it with strength.

“If it was going to kill me, it would do it on my terms, and I would not die a coward. Not wanting to let fear dictate my death anymore than it had dictated my life.

“But no, no way, there was not a chance in hell that I was going to die of this.”

During his treatment Bailey learned some important life lessons, like what it means to embrace each day.

“I was dying to get home from school, I was dying for the weekends, I was dying for the school holidays, and then before I knew it I was dying in Christchurch hospital,” he said.

“The most important thing that this has taught me is to take each day at a time.”

Bailey has been in remission for four months now and his battle with cancer has put life into perspective.

“There’s no excuse to not appreciate life fully.

“You owe it to the people who are unable to.”

– Stuff


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