Alex: A Life Fast Forward.

Hi Peeps,

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So here we are, having arrived at Friday again….gateway to the weekend and the promise of more fun.

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Our past week has been a good one indeed, with Big H continuing to improve in leaps and bounds.

Even his self-injections are becoming easier for him now.

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For the first month, he has found that actually inserting the needle was quite a hard thing to do, with the business of preparing the needle and dosage etc being the easy part.

It was the last few seconds that was the problem.

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No matter the concentration, and firm intention, to insert the needle quickly and with aplomb, it was just not happening.

Since the episode of being carted off to hospital, he has had the shakes , and this would happen quite violently at the last minute.

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The poor thing ended up hitting his leg with the incredibly sharp needle, just like a sewing machine, leaving lots of holes….or…..suddenly jerking about and leaving swastika like scratches around the eventual point of insertion.

Other times, he would cause big holes that bled copiously down his leg.

And the huge bruises that resulted, probably from gripping the flesh of the intended site far too hard!

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In the end, I was ordered not to watch until he cracked had the problem.

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But he eventually got control of it, and now he can inject like a champion….he is the Scorpion King, thank goodness!

The whole thing is amazing, and of course it is saving his life.

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It is wonderful because just a few years ago there would have been nothing that they could have done to help him.

We are so lucky.

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It was all brought home to me last night, when Big H went out to play computer games at his friend’s house.

I stayed in and watched a programme on BBC3 at nine o’clock.

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It was called Alex: A Life fast Forward, and it was amazing even though I cried my eyes out at the end.

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It told the story of Alex Lewis, who had bone cancer, which was discovered when he was about 17.

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Instead of feeling sorry for himself and feeling hard done to, he decided to live the short time he might have left, in a positive and life affirming way.

He crowded his life with ‘firsts’, and enjoyed experiencing new things and new experiences, and enjoying his friends and family to the full.

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When he reached about 21 he had done everything but truly fall in love and get married to ‘the one’.

And he even managed that!

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What a beautiful young man he was, truly likable, charming and engaging….and brave….as were his family and friends….and his wife.

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Do you know, I think that this film of his last years was a gift.

I think that it will have an effect upon everyone who sees it, and in future when I get a bit down I think that I will remember him and be helped to get over it.

I think that his life may have been far too short but this programme was a fine legacy and everyone should watch it.

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So, a meaningful night for me and no doubt many others.

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You should watch the BBC 3 ‘catch-up’ service and meet him yourself.

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He died shortly after his 22nd birthday.

God Bless Alex.

J,x.

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