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    Lived a lifetime in 3 years --- Diagnosed at 17 with bone cancer, Alex Lewis underwent intensive treatment but knew he wanted to cram as much life as possible into the time he had left. In three years he experienced what some people take a lifetime to achieve, including meeting and marrying the love of his life. He died shortly after his 22nd birthday.

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    Diagnosed at 17 with bone cancer, Alex Lewis underwent intensive treatment but knew he wanted to cram as much life as possible into the time he had left. In three years he experienced what some people take a lifetime to achieve, including meeting and marrying the love of his life. He died shortly after his 22nd birthday. Alex Lewis had been suffering from pain in his arm for several months. He played a lot of tennis and football, so it was easy to imagine he had pulled some muscles. But the pain did not go away. By the time he was diagnosed, the cancer had already spread to his lungs. He underwent intense chemotherapy and then a bone in his arm was replaced with a metal prosthesis. Despite further surgery and radiotherapy the tumours continued to spread. As he started to confront the prospect of dying, Alex vowed to live each day with as much zest and energy as he could muster. He didn't want his life to be defined by his illness. "It makes you realise just how precious life is. Life is actually amazing, but to make the most of every minute you do have to look at everything in a positive way," Alex said. Alex went on a slew of the kind of adventures that many people might spread over a lifetime as rare thrills and treats. He went parachute jumping in New Zealand, dune buggy riding in Dubai and cliff diving in Cornwall. He took a spur of the moment trip to Australia, booking tickets just two days before he travelled to meet friends there for beach parties. In between trips he endured further treatments, but rarely did that smile leave his face. Alex was an optimist and was determined to squeeze the most out of life. "I'm having almost the time of my life in a way," he said. "I mean, imagine if you could feel like I do now, but just for your whole life - that would be incredible because you'd make the most of everything. You'd feel like I'm not wasting time."....... Click the pic for full story

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