In a moving and defiant article for the The New York Times, neurologist Oliver Sacks has announced he has terminal cancer.
Over the last few days, I have been able to see my life as from a great altitude, as a sort of landscape, and with a deepening sense of the connection of all its parts. This does not mean I am finished with life.
On the contrary, I feel intensely alive, and I want and hope in the time that remains to deepen my friendships, to say farewell to those I love, to write more, to travel if I have the strength, to achieve new levels of understanding and insight.
This will involve audacity, clarity and plain speaking; trying to straighten my accounts with the world. But there will be time, too, for some fun (and even some silliness, as well).
The whole piece is a reflection on life, death and living and, fittingly, is a joy to read.
Keep on keepin’ on Dr Sacks.
We look forward to hearing about your final adventures.
Link to ‘My Own Life: Oliver Sacks on Learning He Has Terminal Cancer’.