These Terminally Ill Children Teach the World a Thing or Two About Life
Kids who grow up with severe illnesses often have much of their childhood robbed by their diseases. However, on their journeys, many gain immense wisdom about what matters most in life! This doctor asked his child patients what makes life meaningful, and their responses are as brilliant as they are heartbreaking. Their words will inspire you to connect, spread love, be grateful, and eat plenty of ice cream!
A Doctor’s Daring Question
Dr. Alastair McAlpine is a pediatrician in Cape Town, South Africa. He focuses on palliative care, meaning that he helps children with serious illnesses find relief from the pain and stress of their sickness. Recently, the kind-hearted doctor decided to ask his terminal patients what they found to be most meaningful in their lives. He posted their responses on Twitter, and their touching words of wisdom stirred hearts across the world!
Kicking Technology To The Curb
One of the biggest themes amongst the children was that they didn’t want to dedicate any more time to mindless technology. “NONE said they wish they’d watched more TV; NONE said they should have spent more time on Facebook,” McAlpine wrote. Rather, the kids were interested in more enriching, joy-inspiring experiences!
Enjoying Enriching Activities
Many patients praised activities that existed outside of the hospital. Majority loved experiences like going to the beach, listening to stories, playing with toys, and eating ice cream! The children also all “loved people who made them laugh,” reinforcing just how vital humor is when dealing with their diseases. But their passions in life weren’t simply limited to physical manifestations of joy!
Always Encouraging Kindness
Every last child held kindness, acceptance, and love to the highest standard. They all wished they hadn’t spent so much time worrying about the opinions of others! Many of the kids expressed gratitude for the friends who didn’t judge them after they lost their hair, had scars after surgeries, or started treatment for their illnesses. Above all, however, the patients seemed to be grateful for the comforting presence of their families.
Fostering Familial Love
According to McAlpine, “nothing was more important” to the kids than their siblings, parents, grandparents, and other family members. They loved them for making them laugh, hugging them, preparing them food, and simply spending time with them! A vast majority of the children were selflessly concerned with how their parents were coping with their illnesses. However, these bright kids have certainly made an impact with their wisdom that their family will carry with them for the rest of their lives!
More in Impact
Your Heart Will Melt Over This Canadian Township’s Sweet Initiative To Save Its Wildlife
In a time when human convenience seems to be valued over nature, it can be difficult to feel hopeful about the future...October 13, 2018
Home Gym Hacks: 5 Easy Ways To Work Out At Home
You know you should be working out more, yet there’s always some reason not to. Among the list of excuses is...October 12, 2018
This Energetic Shelter Dog Was Returned For The Saddest Reason, But The Pup Defied All Odds
For many disobedient dogs who end up in shelters, their chances of adoption are slim to none. However, when one kind-hearted woman...October 11, 2018
Vietnam Veteran Gets His Lost Purple Heart Back Thanks To A Fellow Vet
The Purple Heart is a high honor in the military for those wounded or killed while serving. An elderly veteran unknowingly lost...October 9, 2018
This Miracle Treatment Is Helping Paralyzed People Walk Again
An innovative idea developed by researchers is truly making the impossible happen. With a well-crafted stimulator implanted over the spinal cord,...October 8, 2018
This Is What Happened When Passengers In A Car Littered In Front Of This Biker
Throwing trash on the ground isn’t a good look for anyone. Not only does littering have serious consequences for our environment,...October 8, 2018
This Mom Initially Didn’t Vaccinate Her Son, Now She’s Warning Against Anti-Vaxing
The 21st century has seen the rise of a new group of parents: anti-vaxxers. But one mother is hoping that a...October 7, 2018
Pastor Rescues Pets Abandonded in Hurricane Florence
When Hurricane Florence hit the east coast, it brought with it historic and catastrophic rainfall. The storm was so powerful that...October 6, 2018
Beyoncé and Jay Z Are Giving This Student A $100K College Scholarship, And Her Reaction Is Priceless
A high school senior was completely stunned by a surprise gift from none other than Beyoncé and Jay Z! Star Student...October 5, 2018