I first heard of Alice through the Post Pals charity. (You can see my previous post about it here - see how nice I am, linking you to it, and everything? - or, better still, visit the Post Pals website) I'd tell you about here, but what better way to do than through her own words? From her Blogger profile:
Hi, I'm 15 years old and live with my parents and sister in Ulverston. I've been fighting cancer for almost 4 years and now I know that the cancer is gaining on me and it doesn't look like I'm going to win this one :( I'm hoping to write in here as much as I can and I'm also going to show my bucket list which I'm trying to get done before I have to go. Hopefully, I'll update as I tick each one off the list :)
Her blog is simply called 'Alice's Bucket List' (that was another link, by the way. In case you didn't notice), and well, it does exactly what it says on the tin. But also, much more.
It is a story full of positivity and strength, made all the more touching because this isn't just something in a novel you can pick up and put down at will; it is someone's life. It is a glimpse into the lives of Alice and her whole family (including her sister Milly who deserves a major shout-out too; she's an amazing fundraiser, as well as suffering from a condition called Crouzon Syndrome herself - and reminds you that the way bad things - whether health-wise, life-wise, or anything-wise - affect you is all down to your attitude. Where there is darkness, there must be light. Falling down, no matter how hard or how far or for how long, must always be followed by getting up again. This is what Alice does, despite the trials she has gone through, and the challenges facing her.
(Now you can see where the post title is coming from, right? So, Tora, if you'll forgive me this once for having it so straight-up and 'obvious', I think it really has some meaning.)
I am not saying Alice is Superwoman. She is an ordinary girl in extraordinary, harrowing circumstances that unfortunately affect too many people, who has decided that this chapter of her journey should be shared with the world.
(Am I preaching? I really hope I'm not. And if I am, well, let's just hope it has some kind of purpose. I think it does.)
So. Go there. Read and take inspiration. And then come back here and finish reading this post and see how different the light you see it in is.
I'll leave a space here to indicate you reading Alice's blog.
Sorta makes you appreciate being alive, doesn't it?