A 31-year-old man who blogged about the prospect of dying in the final weeks of his life has passed away hours after his moving piece was published.
Elliot Dallen, who lives in London, posted a "Call to Arms" on his blog, The Cortisol Diaries, to raise funds for one of his favorite charities, Trekstock, which helps young people with cancer.
The former Barclays employee was diagnosed with adrenal carcinoma (ACC), a rare and aggressive cancer, after a "massive" tumor was found on his adrenal gland two years ago after months of symptoms such as bloated face, sleep disorders and bladder problems.
In the heartbreaking post titled The Switch and Call to Arms, which was also published in the Guardian, he discussed how he was reflecting on the life he may have had, including getting married and having children, during the lockdown.
The rousing piece captured hearts around the world, and readers were moved to tears as Mr. Dallen spoke honestly and encouraged his reader to enjoy every moment in life.
His sister Annabel confirmed the 31-year-old passed away on Monday and thanked readers for their support.
She told the Guardian, "Because of the timing of things, it meant people from all over the world wished Elliot all the best, which is a very nice thing."
She said her brother couldn't read the article but was aware of the response.
"He was definitely smiling and although he didn't have the energy he had when the first article came out, which really gave him a special excitement and excitement, you could tell his eye was sparkling."
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Elliot Dallen, 31, who lives in London, was diagnosed with rare adrenal cancer in 2018. In his latest post on his blog, The Cortisol Diaries, he reflected on the life he might have had and spoke openly about the prospect of death
He's also been brutally honest about how his body has failed him in recent months and how hopes that a drug trial could keep his cancer in check have been crushed.
In the post published Aug. 28, Elliot says he planned "more of the same" for his 30s and possibly settled down with kids, mortgages, etc. for the normally hectic 40s and 50s. "
He describes in harrowing detail – and often with humor – his dramatic weight loss in recent weeks and how he realized that "life is there for life" after long-awaited access to a drug trial left him with "a shell of who" I was".
Elliot, who studied at Exeter University and has traveled extensively, wrote: “After hoping for this idea for so long, it only took 10 days for it to hit me.
“My days included moving from my room to the sofa, feeling like I had the flu, and the mental fog that so often comes with chemotherapy.
“And almost immediately I realized that I just couldn't. For me, life is about living and not just upgrading the years. & # 39;
Elliot pictured with his sister; The 31-year-old calls on people to do something for others in his emotional post
Elliot also leaves five things for readers that he thinks are important. the importance of positivity and gratitude; be vulnerable and connect with others, do something for others and protect the planet.
He also says that "a life is long enough if lived well" and asks readers to appreciate their well-being, saying, "The human body is a wonderful thing. They only appreciate it when it is starts to fail you and when you physically finish your waking hours it turns into a 12 hour struggle. & # 39;
Those who read Elliot's latest post responded with praise.
One wrote, "I don't know what to say, but I just want you to know that you have influenced my life. You are so frank and honest about your situation."
Another added: “Thank you for allowing us to meet you; You are an amazing person. I learned a lot from you. Thank you also for your openness. I wish you nothing but warmth and peace. & # 39;
He ends the post by saying what would make him happy and writes: “Aside from the obvious fact that I will look after each other and help with grief after my departure, I will urge that people really donate to charity. & # 39;
To date, Elliot has raised more than £ 12,000 for Trekstock.
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