Goodbye Ivan

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Goodbye Ivan

BBC journalist Ivan Noble has finally lost his long battle against brain cancer. His journal, which I dipped into from time to time, documented a struggle that seemed hard to comprehend.

Ivan wishes in his final column that his words have helped convince at least one person to give up smoking and avoid the suffering he has had to endure. I find that amazingly selfless, being that Ivan developed brain cancer through no fault of his own… yet smokers are actively choosing their fate.

Each day I glance out of the window to the smoking shelter and watch many people, including some of my friends, puff away. It’s a cruel world when many of those who choose to flaunt their wellbeing will outlive someone with so much desire to survive.

Goodbye Ivan – rest in peace.