Having to deal with a terminal illness will totally change a person’s perception of life. Many of us are used to plan out our future but when placed in this situation, we cannot help but think about death. Once they receive the bad news from their doctors, they are forced to face the reality which is something that is difficult to accept at times.
Only the most exceptional people would be able to do so with a brave heart.
Sonia Todd from Moscow, Idaho was diagnosed with a terminal stage of cancer. She knew that her death is imminent so she did something very unusual. She wrote her own obituary! The way she did it was with pure humor and poise but it was very inspirational. Sonia was only 38 when she passed away but before this happened, the obituary she wrote and how she confronts her own passing is incredible.
She wrote: “I don’t like the timeline format because let’s face it, I never really accomplished anything of note.” She also said that other than giving birth to her two wonderful, loveable, witty, and amazing sons James and Jason, aside from marrying his very understanding and precious husband, Brian, and also accepting the Lord Jesus Christ as her own personal savior, she has accomplished so little in her life.
She said that this is her version of the truth:
“I just tried to do the best I could. ” She said that sometimes she succeeded but most of the time she failed, but at least she tried. She continued, “For all of my crazy comments, jokes, and complaints, I really did love people. ” The only thing that separates her from anyone else is the type of sin that each person is participating in.
She admitted that she doesn’t always do the right thing, or say the right thing. “When you come to the end of your life those are the things you really regret, the small simple things that hurt other people. ”
Sonia may not have the perfect life and she has encountered many bumps in the road. She said that if she could, she would scrap the years of her life from 14 to 22 and would remove most of her fashion disasters and her hair missteps from the 80s.
“But mostly, I enjoyed life. Some parts of it were harder than others, but I learned something from every bad situation and I couldn’t do any more than that.”
She also joked that dying young will have some benefits to it. She said that she still owes on her student loans, “…the joke’s on them [because] I’m not paying them.” She will also not be afraid of serial killers, telemarketers, or the IRS anymore. And she also would not need to worry about wrinkles or the ozone layer, and even hide from the news during the election season!