Received the below e-mail article from my beloved sister in Mandarin.
Your understanding of it, with translation, hope it will be a source of warmth to you, that you may love and cherish, everyone that comes across your path, as what the author has intended this to be.
The article was written by a reporter in Taiwan, it's about a man who had contracted cancer, after seeking for treatment, situation did not improved, and hope diminished.
Left with two hours of his life, he chose to ...............
The article started with...,
" If you have come to the end, Unable to walk, unable to talk, unable to think well, unable to eat, it's on life supporting machine, going to bid farewell.....
and the doctor asked, giving you an opportunity, which you have two hours, let you go back to the world that you are familiar with, what is the thing you most desire to do ? "
In darkness, inside the cinema, seeing a man accompanying his children......
he had, at his last breathe, chose to accompany his two children, watched " Shrek The Third "
身高 一百八十公分 ，體重九十幾公斤的他，就像史瑞克一樣壯，健保卡只用過兩次，都是洗牙，從未生病，唯一例外是當兵時曾檢查Ｂ型肝炎帶原，但不曾有過異狀。
38 years old, he was healthy, owned a business that had sale just surpassed TWND one billion...... One day he had a non-stop diarrhea..
Earlier upon diagnosis, the doctor gave him 6 months to live. it was difficult to accept this news....
這個青天霹靂，讓他一夜瘦了 三公斤 ，此後三天不吃、不說，神情呆滯，無法接受這個玩笑。
All his dreams was shattered.
Had tried liver transplant, however the cancer cells grew to other parts of his body. Within a very short time, he was unable to walk, unable to talk, and vomitted more than 20 times per day.
His daughter brought her Shrek toy to the hospital after lunched at Mc Donald, she told the father that she wished to watch the movie " Shrek The Third "
She had wanted her father to hold her like Shrek had hold his little shreks, for a loooooooong hundred years.
He then enquired from the doctor whether he could be out of the hospital.
The doctor advised that according to his health condition, the most he can be outside the hospital was 40-50 mintutes.
But to help fulfill his heart's desire, the doctor help trained him being away from his sick bed, starting with 5 minutes, gradually to 10 minutes, and progressing to 20 minutes....
He had booked the seats for the entire cinema. invited all his friends and relatives to come, watched the movie with his children.
It was at 12 noon that day......
He tried hard to open his eyes, unable to talk, tears welled up & he was so touched to see his friends & families there.
even before the show began, everyone was broken beyond words.
The cinema has the least laughter from audiences ever since the movie was put on screen for the public.
In between the show, he was vomitting, and the doctor was attending to him....
At the end of the show, Shrek and his wife have three little shreks with them, going through another stage of life together....
At the end of the show, the children were sobbing uncontrollably....
If Shrek and his family had seen what had happened in the cinema, I believe....
Shrek & his family would have been touched too.....
" I have never hated myself such as today for being a reporter, as on this day, witnessing the touching moment of what this man had chosen to do, spending time with his family watching a movie, i have to hold back my emotion, continued asking the family regarding the situation, yet can't do much for them.
Nevertheless I felt honoured to witness this moment of truth. as a reporter.
my desire is to bring this story to others, with hope to encourage everyone, to cherish and to love........through my writting.
" Take good care of your health, appreciate the people who come across your path."
"In the beginning, covering with blanket, my daughter cried always, asking what will happened ? because she will loose her daddy "
I told her " I am going to loose my husband too " the wife reportedly said.
" But, we must live on....because we have each other, we must find strength to live on..."
Turning to her son," Other candle can burnt for up to 12 hours, your daddy's candle has burned for 6 hours because he burned it too fast, too bright...."
" Everyday let's live life worthily, responsibly,..."
From the time I bade them farewell, taking the MRT back to writting this article, my tears just didn't seem to stop......
The next day, it was headline in the news, thinking back how that particular day was, tears well up in my eyes again without fail.
A week later,
" If possible, I would like you to pass on before me, i would go through the sorrow myself rather than you having to go through it.........." saying " sorry " to his wife.
He passed on and left his family.
I have watched the movie Shrek, I have forgotten how the drama was. Shrek The Third, was a comedy. The real life drama that i witnessed, was a sad ending.
The doctor words before the show started to ring in me.....
...."If you have come to the end, unable to walk, unable to talk,.....on life supporting machine, going to bid farewell.....giving you an opportunity,..have two hours,....what is the thing you most desire to do ????
如果是你, 你會做什麼 ????
what will you do, if it is you ?