Throughout the 13 weeks that lapsed from recurrence of the cancer in November, to his passing, Kienan showed extraordinary selflessness. At a time when he could be forgiven for shutting the world out, he brought the outside world in, by speaking publicly about his diagnosis, and his very uncertain future. This took extreme bravery at a time of unthinkable vulnerability.
Kienan’s positivity never waned, despite the hand of cards he had been dealt. In fact, through the angst and the heartache, he was determined to be heard, and to tell his story in an effort to help others. He took every opportunity to start the conversation about sarcoma, and to highlight the importance of never ignoring pain and changes in the body, or unexplained lumps and bumps. He did so with courage, resilience and positivity, often during his darkest moments. When we recently asked what we could do to make his life better, he wrote ” I’m fine – I don’t need anything. Awareness of this cancer. That’s all I care about”. Kienan continued to put others first with the unwavering love and support of his family.
We send our love and strength in abundance to Nicole, David, Cassel and Olivia, together with Kienan’s friends, as they contemplate their first days without him.
“Some people come into our lives and leave footprints on our hearts and we are never ever the same.” Flavia Weedn
We ask each one of you who reads this post to honour Kienan’s memory by not ignoring symptoms which could be potentially life saving.
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