#amod­ern­tragedy

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Like most tweeps, I’ve tweeted what I’m watch­ing on TV, what I’m plan­ning to eat for sup­per and even which celebri­ties I’ve spot­ted dur­ing my trav­els. I might have men­tioned the odd make-up melt­down, bad hair day or fash­ion disas­ter too.

My hus­band has even com­plained that I’ve been ad­dicted to Twit­ter since I first joined the con­ver­sa­tion in 2008.

But would I tweet that I had a ter­mi­nal ill­ness, or live from my death bed? It’s a ques­tion I hope never to have to face, but one ter­mi­nally ill can­cer pa­tient is plan­ning to do just that. Kate Granger, who is a doc­tor from the UK, has even come up with a hash­tag name #deathbedlive so fol­low­ers can keep up to date with her tweets.

When asked if she was se­ri­ous about the idea, she an­swered “Deadly”. Al­ready long past her “ex­piry date” – she was told she had roughly 14 months to live shortly af­ter be­ing di­ag­nosed in Au­gust 2011 – Kate has sur­vived, per­haps, be­cause of her dark hu­mour. It’s in­fec­tious. When she asked her hus­band if it would be “fat to have an­other bun”, he replied, “Yes but you’re dy­ing, dar­ling, so does it mat­ter?” Read her in­cred­i­bly brave story on and let me know what you would do in the same tragic po­si­tion. Un­til next week,

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