Nothing puts your life in perspective like facing the end.
Wilko Johnson — Dr. Feelgood guitarist and Game of Thrones actor who plays executioner Ser Ilyn Payne — has terminal pancreatic cancer, and on January 25, 2013, he told Radio 4's Front Row he was given 9 or 10 months to live. He refused chemotherapy when it was clear it would only had another couple of months to his life.
When he got the cancer news from his doctor, he actually felt good. "We walked out of there and I felt an elation of spirit," Wilko said (via the BBC). "You're walking along and suddenly you're vividly alive. You're looking at the trees and the sky and everything and it's just 'whoah.' I am actually a miserable person. I've spent most of my life moping in depressions and things, but this has all lifted."
His late wife, Irene, lost her cancer battle eight years ago. He said he still cries thinking about her, but he's nowhere near that sad when facing his own end. "Right now it's just fantastic — it makes you feel alive. Just walking down the street you really feel alive. Every little thing you see, every cold breeze against your face, every brick in the road, you think 'I'm alive, I'm alive' — I hope I can hang onto that."
Did you ever think you'd read such a beautiful endorsement of terminal cancer? Read more from Wilko here. He’s really living right now, which is something not all of us can say.