Elliot Dallen, who was fighting cancer has passed away this Monday. The 31 year old man used to pen down his prospect of dying and battling with life and death in the form of blogs.
The London based blogger, posted ‘Call to Arm’ which was his last published piece of his work on his blog The Cortisol Dairies.
He wanted to raise money for one his favorite charities , Trekstock, which is supporting young people fighting with cancer. The former Barclays employee was diagnosed with adrenal cortical carcinoma (ACC), a rare and aggressive cancer.
Before it was diagnosed, a ‘massive’ tumour was found on his adrenal gland two years ago. After months of symptoms including a bloated face, problems sleeping and bladder issues, he succumbed.
The Switch and Calls to Arms was a heart-wrenching post from Elliot. He shared his feelings about his thoughts during the lockdown.
He expressed his craving for the life that he might have had if we wasn’t ill. He wanted to get married and have a family of his own.
Elliot had mentioned about how he planned ‘more of the same’ for his 30s ‘and possibly some settling down for the usually hectic 40s and 50s with kids, mortgage etc.’
The confirmation of his death was given by his sister Annabel on Monday. She told the newspaper: ‘Because of the timing of things, it meant that people from across the world were wishing Elliot well as he was going, which is a quite a nice thing to think.’
Elliot Dallen: The Cancer Blogger
His blog got published in the Gaurdian newspaper on the same day. The readers were so moved with teary eyes. The stirring peice was heart-wrenching. Even on his last days, he seemed to teach positivity about life. Mr Dallen spoke honestly to motivating his readers to enjoy every moment of life.
Annabel also mentioned that her brother was not able to read the article. Even though he was quite aware of the response it got from the readers.
‘He definitely smiled and while he didn’t have the energy that he had when the first article appeared, which really gave him a special buzz and excitement, you could tell there was a sparkle in his eye.’
Response on Elliot’s latest post:
All those who read Elliot’s latest post have responded with immense love and praise.
One wrote: ‘I don’t know what to say but I just want you to know that you’ve made an impact on my life, you write so openly and honestly about your situation.’
Another added: ‘Thank you for allowing us to get to know you; you are one incredible person. I have learned a lot from you. Thank you too for your candor. Wishing you nothing but warmth and peace.’