Comic Puts Together 'Bucket List,' Only to Be Told He Wasn't Dying
This is no joke. It's a true story.
Dave Ismay was told by doctors he had cirrhosis of the liver, a condition often resulting from excessive alcohol use, reports the Daily Mail.
But Ismay, 64, of Ashby-de-la-Zouch, who is not a heavy drinker, was so devastated by the diagnosis that he decided to live out his last days in style, much like the terminally ill characters portrayed by Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman in the 2007 film "The Bucket List."
"To be told you only have three months left to live really focuses your mind and brings everything into perspective," Ismay said. "All the things that you said you were going to do but never did suddenly seem really important."
Some of the things on Ismay's list included buying a new Mercedes, traveling to Australia, playing golf in Ireland, appearing in a pantomime production and, not surprisingly, immortality.
But, two months after his initial diagnosis, Ismay found out he wasn't near death. Instead, he was suffering from haemochromatosis, a treatable, hereditary condition caused by an excess of iron in his blood but which displays symptoms similar to liver cirrhosis.
Now, after treatment has lowered Ismay's iron levels, setting him on the path to a healthier lifestyle, his new lease on life hasn't diminished his zest for living.
"I might have written 'immortality' on the list, thinking I would never achieve it, but it turns out I wasn't as far off as I imagined," he said.
Read more at the Daily Mail.