A Real “Bucket List” Man Cheats Death

December 23rd, 2010 · No Comments

Your doctor gets this terrible look on his face. It’s the dreaded end-of-life chat.

“We’re very sorry, but we have bad news. You have only three months to live.”

What do you do?

If you’re like Dave Ismay, a comedian who lives in England, you make out a bucket list and then you go for it. You just don’t care if doing your list means you go through your entire life savings. Your life is over, after all.

Dave’s list went like this:

1. Buy a $40,000 Mercedes (hey, he wants to go out in style)

2. Appear in a pantomine show (He plays Mother Goose on stage and has a blast)

3. Play golf at a very snazzy club in Ireland (why not?)

4. Go to Australia (always wanted to see it)

5. Take grandson to a soccer game (male bonding thing).

6. Write a book (leave something behind)

Three months later, Dave’s time is up on earth and he has gone through his life savings for his bucket list. He is planning a big kick-off party, but first he has to go back to his doctor.

The doctor tells Dave that he does not have a terminal illness after all. Dave’s going to live.

When this physician says it’s time to celebrate, Dave replied, “Since you’re not going to be at my funeral, you can’t come to my party either.”

Today Dave says life is great even though his savings are all gone, and he’s not sure whether to laugh or cry. He also says that “When you are told that you only have three months to live, all the things you said you were going to do but never did suddenly become really important.”

Good for Dave Ismay that he did his bucket list.

Good for his doctor that their end-of-life chat wasn’t about a physician-assisted suicide. That could have been the last thing on his bucket list.

Felice Navidad from Arizona, Dave Ismay.

Life, what a beautiful choice.

Tags: Against assisted suicide · Assisted suicide · Choices and Compassion · Compassion and Choices · Physician ASsisted Suicide · Suicide Prevention