THE word inspirational is often bandied around as we seek to describe people who, in some way, go a step further than the majority.
It is, perhaps, erroneously used in some instances, but with few, if any, synonyms to take its place, that is perhaps understandable.
Today we feature the sad news that cancer battling mother, Clare Hutchinson, has died. In this instance, the word inspirational doesn’t cut it – for very different reasons.
Here we have a woman who fought off cancer more times than most of us will fight off a bout of the flu.
She tackled the illness head on, despite receiving devastating blow after devastating blow.
It’s true to say Mrs Hutchinson had plenty to live for, not least her doting son and granddaughter.
But she also had a zest for life which puts many of us to shame.
Fuel prices, potholes, unemployment, the cost of a pint; we all have our gripes and in the main, make sure everyone knows about them.
Here was a woman who, in the end, had to accept the cancer had got the better of her.
She knew she would die; that she was living on borrowed time.
Yet she had a smile that would light up a room, a personality that made it impossible not to like her – and she had more grit and determination than many of us put together.
Barrow is much the poorer for the death of Mrs Hutchinson.
But we should all take inspiration from the brave and dignified way in which she dealt with her illness – and remember how lucky we are.
Published: May 18, 2012
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