After Being Diagnosed With Inoperable Cancer, This Veteran Decided to Cheer Other Patients Up!
An incurable lung cancer diagnosis would be a bitter pill to swallow for most people, but Craig Bryden isn’t most people. He’s a veteran of the Royal Navy who was on the HMS Sheffield when it was sunk during the Falklands War in 1982. The incident led to a bout with post traumatic stress disorder, but Bryden pulled through. So when he started going to chemotherapy, he decided he’d have a little fun and raise everyone’s spirits in the process.
Bryden is 56 years old, married and has two daughters in their early 20s. Doctors spotted his cancer at an over-55 health checkup. Determined not to let the diagnosis bring him down, Bryden found a unique choice of outfit for his first chemotherapy session: a full-blown pirate costume with long-haired wig and all.
According to The Portsmouth News, Bryden got on the bus to go to his first appointment and sat down next to a young shop assistant, Courtney Jones. She complimented him on his outfit, and they started to chat. Bryden mentioned how he didn’t want to dress like every other patient, and he felt that dressing up could spread some joy. Jones was so inspired by Bryden that she took a selfie with him and posted the picture on Facebook.
Jones included a caption with Bryden’s story, and the post went viral, amassing over 3,000 shares and over 14,000 likes in only a few weeks. People from across the globe have sent Bryden supportive messages, and he’s even getting appearance requests for charity fundraisers. One thing that’s certain already is that next time Bryden goes to chemotherapy, he’s switching it up and going as Wonder Woman.
Not only is Bryden brightening people’s days, he’s also raising awareness about cancer. To show support of your own and raise awareness about breast cancer, gear up with Pink Ribbon clothing.