Daryn Blackwell had leukemia and was fighting another rare cancer. Last December, he was told he only had days to live. Deryn began planning his own funeral. It would have been the quirkiest of funerals. The coffin was to be driven in the same hearse that once carried Winston Churchill, then brought into the crematorium to the sound of Move Your Feet, a 2003 pop hit by Danish duo Junior Senior. Inside, the relatives would be waiting in specially selected fancy dress. And Deryn Blackwell, just 14, was to be laid to rest sporting his pink mohawk hair cut and wearing a suit. But then, everything changed.
Deryn is pictured above staying positive in hospital, pictured during his fight with cancer.
He was told he wouldn’t see Christmas, but Deryn, who is the only person in the world to suffer from both leukemia and another rare form of cancer has made a miraculous recovery.
Doctors are at a loss to explain why Deryn Blackwell, who is one of just five people in the world with Langerhans Cell Sarcoma, has had such a miraculous recovery.
His family members and his doctors think that his amazing recovery might have been his incredible positivity in his attitude towards both life and death.
The 14-year-old was diagnosed with the condition 18 months after he began battling leukemia in 2010.
The teenager underwent four bone marrow transplants, including two using his own stem cells, to try and make his body produce his own blood products again.
The cancer survivor had an incredibly resilient outlook, smiling while fighting off infection and undergoing treatment.
After finding out he was going to survive, Deryn went through a confusing mix of emotions, since he had come to terms so completely with the prospect of his death.
Before he found out he was going to survive, Deryn had come to terms completely with the prospect of his own death, his family saying that he was, “Looking forward to what was coming next”.
Many celebrities rallied behind Deryn in order to help him complete his bucket list before he died. Deryn is pictured above with comedian Russel Howard.
TV star Paul Hollywood helped Deryn fulfill a dream by taking him for a spin in a series of fancy cars.
Deryn’s father Simon had been a contestant on the Great British Bake Off, prompting the judge Paul Hollywood to get in touch with him when he heard the news about Deryn.
Deryn remained consistently upbeat until the very point he thought he was going to die, right before his recovery, displaying a relentless optimism in the face of his own mortality.
Brave cancer sufferer Deryn Blackwell pictured with Birds of a Feather stars Lesley Joseph, Linda Robson, and Pauline Quirke during his fight with the disease.
“A few weeks ago he was thinking merely in hours, and now he is thinking in days and years, about having a career, running the charity, and moving abroad. For the first time in four years, he can picture his own future,” said his father. Good luck on your continued recovery. We wish you the best!