Two Rivers, WI – A 28-year-old cancer patient announced that he has run out of options, and after relapsing from cancer seven times, he has recorded a heartbreaking farewell video in which he thanks his friends, family, and his doctors for all of their support.
Terminal cancer patient Eric McLean has been making video updates detailing his struggle with the disease for the last three years, but his latest entry, the 109th in his YouTube journal, is to be his last, reports NY Daily. In the video, titled “Eric’s Confession Final,” McLean painfully announced that he “fought to the end,” but that “the fight is over.”
“We got some really bad news last week, and there’s nothing we can do. Ninety-six percent of my cerebral nervous system is cancerous. My sciatic nerve right now is being crushed by cancer so badly, I am in some of the worst pain you can imagine,” he says in the confessional video.
McLean, a native of Two Rivers, Wisconsin, was first diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia 10 years ago. He has undergone numerous rounds of chemotherapy and radiation, beating back the disease multiple times over the past decade. Now, he has relapsed for the seventh time, with cancer in his bone marrow and brain.
Doctors have given McLean “18 months … that’s not very good … but I made it here almost 10 years,” he said.
The constant sting of remission and relapse has taken its toll on McLean, who says that he has tried everything the doctors could give him to beat the cancer. He has even undergone stem-cell transplant, an experimental treatment, saying, “any time we wanted to try an experimental drug or whatever it was, I stood up to the plate. I swung my bat.”
“My doctor says I won. He says I won. I got to believe him. There’s nothing else I could have done. I fought to the end. I never said no.”
His family has since started a charity called L.I.F.E.to raise money for cancer patients and cancer research. In his video, McLean wishes a long and happy life to all of his loved ones. “I’m going to say ‘bye’ for the very last time. I love you all. Thank you all.”
Here’s McLean’s heartbreaking final ‘farewell’ video: