We at UNILAD are huge fans of Imgur, and we often have a bit of a procrastination sesh on there, looking for a couple of pictures to give us a laugh and pass the time of day. What we did not expect to find was this absolutely heartbreaking story of one 22 year old, Jorge Adkins.
Despite Jorge writing ‘this won’t get a lot of views or upvotes’, his post, entitled ‘My Last Day On Earth’ has only been live for 15 hours – and has already touched the hearts of hundreds of thousands of people.
Jorge made the post while suffering from brain cancer and while he has now passed away, his legacy will live on through not only his computer that has been passed on to his nephew (more of that and his favourite computer games later), but through his post that has now been seen nearly half a million times.
So, let’s talk a bit about Jorge. He had been suffering from brain cancer for two years, and spent a huge portion of that time in and out of hospital – in fact, the last seven months were spent confined to a hospital bed.
Here is what Jorge had to say:
This picture represents how I manage to use the computer when I was at home. Since I couldn’t afford a lot of the treatments I would be in and out of the hospital multiple times, the last 7(ish) months I have been in the hospital and it has been a huge strain on my family. I was in a coma from October 2014 to January 8th 2015, my family all thought I was going to be alright, but I knew that wasn’t the case. The last 2 months I have been browsing from my tablet and cellphone, which has helped me out so much. Cancer is a strange thing, it’s as if you don’t feel it, but at the same time you feel everything.
He was a self confessed nerd (aren’t we all) and cites game Zelda as one of the things he will miss the most, noting that his nephew will now get his computer in memory of him, and that he hopes his legacy will live on.
Jorge couldn’t find an image of the game for his post, but we have found one for everyone to see.
This was his favourite wallpaper and once you see it, it will probably become yours too.
It is just so epic, and abstract. Batman fighting a shark underwater with a lightsaber?! Blows my mind! (Pun not supposed to be intended)
There was one thing Jorge did not get to experience – sex – and he was not shy about handing advice out to the rest of us…
He firstly spoke about his lack of sex and porn in hospitals:
One thing I will never experience is sex, sounds a bit silly but it is something that makes me wonder. One thing I will advise you if you are ever in a situation that you have to stay in a hospital for a long period of time, DO NOT WATCH PORN. I tried, I tried so hard… almost had a heart attack and the nurses came running. I laughed it off and they had no idea what I was laughing about…
And now for the rest of us…
CONGRATS ON THE SEX. To everyone out there, have sex and have lots of great sex. Please be safe when having sex though, as we all know the consequences of what could happen… but enjoy it. As I will never have the opportunity and I have always thought of maybe hiring a prostitute to get my virginity out of the way, I have not and I am incapable of leaving this bed. But have some fun, wild and dirty sex (if you are into that).
Jorge said this was the most ‘peaceful place he had ever been to’…
In the summer of 2013 I visited the Yellowstone National Park, it was 2 months into finding the tumor in my brain, and my family begged me to get out of the house to fulfill my life. In this picture, photo by my sister Jill who is a photographer, across the lake was a forest fire and the sky was pink and we could see fire on the trees… was an amazing experience. It reminded me of how cancer is, and how it can destroy such beautiful people… it does damage to everyone around.
Of course, no post would be complete without a Gif and this one has quite the story with it…
Not even joking, the first time I saw this was 2 weeks admitted into the hospital and Nurse Debra and I were browsing Imgur. (I should point out that Debra was the one who showed me Imgur, she doesn’t have an account but she lurks just like I always have) And I laughed so hard in years that I had actually peed my pants, I was so embarrassed but Debra was ‘used’ to this.
Jorge’s final couple of posts were heart wrenching and not only make you seriously think about how money or a lack of it can make such a difference to a situation like his, but it fills you with nothing but admiration for both him and his family.
Achievement Unlocked: Life.
About a month ago they said I would have about 6 months left to live with treatments, but unfortunately my family can no longer provide enough money to keep me alive. A half a year would be pointless to me, spending the rest of my time in a hospital bed is more sickening than having cancer. I’m ready to pull the plug, and last week my family has already decided that is what we have to do. I’m tired of the strain that I have caused on my family and friends, the money, the worrying if I was going to make another day or die in my sleep. It’s hard enough that I am dying, but have extra stress on me is killing me even more.
At the end of the day, it’s just life…
You can’t do much about it, you just need to live your life to the fullest. And we always hear that, but we never know what it actually means… for some people it could be crazy vacations, sky diving or saving a kitty from a fire, or for some it’s being with your family and friends. Everyone has a different comfort zone and some of us need to respect that.
Jorge Adkins passed away on Sunday March 29th at 1:26 am (Eastern). As requested, he wanted to pass in his sleep.
A few things he wanted me to share:
‘Be yourself, you are one of a kind, a rare majestic kind. Be positive about life, embrace it how ever you want to, no one can tell you otherwise. Please if you have children, tell them to be themselves, don’t allow social media to teach them to act or behave a certain way, respect your morals. If you like playing video games, then play video games, don’t hide your interest because someone doesn’t approve, fuck them!’
I just wanted to share that this has made Jorge and I so happy, it was truly the best way he could pass. I haven’t seen him this genuinely happy in so long. This wasn’t just for Ad, this was also for me, it was a bonding experience that I will never forget. We laughed and cried typing this up, and we read every single message that we could. He was so happy, I will miss my buddy so much.
Rest in the sweetest peace big guy.
The internet community has reacted with sorrow at the news of Jorge’s passing, and Reddit users spoke for the majority of us with this post.
One guy spoke for many people when writing:
I will not cry….I…will…not……..Admins! I call for a change of the subreddit banner to his favorite wallpaper for the rest of the month in memory of him and many others that have passed! We are a community, a brotherhood[and sisterhood :P] I say we do something to honor those that have come and gone…..am I not the only one who thinks this way?
Again, a huge H/T to Imgur for the post and RIP Jorge, although those words don’t quite seem like enough this time.