Dying scientist’s last tweet prompts outpouring of love and reflection

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A scientist from battling cancer has elicited outpouring love, best wishes and compassion after he bid farewell to the world through a tweet saying that he is on his last days.

Professor Mark Stokes who describes himself as a scientist, dad and robot from Oxford United Kingdom published the following tweet.

“Hi folks. I’m afraid it’s time for me to say goodbye. Not just leaving Twitter, but the whole show. I’ve been battling cancer last 2 years, but now only have a few days left now. Thank you wonderful people, I leave this crazy world with much love in my heart ❤️”

The tweet has been shared over 25,000 times with more than 600,000 people responding in less than 24 hours from across the world.

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Here are some of the responses;

Sally Gardner, “I lost my husband last year.  You will have touched so many people’s lives and made such a difference, both as a person and a scientist (all those students – what will they discover?) Your genes, your songs, and stories will live on in your family – you gave them all that. Go well.”

Kristin Erickson, “Another stranger who wishes she’d known you. I’ve lost many people closest to me, including my son to an accident & I promise you’ll be able to come back & hang out with those you love. Hopefully, they’ll be able to hear you, as I can hear my son. Much love.”

Karen P. Stevens, “Your post stopped me in my tracks – as it did so many others. I immediately hugged my granddaughter.  May the coming days be peaceful and may every single moment be filled to overflowing with love.”

James Dean, “You’ll take some love with you. I don’t know you, but I understand, my own battle with cancer is currently inconclusive. I may be along shortly. I wish you strength, peace and grace in the final chapter of the great adventure.”

Pattie Crowson, “As most have said, I have no idea who you are and you randomly popped up at the top of my feed. I don’t think it was random though, you showed up to remind us all how precious life is and how we can love those we don’t know. Prayers for you and your family and friends.”

Sophie Anne, “I’ve only just come across your tweet and like many others have said, wish I’d have read more, sooner. Sending you courage, peace and strength to you and your family.”

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