Wilko: I hope for my wife’s bravery at the end
Wilko Johnson hopes he’ll be as brave as his late wife when his terminal cancer finally kills him.
in January he revealed he had an inoperable tumour on his pancreas, that he’d refused chemotherapy and would instead try to enjoy the time he had left.
Johnson tells the Mirror: “In January they told me I had about ten months to live. I felt perfectly healthy, and they said that would last about eight months.
“Any time now I could get sick and that’s that. But I’m trying to enjoy myself before that happens. We don’t know exactly when the crisis is going to come, so we’re just going to keep playing gigs.”
Johnson – who was recently honoured by his local pub – performed his last scheduled appearance yesterday at the Bingley Music Live festival, but he’s added a guest appearance with the 45s at the Oysterfleet Hotel in his native Canvey Island on September 19.
However, he’s aware time is ticking. And when the end comes he’ll be thinking about his wife, Irene Knight, who died of cancer in 2004. He created a JustGiving page in her memory and it’s still open for donations.
He says: “I know what it’s like to lose someone you love. It’s a terrible feeling – it’s so much worse for my friends and family than for me.
“When my wife was dying, that was despair. I’m still in love with her. The most painful thing in my life is that she’s gone. Seeing her wasting away… she was so brave and never complained. She was a wonderful person.
“I hope I can live up to her example.”
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