A Life in 3 Years – The Inspiring Story of Alex Lewis

I recently read a story that truly inspired me. It was a story of courage and love. It was a story of passion and an indescribable zest for life. It was a story that made me ask myself one simple yet profound question…

What would I do if I knew I only had a few years left to live?

The story of Alex Lewis bears resemblance to everything I believe in and everything I try to inspire my readers to do – live life to the fullest.

At the age of 17, Alex started feeling unusual pains in his arm. He thought of it as nothing more than a sports injury. But when months passed and the pains continued to get worse, Alex decided to visit the doctor.

The news was heart-breaking.

Alex Lewis was diagnosed with bone cancer. Not only that, but the cancer had begun to spread to his lungs and, even with intense chemotherapy and surgery, there was simply nothing that could be done.

Alex was told that he only had a few years left to live.

This is the kind of news that would bring the strongest of people to tears. Just imagine for a second. All of your dreams and wishes gone in thin air. Your future erased – registered non-existent. The life you thought you would live has suddenly been shortened to two, maybe three years.

Alex was different. He always had a smile on his face. He did what so many of us fail to do – he always tried to see things from a positive perspective.

Alex decided that he wasn’t going to let his health keep him from living his life. In the few years that were to follow, Alex did more things than most of us ever will experience. He went on adventures most of us assume we’ll have ‘tomorrow’ to do.

He went dune buggy riding inDubai.

He went parachute jumping in New Zealand.

He made spur-of-the moment trips to Australia.

He even fell in love.

In his last year of life, Alex met Ali and, after a random kiss at a party, Alex had fallen madly in love. Three months into the relationship, the two were engaged and happier than ever. They shared the kind of love that few of us get to experience – the kind of love portrayed in movies and romance novels.

Alex and Ali

At the age of 22, five days after a rushed wedding in February 2011, Alex was gone.


I’m sharing this story with you not to mourn the death of a young man, but to celebrate the life that he chose to live. Alex’s story has shown us what it is to live life to the fullest.

It is about doing things today, not waiting for tomorrow.

It is about taking risks, making mistakes and constantly learning.

As fitness bloomers, remember what we are trying to achieveto get fit so we can enjoy life to the fullest.

I hope Alex’s story inspires you to make that change. Life is simply too short to wait.

And always think…

What would you do if you had a few years left to live?

8 thoughts on “A Life in 3 Years – The Inspiring Story of Alex Lewis”

  1. Srdjan,

    This is a very inspirational story and a great example of how we should all go about our lives no matter how long we have left. If I knew I only had a few years, I would quit my job and spend as much time with my family and friends as possible.


    1. Alykhan, it’s a question I always pose to people – if you had a short time to live, would you spend it with family, or would you choose to go see the world. I think the majority of us would choose family.

  2. Wow. That really smacks you in the face doesn’t it? I was just thinking about everything that I have complained about this past week. It makes you see how unimportant most things in life really are. Thanks for the reminder Srdj. I needed a little kick in the ass to remind me to quit sweating the small stuff.

    1. We definitely tend to worry too much about the little things in life, Kelly. Sometimes it’s important to just step back and look at the big picture for a second. We take so many things for granted that we forget about all the things we should really be thankful for.

  3. Wow, what an inspirational story, I pray that Alex’s family, including his new wife, recover quickly, but at the same time, it makes me very happy to know that Alex spent his last few moments a very happy man.

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