This young man only lived to be 18, but spent his life well.

The video above is part of the video dairy of a young American man, Ben Breedlove, aged 18.  This entry was made just days before he succumbs to the heart condition:  hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a condition in which one part of the heart is thicker than the other parts, making it difficult for the heart to pump blood.

In this diary entry you learn that Ben "cheated" death three other times in his short life, and each time he had an encounter with something greater than himself, each time he felt great peace and "did not want to come back."  Ben could not cheat death on Christmas Day, 2011. 

This young man did not let his heart condition stop him from living his life, loving what he did and being a positive light for the world.  Ben never seemed a young man who was embittered by his condition and that can only be credited to his parents. He seemed to be raised with a deep respect and love toward his family and friends, with a deep commitment to God and his faith. He was the "go-to-guy" among his friends for advice and his YouTube channel was creative and fun. He will be missed by all who were touched by this young man and his positive spirit.

As an 100 year old aunt told her niece: "Life is for the living. Live life for all who are living, not for the dead; remember the dead for they are part of your life, but don't stop living your life when the life of a loved one is over."

 RIP Ben


  1. May Ben rest in peace. Thanks for posting these videos, Patricia.


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