Leading health “blog” closes with sad end

Leading health "blog" closes with sad end

Fri Jan 28, 7:53 AM ET

PARIS (AFP) – One of the world’s most-read weblogs, a "tumour diary" written by a BBC journalist stricken with brain cancer, has come to an end, after its author became too sick to continue with the journal.

 Hundreds of thousands of people have followed the twists and turns in the life of BBC science and technology writer Ivan Noble, who launched the "blog" following his diagnosis with cancer in August 2002.

He movingly described his odyssey of chemotherapy and brain surgery, his marriage, the birth of a baby son last year, and a surge of hope — quickly dashed — that the brain tumour was in retreat.

But in a final posting on Thursday, Noble wrote: "This is my last diary. I have written it ahead of time because I knew there would be a point when I was not well enough to continue.

"That time has now come."

BBC Online (http://news.bbc.co.uk) told AFP on Friday that the "tumour diary" was read by 100,000 people per day on average.

There had been 300,000 visitors on the day of the final posting, and many of the visitors had left messages of goodwill and support for Noble.

"Judging by the enormous email response, the story has had an impact on many people," a BBC spokesperson said.

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