Life lessons from 'true hero' Stephen Sutton

Stephen Sutton giving a thumbs up in his hospital bed.
Stephen Sutton was diagnosed with incurable metastatic bowel cancer when he was 15. Credit: Facebook

Teenager Stephen Sutton, who dedicated his life to spreading happiness and inspiring others, has lost his cancer fight, aged just 19.

Despite suffering from incurable metastatic bowel cancer, Stephen remained determined to experience life - writing a 46-point bucket list of adventures to complete along the way.

File photo of Stephen at Disneyland.
Stephen Sutton created a bucket list of things he wanted to do before he died. Credit: Facebook

Here are some of the teenage inspiration's most memorable quotes:

I'm not afraid of dying, I'm afraid of not cramming as much into my life as I should have done.

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"I don't see the point in measuring life in terms of time. I'd rather measure life in terms of making a difference" http://t.co/RzkfI327Vp

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It is not the situation, it is how I react to the situation that is important.

Spread as much positivity as possible - that's my goal.

Stephen Sutton with an elephant.
Stephen's mother said her 'heart is bursting with pride but breaking with pain' after his death. Credit: Facebook

When you look at the positives of life, there is so much to enjoy, there is so much to be excited about.

We are on the journey together. This isn't about me, it's about helping others.

Stephen Sutton at Nasa Space Centre.
Stephen wanted to 'spread positivity' while he was alive. Credit: Facebook

There is only so long that you can ask, 'Why me?'

I have been to a place that makes you realise life might not be fair, but that realisation pushes you to make it a better place.

Stephen Sutton with the Prime Minister
Prime Minister David Cameron said after Stephen's death, 'A very, very bright light has gone out'. Credit: SWNS

I am not suffering from cancer, I am living with cancer. I am not cancer.

Read: Manford: Sutton was 'most inspiring person I've ever met'

Make every second count, never take anything for granted, don't be afraid to try something new - life is for living.

File photo of Stephen Sutton filming Stephen's Story.
Stephen Sutton has raised more than £3.4 million on his JustGiving page for the Teenage Cancer Trust. Credit: Facebook

From someone who wants more time in this world, please don't waste yours, you'd be amazed what you can achieve when you try.

Read: School's wall of remembrance honours Stephen Sutton