Holly Butcher, a 27-year-old victim of cancer penned a heartbreaking letter to the world just a day before she succumbed to death. A star sportsman who represented her state in squash and hockey, she urged everyone to cherish life and live it to the fullest. Holly suffered from Ewing’s Sarcoma, a rare form of cancer that affects bones and soft tissues. Her last message ‘note before I die’ was shared by her family on Facebook and since then, it has been going posthumously viral on social media.
“I always imagined myself growing old, wrinkled and grey — most likely caused by the beautiful family (lots of kiddies) I planned on building with the love of my life. I want that so bad it hurts,” Holly admits, as she begins her final letter.
Holly’s letter should be read in full but here are some life lessons from the wisdom gained by a young, vibrant women who fought tooth an nail for spending more time with her family and friends.
Her passion for life and her advice to rising above superficiality and materialism is truly inspiring.
‘Life isn’t meant to be lived through a screen nor is it about getting the perfect photo … enjoy the b****y moment people!’
She adds that showing love to friends and family is the biggest gift you can give them.
“Give, give, give. It is true that you gain more happiness doing things for others than doing them for yourself. I wish I did this more.”
Stay healthy but don’t obsess over it!
”Appreciate your good health and body, even if it isn’t your ideal size”
‘I just want people to stop worrying about the small, meaningless stresses in life’
“That’s the thing about life, it is fragile, precious, unpredictable and each day is a gift, not a given right.”
In the end, she urges others to donate.
“Blood donation … helped keep me alive for an extra year – a year I will be forever grateful that I got to spend it here on earth with my family, friends and dog’
Rest in Power, Halley!