27-Year-Old With Cancer Pens Powerful Letter Before Passing Away, Reminding Us To Really Live Life

"Tell your loved ones you love them every time you get the chance, and love them with everything you have."

Holly Butcher, a woman from New South Wales, Australia, passed away on Jan. 4 after fighting a rare form of cancer that occurs in and around the bones called Ewing's sarcoma. The day before the 27-year-old passed away, she wrote a powerful letter on Facebook, filled with advice to inspire others to live their lives to the fullest. 

Now, her letter is going viral. 


"It's a strange thing to realize and accept your mortality at 26 years young," Butcher begins. "It's just one of those things you ignore. The days tick by and you just expect they will keep on coming — until the unexpected happens." Butcher adds that she always imagined herself growing old, having a family with lots of children, and building it all with the "love of her life." 

"I want that so bad, it hurts. That's the thing about life; it is fragile, precious and unpredictable and each day is a gift, not a given right. I'm 27 now. I don't want to go. I love my life ... But the control is out of my hands."

Butcher writes that it's been hard to talk about death with others, seeing as though it's often treated as taboo. But she wants people not to let this stop them as we all have the same fate after all. " [...] so do what you can to make your time feel worthy and great, minus the bullshit."

With that, Butcher breaks down some points about living life to the fullest. She starts by recommending we stop whining about "ridiculous things" and remember there are a lot of people out there fighting difficult battles. 

"It's okay to acknowledge that something is annoying, but try not to carry on about it and negatively affect other people's days."

She reminds people to enjoy the fresh air, and to appreciate the world around them. She wants people to appreciate their bodies, their birthdays, their time with their families and partners, and their dogs. 

"Remember there are more aspects of good health than the physical body ... work just as hard on finding your mental, emotional and spiritual happiness too. That way you might realize just how insignificant and unimportant having this stupidly portrayed perfect social media body really is ... While on this topic, delete any account that pops up on your news feeds that gives you any sense of feeling shit about yourself. Friend or not. Be ruthless for your own well-being."

Butcher reminds people to give to others, adding that it can promote your own happiness. You can do this by lending your support and words, your money, your time. And when you use your own money, use it for experiences. "Or at least don't miss out on experiences because you spent all your money on material shit," she writes. 

"Put in the effort to do that day trip to the beach you keep putting off. Dip your feet in the water and dig your toes in the sand. Wet your face with salt water. Get amongst nature. Try just enjoying and being in moments, rather than capturing them through the screen of your phone. Life isn't meant to be lived through a screen, nor is it about getting the perfect photo ... enjoy the bloody moment, people! Stop trying to capture it for everyone else."

"listen to music ... cuddle your dog ... talk to your friends ... work to live ... eat the cake ... say no to things you really don't want to do."  

"Tell your loved ones you love them every time you get the chance, and love them with everything you have. Also, remember if something is making you miserable, you do have the power to change it — in work or love or whatever it may be. Have the guts to change. You don't know how much time you've got on this Earth so don't waste it being miserable. I know that is said all the time, but it couldn't be more true."

Finally, Butcher asks people to give pack through good deeds, particularly donating blood. This is a cause that's particularly close to her, seeing as though the blood donation process has helped to keep her live for an extra year. 

Butcher's letter has since been shared nearly 60 thousand times, with people thanking her for her words and noting that they intend to take her advice with them as they go. 

"You are an angel Holly. I promise I'll never forget your words. I thank you from the bottom of my heart," one person writes. 

"What a remarkable woman to have written these words. A beautiful script to live your life by," another adds.


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