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This Young Woman Died Of Cancer, But She Wrote A Love Letter To Life

Sigh. Tragedy can strike anyone at any time, and it’s more or less a fact of life. But it’s all about how we meet, greet and deal with tragedy that really matters. And it can sometimes transform us – as this story about a brave woman dealing with cancer proves.

As VT reports, twenty-seven-year-old New South Walesian, Holly Butcher, has been dealt a pretty unfair hand. She was so young and yet, she had her final moments in her struggle with cancer in 2017.

May she rest in peace.

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Credit: Facebook / Holly Butcher

And it finally ended on January 3, 2018. Just three days into the New Year. But before she left us, she wrote a list of three life lessons and posted it on Facebook.

Holly suffered from a bone cancer called Ewing’s sarcoma.

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Credit: Facebook / Holly Butcher

It’s both life-affirming and heart-breaking, however. She writes:

“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. I am happy… I owe that to my loved ones. But the control is out of my hands.”

The brave young woman continued:

“You might have got caught in bad traffic today, or had a bad sleep because your beautiful babies kept you awake, or your hairdresser cut your hair too short. Your new fake nails might have got a chip, your boobs are too small, or you have cellulite on your arse and your belly is wobbling.”

One of her most valuable lessons is learning to let go:

“Let all that shit go… I swear you will not be thinking of those things when it is your turn to go. It is all SO insignificant when you look at life as a whole. I’m watching my body waste away right before my eyes with nothing I can do about it and all I wish for now is that I could have just one more Birthday or Christmas with my family, or just one more day with my partner and dog. Just one more.”

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Credit: Facebook / Holly Butcher

Holly also reminded everyone to pay more attention and care for others:

“Give, give, give. It is true that you gain more happiness doing things for others than doing them for yourself. Buy your friend something kind instead of another dress, beauty product or jewellery for that next wedding. 1. No-one cares if you wear the same thing twice 2. It feels good. Take them out for a meal, or better yet, cook them a meal. Shout their coffee. Give/ buy them a plant, a massage or a candle and tell them you love them when you give it to them.”

Time is of the essence too, she realized:

“Value other people’s time. Don’t keep them waiting because you are shit at being on time. Get ready earlier if you are one of those people and appreciate that your friends want to share their time with you, not sit by themselves, waiting on a mate.”

You can take the time and read her original post below:

But she’s not just brave, she’s a wise young woman too. Besides making deep observations about life, Holly shared some powerful calls to action too:

“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.”

“Work to live, don’t live to work.”

And always, ALWAYS – believe in the power to change:

“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.”

She ended her post with an urge for everyone to donate blood, since it can be the one thing that will save someone’s life.

Her love letter to life and humanity was liked by more than 150 thousand people, shared more than 112,000 times and got tens of thousands of comments. May she rest in peace, and may we be forever grateful for the good things in life.

Source: VT