A heartbreaking letter written by a dying young woman is going viral after she passed away last week.
On the 4th of January Holly Butcher lost her battle with Ewing’s sarcoma, a rare form of cancer that affects mostly young people, at the age of 27.
Before she died, the Grafton woman penned a letter which she asked her family to post on her Facebook account once she was gone.
The message includes Holly’s moving insights as a 27-year-old woman forced to confront her mortality, despite not having done so many things she’d hoped and planned to do.
“It’s a strange thing to realise and accept your mortality at 26 years young,” she reflected.
“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.
“That’s the thing about life,” she noted. “It is fragile, precious and unpredictable and each day is a gift, not a given right,” she said, adding “I’m 27 now. I don’t want to go.”
After spending time reflecting on how she would live her life if she could overcome the disease, Holly decided to share her advice with those who get to keep on living.
In just a few days it’s had almost 8,000 shares and more than 10,000 reactions.
“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.
“Let all that s*** go,” she urged. “I swear you will not be thinking of those things when it is your turn to go.
“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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