Holly Butcher, a 27-year-old woman, lost her life after a battle with Ewing’s sarcoma, cancer located in and around the bones. Before she passed, she wrote a letter to the world about how to cherish every day.
Holly, from Grafton, NSW, wrote it was strange to accept death at a young age because she imagined growing old.
‘That’s the thing about life, it is fragile, precious, unpredictable and each day is a gift, not a given right,’ she wrote.
‘The days tick by and you just expect they will keep on coming until the unexpected happens. I’m 27 now. I don’t want to go. I love my life.’
Holly said she wanted people to stop worrying about the ‘meaningless stresses in life’ like getting stuck in traffic or having a wobbly belly and think about someone facing more challenging problems.
‘Let all that s*** go … it is so insignificant when you look at life as a whole,’ Ms. Butcher wrote.
‘Take a big breath of that fresh Aussie air deep in your lungs, look at how blue the sky is and how green the trees are … think how lucky you are to be able to do just that – breathe.’
Holly, who represented the state in squash and hockey, said she watched her body waste away and reminded people to be grateful if they aren’t suffering life-threatening illnesses.
She wanted people to value time, the 27-year-old wrote that people should ‘share their time’ with friends and family and use the money for experiences rather than buying a new outfit.
‘Don’t miss out on experiences because you spent all your money on material s***,’ Ms. Butcher wrote.
‘Trust 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.’
The young woman encouraged people to ‘work to live not live to work’, signed off by reminding everyone to donate blood.
‘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,’ Ms. Butcher wrote.
‘A year I had some of the greatest times of my life.’
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