Everyone should take a few minutes out of their busy schedule and give this letter written by Holly Butcher a look. Holly was a 27-year-old woman from Grafton, New South Wales, Australia, who very sadly passed away on Thursday. She was battling a rare form of cancer called Ewing’s Sarcoma which is a bone cancer and she knew she was dying. During her battle with her cancer Holly decided to write this absolutely heartbreaking letter reflecting on her feelings, regrets, thoughts and I think everyone should take the time to look at her letter. Her family made the decision to share the letter online a few hours after Holly had passed. We couldn’t be happier they did, her words really put things into perspective about life and the whole big picture thing. Either way, it’s definitely worth the read and try and remember “Eat the cake. Zero guilt.”
“It’s a strange thing to realise and accept your mortality at 26 years young. 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.
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.
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.
Those times you are whinging about ridiculous things (something I have noticed so much these past few months), just think about someone who is really facing a problem.
Be grateful for your minor issue and get over it. It’s okay to acknowledge that something is annoying but try not to carry on about it and negatively effect other people’s days.
Once you do that, get out there and take a freaking big breath of that fresh Aussie air deep in your lungs, look at how blue the sky is and how green the trees are; It is so beautiful. Think how lucky you are to be able to do just that – breathe.
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 sh*t 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.
Don’t worry…if you’re not crying yet, you will be.