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Holly Butcher from Grafton, Australia, died from a rare form of cancer called Ewing’s sarcoma.
Butcher was 27 years old when she passed and wrote a letter on Facebook that has gone viral.
Some advice from Butcher’s Facebook letter.
“Be grateful for each day you don’t have pain, and even the days where you are unwell with man flu, a sore back, or a sprained ankle, accept it is shit but be thankful it isn’t life-threatening and will go away.
“Whinge less, people! .. And help each other more.
“Give, give, give. It is true that you gain more happiness doing things for others than doing them for yourself. I wish I did this more. Since I have been sick, I have met the most incredibly giving and kind people and been the receiver of the most thoughtful and loving words and support from my family, friends and strangers; More than I could I ever give in return. I will never forget this and will be forever grateful to all of these people.
“It is a weird thing having money to spend at the end.. when you’re dying. It’s not a time you go out and buy material things that you usually would, like a new dress. It makes you think how silly it is that we think it is worth spending so much money on new clothes and ‘things’ in our lives.
“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.
“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 will gain respect too! Amen sister.
“Get up early sometimes and listen to the birds while you watch the beautiful colors the sun makes as it rises.
“Listen to music.. really listen. Music is therapy. Old is best.
“Cuddle your dog. Far out, I will miss that.
“Talk to your friends. Put down your phone. Are they doing okay?
“Travel if it’s your desire, don’t if it’s not.
“Work to live, don’t live to work.
“Seriously, do what makes your heart feel happy.
“Eat the cake. Zero guilt.
“Say no to things you really don’t want to do.
“Don’t feel pressured to do what other people might think is a fulfilling life.. you might want a mediocre life and that is so okay.
“Tell your loved ones you love them every time you get the chance and love them with everything you have.
“Anyway, that’s just this one young gals life advice. Take it or leave it, I don’t mind!
“Oh and one last thing, if you can, do a good deed for humanity (and myself) and start regularly donating blood. It will make you feel good with the added bonus of saving lives. I feel like it is something that is so overlooked considering every donation can save 3 lives! That is a massive impact each person can have and the process really is so simple.
“Blood donation (more bags than I could keep up with counting) 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. A year I had some of the greatest times of my life.
..’Til we meet again.”