As a young person, it’s entirely natural to feel invincible. Like you’ll live forever. The concept of death – even being an old person – feels so alien that you rarely consider it . Your own mortality gets brushed to one side, almost as though it doesn’t apply to you.
But the truth is, none of us know how long we’ll be here. We can hedge our bets, but we never know if one of a number of things might happen and our time will be cut short.
That is, until it happens. And that’s exactly what 27-year-old Holly Butcher from Australia’s New South Wales had to deal with in recent months.
After being diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer, Ewing’s sarcoma, Holly had to deal with the fact that her illness was untreatable. Despite being in her mid-twenties, happy and previously healthy, Holly’s life was going to come to a premature end.
Battling with this kind of realisation is difficult for anyone, and Holly was keen to share with others some of the wisdom she’d gained from her heartbreaking experience. So before her death on January 4 this year, Holly penned a long, emotional letter reminding us not to take things for granted, and to put the small worries and stresses we have in perspective.
Following Holly’s passing, her family shared her moving words on her Facebook page in a post that has since gone viral.
The very next day, she passed away from cancer with her family by her side. She was just 27 years old
Her powerful message has been shared around the world, as people related to her passionate advice to live life to its fullest
Holly had been diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma, a rare form of cancer that primarily affects young people
“I always imagined myself growing old, wrinkled and grey- most likely caused by the beautiful family 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”
“Tell your loved ones you love them every time you get the chance and love them with everything you have”
Holly’s words resonated strongly with many people