Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

"Outweigh the bad with the good": dying teen writes inspiring guide to happiness

ad_193742275.jpg

A young teenager who was given just days to life wrote an inspiring guide to happiness before her death.

Jess Fairclough, a 17-year-old girl from Liverpool, penned the guide after being diagnosed with a rare form of cancer last November. Wanting to spend time with her friends and family and enjoy hobbies such as writing and making music, Fairclough made the list to ensure she maximised her remaining time on earth.

Titled Things that are most important right now, it includes simple pleasures such as writing in a journal and drawing.

jess fairclough list to happiness

Jess ended the list with, "These make up being happy and I believe that is the secret to life: to be happy and to make stuff and to be as good to each other as possible."

The heartbreaking guide has inspired those closest to Jess to fundraise in her memory. The JustGiving page, which describes the teen as "happy" and "special", says that when Jess received her prognosis she responded, "Not everybody is meant to live a long time. And that’s okay." 

The page also details the teen's charitable nature, describing how she chose to donate £125 to a homeless person in place of receiving a final treat because she believed, "that’s what they’d need to have a good week".

The fundraising page is in aid of CLIC Sargant, a charity that offers support to young people living with cancer across the UK.

You can read more poignant goodbye letters here.

Jess Fairclough with her husky

Jess Fairclough with her husky

Images via The Liverpool Echo

Related

lara casalotti 2.jpg

Plea for bone marrow transplant sparks "overwhelming" response

rickman.jpg

Actor Alan Rickman dies aged 69 following battle with cancer

Malala Yousafzai.jpg

Who’s really going to change the world in 2016?

makeup.jpg

David Bowie: 25 of his most iconic fashion moments

empathy-cards-emily-mcdowell1.jpg

Empathy cards capture the words we couldn't say in times of grief

bowie_aladin_sane_1000px.jpg

Music legend David Bowie dies after battle with cancer

x_tdy_joliepitt_151030.nbcnews-ux-1080-600.jpg

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt talk about cancer scares and marriage

modelling-cancer-patient.jpg

Woman battling cancer pursues groundbreaking career as a model

ThinkstockPhotos-98361027.jpg

Widower hands out 100 love letters in memory of his late wife

Comments

More

Kate Middleton opens up about motherhood and mental illness

“Your fundamental identity changes overnight.”

by Moya Crockett
24 Mar 2017

Oklahoma lawmaker says rape and incest are ‘the will of God’

Republican was defending a controversial anti-abortion bill

by Georgina Wilkinson
24 Mar 2017

The trailer for Emilia Clarke’s new horror film is utterly terrifying

Even Daenerys might have trouble with this one

by Amy Swales
24 Mar 2017

Emma Thompson reveals Donald Trump once asked her out on a date

Just imagine: Emma Thompson, First Lady of the United States

by Moya Crockett
24 Mar 2017

Kate Winslet recalls being called 'blubber' by school bullies

The Oscar winner had the last laugh

23 Mar 2017

Ryan Gosling explains his reaction to the Oscars Best Picture blunder

He could barely stifle his giggle - but it's not what you think...

by Hayley Spencer
23 Mar 2017

The best A-list Instagrams from the week so far

From January Jones' beauty regime to Emma Roberts' book club

by Nicola Colyer
23 Mar 2017

Brie Larson is playing a very important figure in feminist history

Victoria Woodhull, the first woman to run for president, was a fascinating character.

by Moya Crockett
23 Mar 2017

Piers Morgan is finally quitting social media

If only it was forever

by Amy Swales
22 Mar 2017

Louis Theroux on the one documentary he had to abandon

“I would still love to do it. The world’s my oyster.”

by Georgina Wilkinson
22 Mar 2017