Woman’s heartbreakingly honest letter goes viral after her death aged 27

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Susan Devaney

After passing away last week, a woman’s family has shared her moving letter on Facebook. 

Before losing her battle with cancer, Holly Butcher penned a moving letter which she asked her family to share on Facebook after her death.

The 27-year-old passed away on 4 January from Ewing’s sarcoma – a rare form of cancer found in and around the bones.

Butcher, from New South Wales in Australia, shares her life lessons for other people to learn from and admits to wanting to “live on”.

“That’s the thing about life; It is fragile, precious and unpredictable and each day is a gift, not a given right,” Butcher starts off by explaining.

“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.”

Butcher asks people to stop worrying about “small, meaningless stresses”.

“I just want people to stop worrying so much about the small, meaningless stresses in life and try to remember that we all have the same fate after it all so do what you can to make your time feel worthy and great, minus the bulls**t,” she writes. 

A bit of life advice from Hol:It’s a strange thing to realise and accept your mortality at 26 years young. It’s just...

Posted by Holly Butcher on Wednesday, January 3, 2018

“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.”

Butcher then bluntly goes on to describe how insignificant these things are and that before you die they’re the last things you think about.

“Let all that s**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,” Butcher writes.

Butcher continues by listing all of the small things we take for granted on a daily basis like “cuddle your dog”, “listening to music” and getting out “amongst nature” and remembering to tell your loved ones how much they mean to you.

And, most importantly, realising the insignificance of material possessions and constantly being glued to 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!” she writes. 

“Stop trying to capture it for everyone else.”

“I just want people to stop worrying so much about the small, meaningless stresses in life…”

Butcher finishes her letter by stating the importance of giving blood:

“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 three lives! That is a massive impact each person can have and the process really is so simple,” she writes.

“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.”

The honest post has received more than 67,000 reactions and over 51,000 shares in a matter of days.

“Thank you. You are a beautiful soul,” one user wrote.

“What a beautiful message,” another posted.

Wise, wise words that we should all keep in mind for 2018. 

Find out where you can donate blood here.

Images: Green Chameleon / Facebook


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Susan Devaney

Susan Devaney is a digital journalist for, writing about fashion, feminism, and everything else in-between.

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