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

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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.

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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

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Sarah Biddlecombe is an award-winning journalist and Digital Features Editor at Stylist

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