Last year, Holly Butcher was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma. This is an extremely rare type of cancer that starts in the bones and spreads very quickly. She was only 26 when she was diagnosed.
On January 4th, a year after she was diagnosed, Holly died. But before she died, Holly wrote a letter that she wanted to be shared with others.
The note was shared the day before she died. In it, she talks about mortality, regrets, and the importance of living in the moment. She shared, “That’s the thing about life; it is fragile, precious and unpredictable and each day is a gift, not a given right.”
She went on to talk about why we need to let go of things more. “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...Let all that sh*t go. I swear you will not be thinking of those things when it is your turn to go.”
She then went on to encourage others to help each other. “Whinge less, people!...And help each other more.” Or, in other words, complain less, and help each other more.
She encourages people to “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.”
Her final piece of advice was to do something good. She shared, “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 then explained why it is so important to her that people donate blood. “Blood donation (more bags than I could keep up with counting) helped keep me alive for an extra year—a year that 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 letter was posted to Facebook and was shared over 130,000 times. If every single one of the people who shared it donated blood, just think about the impact it could have on so many lives.
Holly’s letter is incredible and inspirational. It reminds us to value the important things—not all the things that don’t matter in the end.
To find out more about blood donation, check out the American Red Cross’s website here.
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