Holly Butcher was just 27-years-old when she lost her battle with Ewing’s sarcoma, a rare form of cancer in and around the bones. Now, an open letter she wrote before her death has gone viral on social media, receiving more than 47,000 shares and 60,000 reactions in just a matter of days.
“It’s strange to realise and accept your mortality at 26 years young,” she began the post shared by her family on Facebook. “It’s just one of those things you ignore. The days tick by and you just expect they will keep on coming; until the unexpected happens.”
“That’s the thing about life. It is fragile, precious and unpredictable and each day is a gift, not a given right,” she continued. “I’m 27 now. I don’t want to go. I love my life.”
Holly goes on to explain we should worry less about “the small, meaningless stresses in life” and remind us that we all have the same fate.
“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.”
“Let all that shit go,” she wrote. “I swear you will not be thinking of those things when it is your turn to go.”
“Appreciate your good health and functioning body – even I fit isn’t your ideal size. Look after it and embrace how amazing it is. Move it and nourish it with fresh food. Don’t obsess over it.”
Holly believes we should be more mindful with money and spend as much time with friends and family as we can.
“Don’t miss out on experiences because you spent all your money on material shit. Trust just enjoying and being in moments rather than capturing them through the screen of your phone.”
“Life isn’t meant to be lived through a screen nor is it about getting the perfect photo,” she added. “Enjoy the bloody moment people! Stop trying to capture it for everyone else.”
As her parting wish, Holly asked her readers to consider becoming blood donors.
“It will make you feel good with the added bonus of saving lives,” she wrote.
“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.”