Dean and Caroline Orchard lived every parent's worst nightmare. They had to bury their child.
Athena Orchard was just 12 years old when she was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a type of bone cancer. Athena had a 7 hour surgery to remove a tumor from her spine. Unfortunately, the cancer also spread to her head. She passed away days after her 13th birthday.
As her family went through her belongings to clean her room, they took down the full length mirror that was hanging. They knew the task was daunting, but the Orchards were never expecting what they found written on the back of the mirror.
In her own writing, Athena had left a message for her family.
“I couldn’t believe it," said Dean Orchard. "I saw all this writing, it must have been about 3,000 words. It’s so touching. When I first saw it, it just blew me away. She never mentioned it, but it’s the kind of thing she’d do. She was a very spiritual person, she’d go on about stuff that I could never understand – she was so clever.”
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