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Before She Died, This 27-Year-Old Wrote A Letter That Broke Everyone's Heart

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You wouldn't expect a 27-year-old woman from Australia to provide the kind of advice that makes people around the world stop and think about their lives, but obviously Holly Butcher is pretty special.

Last year, she was diagnosed with Ewings sarcoma, an extremely rare form of leg and pelvis cancer. Based on statistics from here in the US, being diagnosed with Ewings is literally a one in a million chance, and Butcher was simply unlucky.

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While children can usually survive Ewings, it proves to be fatal in about half of all adult cases, and Butcher died from the disease last week. But before she passed away, she took to Facebook to write an open letter about what she learned from the disease.

"It's a strange thing to [realize] and accept your mortality at 26 years young," she wrote about her diagnosis.

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"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. I always imagined myself growing old, wrinkled and grey "“ most likely caused by the beautiful family (lots of kiddies) I planned on building with the love of my life. I want that so bad it hurts"

But while Butcher didn't get the life she wanted, she learned a few important life lessons before she died, and her full letter proves we could all learn a thing or two from her.

As Butcher says, life is truly "unpredictable," and "each day is a gift, not a given right."

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

In her open letter, she reminds people not to dwell on the way they look or how much stuff they have, because they won't miss those "small, meaningful stresses" when their life is ending.

"All I wish for now is that I could have just one more Birthday or Christmas with my family," Butcher says, "or just one more day with my partner and dog. Just one more."

She also had some important advice about being grateful for your situation, no matter what it is.

"I hear people complaining about how terrible work is or about how hard it is to exercise "” Be grateful you are physically able to," she wrote. "Work and exercise may seem like such trivial things ... until your body doesn't allow you to do either of them."

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Along with suggesting people follow their heart's desire while they still can, and take time to appreciate the little things, Butcher has one last important suggestion for everyone: donate blood.

"I feel like it is something that is so overlooked considering every donation can save 3 lives! That is a massive impact each person can have and the process really is so simple."

We could all learn something from Butcher.

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