Holly Butcher was probably just like any other 26 year old: wanting to further her career, fall in love and maybe have a family. Until a diagnosis made all those hopes shake.
Butcher, from Brisbane, Australia, garnered social media attention recently after penning a heartbreaking letter about her battle with cancer.
Her words have since garnered more than 8,000 shares, 11,000 likes, and 2,000 comments.
Her realization of mortality at such a young age is something many of us don’t want to confront yet, which makes her words more tear jerking.
She talks about wanting to start a family, grow old, and enjoy life. “I want that so bad it hurts,” she writes.
The beautiful blonde makes an important note too about appearances, and how often we are very preoccupied with nothing much else in this life.
“I’m watching my body waste away right before my eyes with nothing I can do about it,” she wrote, “and all I wish for now is that I could have just one more Birthday or Christmas with my family, or just one more day with my partner and dog. Just one more.”
We need to worry less about the things that will inevitably be irrelevant in the long run, whether it’s appearances, trends, the latest gadgets and whatnot, that we lose focus of the things that matter: family, dear friends, our children, our pets, and living a life free of shallow preoccupations.
“That’s the thing about life, it is fragile, precious, unpredictable and each day is a gift, not a given right,” Holly Butcher wrote in an emotional post on Facebook.
Her insight extends to all walks of life, no matter the amount of money you have in the bank or the type of work you do.
“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.
In her parting lines, Butcher asks those reading to consider donating blood. “If you can, do a good deed for humanity (and myself) and start regularly donating blood,” she writes. “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 3 lives! That is a massive impact each person can have and the process really is so simple.”
Butcher succumbed to Ewing’s s sarcoma. She was 27.