Young cancer victim says 'each day is a gift, not a given right'

Luke Ashley-Cooper and Holly Butcher 

A young cancer victim wrote a heartbreaking letter of advice to the world moments before she died.

Holly Butcher, 27, of Australia, asked her family to post it on her Facebook account once she was gone.

Butcher lost her battle on Jan. 4 with Ewing's sarcoma, a rare form of cancer that affects mostly young people, according to

In the letter, Butcher wrote about enjoying life to the fullest and explained that life is fragile, precious and unpredictable -- that each day is a gift, not a given right.

As a reminder to not sweat the small stuff, Butcher assured you won’t be worrying about most of the things you complain about now when you’re on your death bed: “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," Butcher wrote. "Let all that sh**t go.. I swear you will not be thinking of those things when it is your turn to go. It is all SO insignificant when you look at life as a whole. I’m watching my body waste away right before my eyes with nothing I can do about it 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."


Not only that, Butcher urges everyone to do a good deed for humanity (and herself) to start regularly donating blood.

"It will make you feel good with the added bonus of saving lives," Butcher said.

She wrote she feels like it's something that is so overlooked considering every donation can save three lives.

She explained that blood donation helped keep her alive for an extra year -- a year she said she will be forever grateful that she "got to spend it here on Earth with my family, friends and dog."

Since her letter was posted, it has been shared more than 111,100 times and has been liked by more than 150,000 people.

You can read Butcher's entire message below.

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Posted by Holly Butcher on Wednesday, January 3, 2018

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Posted by Holly Butcher on Wednesday, January 3, 2018

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Posted by Luke Ashley-Cooper on Monday, January 8, 2018