Dying Woman's Advice for Living Touches Thousands

Holly Butcher wanted us to 'enjoy the bloody moment'
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 9, 2018 9:09 AM CST
Dying Woman's Advice for Living Touches Thousands
Part of Holly Butcher's post.   (Facebook)

They're simple words of advice from a 27-year-old Australian woman, but they've touched thousands around the world. News.com.au reports on an emotional letter penned by Holly Butcher, who died Thursday, months after she was diagnosed with a terminal cancer. The note—which family members were instructed to post to Facebook after her death—begins with Butcher describing the things she hoped to do in life: have a family, grow old. "I want that so bad it hurts," she writes. "But the control is out of my hands." Butcher then shares several points of advice that came with pondering life while accepting her fate. Among them: don't sweat the small stuff (who cares if "you have cellulite on your arse and your belly is wobbling"); love "with everything you have," and put down the phone and "enjoy the bloody moment."

"Tell your loved ones you love them every time you get the chance"; take care of yourself mentally and physically; enjoy the beauty of nature; spend money on experiences, not material things; "do what makes your heart feel happy"; give to others; and give blood, Butcher continues, per People. "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" enjoying "some of the greatest times of my life," she writes. "Anyway, that's just this one young gal's life advice. Take it or leave it, I don't mind!" Comments on the letter, shared more than 80,000 times, suggest her advice has overwhelmingly been taken to heart. "Thank you, Holly. I won't forget your words and I will give blood," reads one. (A dying man wrote 800 notes to his daughter.)

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