Before She Died, She Left A Secret Note To Her Family Behind A Mirror.
A 12-year-old girl named Athena Orchard lost her battle with cancer on May 28th, 2014. In December, she was diagnosed with osteosarcoma and had been given intense chemotherapy treatments over the last months.
Her family has been devastated and are trying their best to cope with her death. Just a few days ago, Athena’s father, Dean, found a message that she wrote on the back of her mirror…
Dean told Leicester Mercury, “ When I moved the mirror after she died I couldn’t believe it, 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. I started reading it but before long I had to stop because it was too much – it was heartbreaking. “
Excerpts from Athena’s message:
Happiness depends upon ourselves.
Maybe it’s not about the happy ending, maybe it’s about the story.
The purpose of life is a life of purpose.
The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra. Happiness is a direction not a destination.
Thank you for existing. Be happy, be free, believe, forever young.
You know my name, not my story.
You have heard what I’ve done, but not what I’ve been through.
Love is like glass, looks so lovely, but it’s easy to shatter.
Love is rare, life is strange, nothing lasts and people change.
Every day is special, so make the most of it. You could get a life-ending illness tomorrow so make the most of every day.
Life is only bad if you make it bad.
If someone loves you then they wouldn’t let you slip away no matter how hard the situation is.
Remember that life is full of ups and downs, without the downs the ups don’t mean anything.
I’m waiting to fall in love with someone I can open my heart to.
Love is not about who you can see spending your future with it’s about who you can’t see spending your life without.
Life is a game for everyone but love is the only prize.
Athena's message is a great reminder to us all. Life is precious. Make the most of every day for it is a gift.
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